Winners named in Wildlife Unlimited raffle

ESCANABA — Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County, Wildlife Unlimited of Dickinson County and Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County recently ended their almost year-long joint fundraising raffle efforts by awarding a LS tractor, riding lawn mower and gun to random prize winners at the WU of Delta County Annual Banquet on Sept. 28. The groups partnered to raise awareness of the activities each of them do within their respective counties and help to raise funds to continue to provide improved wildlife management and habitat efforts for local outdoorsmen.

“While we are each independent entities, we share a common goal to promote the long term sustainability of wildlife and habitat in our communities,” said Kevin Kramer, WU of Dickinson County board member. “By pooling our resources, we were able to offer a large item raffle of this nature… something none of us could do independently.”

“This is an incredible list of prizes,” said Terry Wanic, WU of Delta board member. “We are pleased that all three wildlife groups could work together to bring a raffle of this magnitude to local outdoorsmen, culminating with a prize drawing at our annual fundraising event.”

The first place prize, a LS 4 wheel drive, 12 speed diesel tractor (XG3037) with a bucket loader, purchased from UP Tractor in Rock, was actually won by Rock resident Jeremy Hansen. Second prize, a Cub Cadet riding lawn mower (XT1) purchased from 4 Seasons Small Engine in Escanaba, was awarded to Neil Stenfors of Norway. The third prize, a Mossberg Patriot 270 rifle, with wood stock and a scope, purchased from M&C Gun Shop of Gladstone, was won by Gladstone resident Jason Arkens.

“All of the expenses of this raffle were shared equally between the three organizations, and the profits of the raffle, were also shared equally, so that each county benefited from the effort,” said Iron County Board Member Rick Commonator. “We wanted to promote our organization while raising funds to benefit local efforts.”

Visit the WU website in your county for more information on wildlife initiative in your area; for Delta County, for Dickinson County and for Iron County.