Many non-profit organizations have a difficult time raising
funds to accomplish valuable projects. Understanding this, Thousand Hills
Bison Ranch enjoys working with a few clubs each year by assisting them
in their holding a Wild Bison Hunt Raffle
by providing an all-inclusive bison hunt. It is our desire to work with
clubs that have an interest in making this an annual fundraiser. Tickets
seem to go like hotcakes the second year after the winner comes home with
his "I almost got gored" stories and record book bull.
Here are a few FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Please call or email John Morningsky Ray for more details.
Who can hold a raffle? State
laws regulate raffles and it is vital that we abide by local regulations.
Most states require raffles to be held by non-profit organizations or
clubs. Check with your Secretary of State regarding registering your raffle.
Your local Chamber of Commerce can also answer questions because many
of them hold raffles themselves. Since raffles are considered to be a
game of chance, Internet raffle ticket sales are prohibited to my best
When will the drawing take place?
This is whenever your club decides to hold the drawing. A good time is
a large event (re-enactment, shoot or rendezvous). This will give you
an opportunity to make a big push to sell the few remaining tickets.
When does the hunt take place?
The actual hunting date is worked out with the winner. We realize that
most people will need to schedule the time off.
How much do the tickets cost and
how many tickets do we need to sell? This is an individual club
decision, based upon your clubs location, fundraising goal and involvement.
Here are a few suggestions: 500 tickets @ $10; 200 tickets @ $25; 100
tickets @ $50. Each of these cases will produce a gross income of $5,000.
You may choose not to limit the number of tickets, but most people are
more inclined to purchase if they know the number of tickets is limited.
How much can we make? This
will entirely depend upon how many tickets you sell and at what price.
We discount the cost of the hunt by 15% to give you an immediate head
How do you help us sell tickets?
We will place a banner ad on our website promoting your raffle. If you
have a website or email address, we will also provide a link so our hunter/browser
can go directly to you and learn how to purchase tickets. We also provide
attractive color brochures about the hunt for your distribution. The more
educated a prospective buyer is, the more likely he/she is to buy. Additionally,
we will provide you with a 3' by 8' display banner (to be returned after
Where do we get the tickets?
Tickets can be printed locally or you can contact Kwiktickets.com to purchase
1000 tickets for $39.99.
Is there an agreement that covers
our arrangement? Yes. Misunderstandings can be avoided by putting
things in writing. Click
here to download the agreement.
What kind of hunt is it? You
may choose to raffle off our Trophy bison hunt or the meat hunt. Obviously,
the less expensive hunt will not require as many tickets to be sold. Our
website: www.thbison.com describes
the details of the hunts. Should you elect to raffle off a meat hunt and
the winner desire to shoot a trophy bull, he may upgrade the hunt by simply
paying the difference.
What do I need to do to get started?
1. Download the agreement and any other pages from our
site to show your organizations Board of Directors. Discuss it freely
and sign the agreement should you elect to hold a raffle.
2. Decide when you are going to begin selling tickets,
when/where the drawing will be held and how much the tickets are going
3. Find out where and with whom you need to register
your raffle. Some states do not require anything; others do, so be sure
to check this out.
4. Develop a sales plan. Decide who is going to sell
the tickets and where. Set intermediate goals for ticket sales so you
don't come up and have to sell a lot of tickets in a short time. Collecting
the monies from members periodically is a good way to accomplish this.
Out of sight is out of mind, so you need to encourage your members.
5. Order tickets after you have properly registered
6. Distribute the tickets to your members for sale.
7. Contact your local newspaper for a story. Notify other
organizations and try to get posted on various bulletin boards and in
newsletters. Posting flyers at your local shooting ranges, gun shops
and sporting goods dealers is a great way to advertise.