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Legislature Approves Moose Derbies and Ice Classics

Proceeds to benefit Tanana Valley Sportsmen, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Advocates for Victims of Violence

Monday, April 21, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – The 28th Alaska Legislature today passed legislation adding big bull moose derbies to the existing list of games of chance and skill that can be permitted by the Department of Revenue.

House Bill 268, by Representative Tammie Wilson, R-Fairbanks/North Pole, allows the Tanana Valley Sportsmen Association and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks Rifle team to raise funds for their organizations by selling big bull moose derby tickets similar to the halibut and salmon derbies.

The derby takes place during the annual moose season and operates much like other contests already allowed under statute. Participants must purchase a ticket prior to the opening day of the season. The winner would be determined based on the widest spread legally taken and would receive a predetermined portion of the net proceeds of sales. Anyone who enters a bull will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes. 

“Hunting, for many Alaskans, is a way of life,” Wilson said. “This bill not only benefits the hunters, it supports local sports and advocacy groups by providing funds from derby ticket sales. I would like to thank Rep. Feige for adding an ice classic benefiting Advocates for Victims of Violence.”

In addition to the big bull moose derby, this bill adds the Snow Town Ice Classic, benefiting the Advocates for Victims of Violence, Inc., to the list of approved ice classic games. An ice classic is a game of chance where a prize of money is awarded for the closest guess of the time the ice moves in a body of water. Authorization for the Snow Town Ice Classic was added to the bill by the House Resources Committee at the request of Representative Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon.

“Victims of Violence works to help violence victims in the Copper Valley and Valdez,” Feige said. “I am pleased to be able to help them become more self-sustaining by giving them an additional fund raising stream.

“I worked with Representative Wilson to incorporate the appropriate language into House Bill 268 to assist Victims of Violence,” Feige said. “I would like to thank her for her efforts in getting this legislation passed and helping Victims of Violence, Tanana Valley Sportsmen, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rifle team become less reliant on government funds.”

HB 268, which passed the House March 26, now goes to the Governor for signature.

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