All raffle ticket sales will be donated to support Western Section student and early career professionals  

We will be requesting donations for awesome prizes and wildlife themed gift baskets for our annual raffle.  All funds raised will be used to support programs to help Western Section students and early career professionals. The raffle will be a bucket raffle where you place tickets in exhibit hall buckets for the prizes you hope to win. The drawing will be held Wednesday evening, with winning ticket numbers posted on the Whova app and at the registration desk. There will be some amazing prizes, including some new super surprises! If you are able to donate funds, items or experiences to this program, we do ask that you kindly let us know in advance so we can plan ahead.  Any last-minute donations received may be saved for the next year’s raffle.

Raffle tickets will be sold starting Tuesday night at the Welcome Reception, and a last call for raffle tickets will be announced on Wednesday just before the start of the raffle. We encourage everyone to purchase raffle tickets, which are available at the Registration Desk or from Western Section Executive Board members and volunteers.  Consider buying some raffle tickets at the registration table when you pick up your reg packet!

Please contact us ahead of time if you are able to donate something special to any of these programs.  Email:

This Year, Donate You

Every year, we reach out to supportive individuals and organizations like you in search of auction/raffle donors to support our annual meeting. In the past, generous donations to the Western Section raffle and auction have allowed us to help support the educational and professional development of the next generation of wildlife biologists and managers. This year we are excited to announce that we are expanding the scope of our auction to include member-donated experiences and items for our auction.

If you are an illustrator, a painter, a knitter, an author, an outdoors person, or simply a Western Section member with something unique to offer your fellow wildlifers, we are reaching out to *you* to see if you would be interested in donating an experience or item. Maybe you are an avid birder who can share the art of birding by ear, or an outdoors person who can lead a guided hunt. Perhaps you can offer a weekend getaway in your family’s summer cabin or a chartered flight to an out-of-the-way fly-fishing destination. Paintings, signed books, a wildlife-themed knitted beanie, and a locally-gathered and home-cooked meal are examples of “hand-made” items that members would love to have. Goods crafted by hand with love and experiences to share with fellow wildlifers not only can help support the Western Section, but also can help forge new friendships between members along the way.