Blackfeet Nation holds first moose hunt raffle, open to all

Bison from the Blackfeet Buffalo Program graze on their winter range along the Two Medicine River. The tribe has about 700 bison in the herd, and this year they harvested about 20 to distribute across the community.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

For the first time, the Blackfeet Nation is offering two moose hunt lottery opportunities to the public.

The first lottery is open from March 1 through May 1, and the second begins on March 3 and ends July 1.

Interested hunters – Native, non-Native, Montana residents or non-residents – may buy up to 20 tickets at $10 apiece. The winner must pay the tribe $3,500 to secure the hunt. But if more than 3,500 tickets are sold through the lottery, the license will be free to the selected hunter. Blackfeet non-member trophy bull moose tags currently sell for $15,000 to $35,000 each, according to a news release.

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The tribe earlier this winter held its first raffle bison hunts, also open to the public. The

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