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ABA Brown Bear Hunt Raffle
The Alaskan Bowhunters Association is raffling off a fully guided Brown Bear hunt with Jonah's Alaskan Outfitters. This hunt is for NEXT Spring, May 15 - June 15 and the outfitter will work with the winner to secure their 8 day hunt within those dates. We are only selling 300 tickets at 100$/ea and the drawing will be held as soon as the last one is sold. The many Bowsiter's that have been lucky enough to hunt with Jonah can vouch for the fact it is a highly successful hunt and we are pleased to be offering one lucky person this opportunity! If you are interested in supporting the ABA, the link provided will take you to our website where tickets can be purchased. Specific hunt details can be found on Jonah's website, https://www.jonahsalaskanoutfitters.com/. Thank you all in advance for your generosity and if there are any questions please feel free to ask myself, TEmbry, Blacktail Bob or our fearless leader Frank Noska.
Can’t wait to draw a name for this trip. Jonah arguably runs the best baited bear hunts in the entire state. Good luck to all who enter!
Just bought my ticket!!!! Come on!! I need some raffle luck!
Knowing Bakes luck, he's going to be brown bear hunting next spring! Thanks for the support Blane!
I got mine bought & i’ve got a chance !
I'm in. Thanks for posting this and making us aware of this, Nick. I consider my $100 a donation to a good cause, but having a shot at my dream hunt is a nice bonus. Pretty sure I'd poop my pants if I won something like this... Of course I might do the same if I had a grizzly within 20 yards of me too!
Scoot, aside from hoping that the ABA can raise funds through this effort for things like sprucing up our states archery ranges and supporting NASP programs in our schools, we really wanted to offer something that very few will have an opportunity to do. We appreciate your support and if you are the lucky one I have no doubt you'll get it done!
I just bought mine! Thanks
I’m in. I also joined the ABA while I was at it. Honestly I have hunted so much up there with no local assistance I never realized there was an ABA. Fixed that and will not forget it.
Thanks Nick. Bought a chance and joined the ABA.
Two new members! That's great to hear, thank you both for joining!
I'm in as well. Good luck everyone.
In support of Scoot I will also poop my pants if he wins! This is an awesome opportunity for some lucky hunter!
What a great thing . Hope a bowsiter wins!! Best of luck guys . Thanks Bob, Frank , Nick and Trevor !!!
I'm in... new member too. Ed F
Can’t thank those of you joining enough. Building our membership base is a number one priority for this year to allow us to start reaching more people and helping spread archery within the state. A lot of exciting changes happening at ABA. Those of you at P&Y be sure to swing by our booth to talk with Gary or Frank!
In for the win and a new member.
In for a good cause .....
You guys are rockstars. An amazing banquet and going live with this raffle will help kickstart ABA into a new direction. Help us spread the word and get these tickets sold, the quicker we sell them the quicker we can announce a winner!!
Well, I'm the newest member of the ABA! There's a good chance I'll win this auction because I already have a brown bear hunt booked in the fall of next year!
I'm in for a good cause, thanks! I am also a new member.
Frank already had me join up as a member of ABA.
Hung out with Frank and “plain old Bob” a bit yesterday here at the big show in Omaha. Good showing of Alaska boys down here around P&Y!
Just picked up a chance for this bear hunt.
Working on a couple of Osage staves now and would be pretty cool to get lucky in this draw and initiate a selfbow with a brown bear! Gotta at least give ‘em a little bit of a chance;-)
I'm in! Bucket list for me... Scott
I'm in. Great cause and good luck to those that have purchased a ticket already!
Nick,I had a couple questions from friends about the raffle that you may be able to answer-
1. Do you have to be a ABA Member?
2. If you are unable to make the hunt, is it transferable?
3. Is it possible to apply this raffle toward a different species with the Outfitter?
1.) this raffle is open to anyone, although we encourage anyone who bowhunts in Alaska to join!
2.) This Hunt is not a draw hunt so would be transferable although details need to be worked out with outfitter by the winner ASAP to provide time to coordinate the logistics for the trip.
3.) this raffle is only for a 2020 Spring Baited Brown Bear Hunt. Not transferable to another date range or species. Part of the downfall of working with one of the best outfitters in the entire state, they stay booked up several years out across the board and such transfers aren’t feasible :)
In and also joined. I'm going with Jonah this spring, but wouldn't mind going 2 years in a row...
Entered. This is a BA raffle. Thanks
I would buy one but I’m already booked for next year win Jonah. Think I could use it for the following season?
Just curious but is the tag also included?
Tag is purchased by the hunter.
Nick or Trevor,
I thought that I would mention this on site rather than a p.m. in case other Canadians are interested in purchasing a ticket and supporting your cause.
I tried to purchase a ticket but the system will not accept a Province in place of a State, nor a postal code rather than a zip code, nor a blank space in place of the zip requirement beside the credit card number at the bottom.
Is there a solution?
Thanks guys, and good luck with the draw, whether I manage to participate or not.
I called squares service desk this morning for another Canadian hopeful winner, the address is simply for shipping purposes so he suggested using ABAs address for the address line (we aren’t shipping physical tickets anyway). As long as the name phone number and email comes through on the order I will have all the info I need come drawing time. It worked like a charm earlier. If it still doesn’t you can PM me and I’ll figure out a way to line up PayPal or another form of payment.
Our address is P.O. Box 220047 Anchorage, AK 99522
On that note, we are two tickets away from rolling over the 100 mark in the first 3 days. Keep spreading the word fellas and we will draw a winner in weeks rather than months! Thanks again!
Im in.. If I would just put all the money I throw at raffles every year on a hunt I could pay for a Brown Bear in a few years haha :)
I'm in and have two friends putting in .. hopefully we will have a draw in a few weeks, this is awesome and thanks for the opportunity guys. Have a great weekend all!
I was going to ask the same question as Ken.
Nick suggested that I put his name and info on the form. lol.
I am in, what a great prize for a dream animal!
Thanks TEmbry, worked for this Canadian. It will be my first ever baited bear hunt!
Sorry to break it to ya, Ambush, but I just bought the winning ticket at the ABA booth at P&Y earlier today, along with a membership!
Umm, some fast talking salesman con’ed Troy.
I forgot to post that things worked out fine for me too as a Canadian by using the ABA address but my email and telephone number. It also accepted my postal code in the very last space beside the credit card info where it asks for ZIP again.
134 sold in first 4 days so far, keep spreading the good word fellas and we will be drawing a winner in no time. If this goes smoothly we will definitely be offering different raffles in the future for different price range hunts a few times a year. Those adding a membership will get our quarterly magazine to stay up to date and others can check the website/Facebook page for updates.
Happy to have ABA headed back in the right direction where we can help reinvigorate the sport of archery up north. We have a great team as current board members and a lot of cool projects in the pipeline.
If I didn’t exclude myself from the draw I’d have bought a ticket myself. I’ll definitely be jealous of whoever we draw :)
Sorry we missed ya at P&Y, Trevor! Looking forward to the quarterly magazine. Do you guys have ABA hats available for purchase? I only saw one at the booth, and it was pink.
Thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket thus far and also a huge thanks to those who signed up to be a member either online or at P&Y! We appreciate it! T-roy, we had hats, I am not sure if we still do, but I know that there is a plan to have some made soon. I will see what we can figure out.
Nick, if you get some more hats (and they look good-- pink isn't my color), I'd definitely be interested in one!
Hats are on my agenda for the next month or so, chaotic time of year post banquet and getting the quarterly ready for print. Hats and TShirts will be available by end of summer in store and will definitely keep FB and quarterly updates on what is available
1-300 Odds....I'm in! Total bucket list!
If I win the bear hunt, I’ll foot the bill on the next run of hats!.....just sayin ;-)
Ok, new plan. Let's all double our money and get this drawing over this week.... someone's in for an incredible time.
Hell, I went ahead and upped my odds to 1%! You guys don't stand a chance!
Going to a great organization!
Good luck everyone!
I'm in! Good luck everyone!
Would there be a possibility to switch this to a Grizzly hunt if I won? Already have a Brown Bear but not a Grizzly.
Rock, see answer 3 above from TEmbry
Jonah's place get's some pretty dang nice bears each spring! Hope we can draw this soon, best of luck to all!
I'm in and a new member. Good luck to everyone.
Thanks for all the support guys, up to 159 tickets sold. Over halfway there to finding out which Bowsiter is going hunting :)
I joined at P&Y. Looking forward to getting the magazine.
Nick, who is that masked man? Would you say that photo was doctored?
bowonly, was it you? :)
Jonah sent me a bunch of pictures to use, that was a nice bear but the man shooting the stickbow remains a mystery to me!
103 tickets left!
Not bowonly, but another Bowsiter that was at P&Y. Finally got to meet him after having lots of conversations over the years.
Thanks for posting this Nick. I just bought a ticket.
Cut the number of tickets sold by one more.......I’m in.
Not me. No mystery man either. My roommate at the convention! I always give him shit about the masked man photo. I think he secretly wants to be a Mexican pro wrestler.
99 tickets left! A huge thank you to Bowsite, Pat and Charlie, for letting us advertise on here. Many of you are the reason we've been able to do this well, this fast!
In it to win it! Thanks for the opportunity guys.
Suspense is killing me. I’ve got one in 100 odds. Better than my sheep Tag odds two years ago.
I’m in. Sure would be a great trip
Only takes one to win right:)
Thanks guys, Matt
You guys are killing my odds! I was secretly hoping they would only sell 4 tickets and I have 2 of them! Oh well, I wouldn’t win there was a 50% chance anyway!!!!
Good luck to all!
So JTreeman what you are saying is you could have all the tickets and they would draw out the hat size. LOL
Jonah runs a great operation with great success. I hunted one of the earliest hunts in 2014.
North To Alaska in the springtime.
I couldn't resist any longer.
83 left, looks like we will be finding out a winner soon! Can’t wait to read the story about the trip on Bowsite. Whoever wins, first beers on me when you get to town.
I guess I could buy 14 more and have a 5% chance of winning :) haha
I just bought another ticket. I'm in with two!
A Bowsite is going to win. Exciting stuff. Thanks guys
Couldn't resist any more. I'm in! C
Dang, this one is going fast!
Sure do hope a Bowsiter wins and puts together a good story!
Bought two more, Hope a bowsiter wins this thing!!
A great opportunity for someone.
Proven fact that if the state draws are not kind to you the raffles will be!
Where are we at now!? Gotta be close to the less than 50 gap?
Getting real close, right around 50 left.
I've got two tickets in the draw and also joined. Thanks for posting this Nick!
My fantastic wife put me in for 2,, early birthday present ,I bought 1. Hunt of a lifetime for me!!! Hell I just appreciate the opportunity! Thx ABA...
Dang it. Tickets are going fast! Had to grab one before they were gone. I have been creeping Jonah's hunts for years. Someone is going to be real happy!
Count me in....already joined ABA at the P&Y Convention due to an upcoming coastal black bear hunt in August.
I'm in - also joined the ABA.
I'm in also. Joined the ABA
I`m in and a new member also
At this rate we'll know tomorrow! Good luck to all you bowsiters.
Hurry up and draw my name!! No sense putting off everyone else’s diss-appointment
5 tickets left, anyone on line on the fence better get one in the next few minutes. Once we sell out I'll organize the draw and let you guys know the details of when the winner is pulled!
This is like Christmas Eve!
Membership and entry just purchased. I told Frank at P&Y I would sign up, done :)
Dang! The whole shebang in 10 days! Pretty quick sales!
Quick do a raffle for Mountain Caribou...I'll donate more money!
Just bought one of the last 10. Last week I won 1/2 hog from the church raffle. Hope I didn't use up all of my luck :)
Pointingdogs, I just won 337 JELLY BEANS on Thursday at work when I guessed 343 in the jar.... atleast you used your luck on something worth while.
Officially sold out fellas. Can't thank Pat, Charlie, and all you crazies enough for the support. I'll be finalizing the when/how we announce the winner and post up soon. I know it shouldn't matter to me who wins, but I sure hope we draw a Bowsiter out as the winner so we can read all about the adventure. A lot of new exciting things happening up north. For all those who joined, I'm already started on the next quarterly to be mailing out by late spring at the latest.
Thanks to all of you folks! Someone is going to be very happy soon! Can’t thank you all enough!
Thank you all for participating in our Alaskan Bowhunters Association Brown Bear hunt raffle. Someone is going to be going on a great Brown bear hunt with Jonah! I want to also thank all of you that joined ABA as well as a member, during this raffle and at the Pope and Young Club Convention. We welcome all our new members. And yes, a huge thank you to Bowsite Pat for your help and support!
Best of luck to whoever wins. A full, day by day report is mandatory if a Bowsiter wins.
Nick after my week I wouldn’t mind to keep the ride rolling! ;-)
Can’t wait to learn more of ABA with my memebership! Good stuff guys
Draw the winner tonight... Ed F
Won't be able to swing the draw tonight. I haven't prepped all the tickets yet, and its Saturday night on a rare weekend that I'm actually in town to be somewhat social. I think July 4th has a nice ring to it. :)
Just kidding fellas, Monday evening will most likely be our draw date.
Thanks for the update......and Happy Easter to all!
I’d previously bought a ticket, but I went ahead and joined tonight too. Shoulda done so in the first place.
I hope a bowsite wins . . . Actually I don’t care about you guys, I hope I win ;)
Drag it out for at least a few more days. Give 300 people the anticipation of winning for awhile, before 299 have to suffer the agony of defeat. (that's all you other guys, by the way)
I hope like hell a Bowsiter wins! Without the ability to advertise this to you folks it would have taken forever to sell them all.
Someone is about to go on a dream hunt with one of the best outfitters in Alaska.
I’ve got bad news for the rest of us. Bale bought at ticket, that means the rest of us won’t win! Luckiest guy I know. Might as well pack it in now and give up!
I bought 2 and my changes are still 1/100 of his! Good luck to all, except Bake!
I never win these things. This one would be a hell of a hunt to make it a first!
Good luck to everyone! What a deal.
I hope there are more like things like this in the future.
I shook Bake’s hand at P&Y. Little did he know, I passed my bad ju ju onto him and upped my odds in the process. I was gonna rub his head too, but he was still sober at the time. Things might have gotten a little weird.
I sure hope there are more things like this to come too. Happy Easter to all and best of luck!
Dang it. i jist saw this :-(
I bought the last two tickets so I’m pretty sure that guarantees a win. Looking forward to it!
I'm sure a bowsiter will win! Hope they post a story on Bowsite with lots of pictures.
Some day im gonna take a brownie with my primitive gear
Some lucky hunter is going to be getting a phone call today. Really hope a Bowsiter wins this.
Just seen this post. Snooze you lose! Good luck to all the bowsiters who purchased tickets. Someone is going to be happy, happy, happy!
Tomorrow is my birthday, so I'm making a wish a day early! :^)
You guys are a victim of your own success. The tickets sold way faster than anticipated. We are working as fast as we can to get ready to draw the winner (volunteering in between our full time jobs can create hiccups along the way). I can guarantee two things A) you won’t have to wait until Dec 31st and B) one of you will be extremely happy very soon.
Take your time! Until you draw, I can still feel like a winner.
Is that in your best Judge Smails voice Chris?:)
Matt just a few days from my big day I’m expecting a phone call any minute...
So I'm not the only one that keeps looking at this thread??
I'm cheering for Palmquist because he never wins anything... ;)
I received a phone call about 11:30 last night Ohio time and my first thought was, I hope it says Alaska call. Unfortunately it was a damn telemarketer selling affordable health insurance.
Dang! That’s just wrong. Time to put the phone up to an air horn.
I keep hoping one of those telemarketers from ABA will call me.
I'm just sure they'll call me in Wyoming and not some yahoo from Kansas.
Worse yet someone from Alaska.
Perfect Scoot! I hope one of you wins it but if I do I suppose I'll have to accept:)
I waited too long and didn’t pull the trigger. Why do I keep coming back to see who won? Bigger question is: when are you starting sales for next year? I am NOT passing on this again!!!
I have wooed God with constant prayer and called upon the laws of the universe for it to be me but if not make it a BOWSITER!!!
I have purposely tried not to comment on this thread because it will curse my chance. But I do have a chance.
There's not many places where you get a chance or odds as good as this raffle. I hope to see things like this again on here. Good luck guys!
I heard a rumor that those sadistic SOBs from Alaska are going to draw 299 non-winning tickets, one per day, then the one left in the hat will be the winner.
Seems kinda mean if you ask me.
Is this true Frank, TEmby, Nick? Asking for a friend
Now that would be sadistic Ace!
But very interesting!
Wondering if maybe Nick took the money and ran? Probably went out and bought a bunch of Black Widows... He has caught the bug;-)
I unfortunately was mins too late from getting a ticket, saw the post to late. I thought the drawing was Monday night last I read, what happened? Someone is going to be very happy, that's for sure. Hope you all do this again, I'll be in.
da da da da da da da da da da da DA dadadada da da da da da da da DA da da da DUH DUH DUUHH
Jeopardy theme put to words...Waiting for my phone to ring.
Has anyone heard if there’s been a massive earthquake and communications breakdown in Alaska?
They are keeping hope alive for the other 299 ticket holders.
Trevor will be drawing the winner in a few days boys, don’t you worry!
Seriously... a few days? WTF... this should be priority #1. Ed F
I CAN’T. BEEELIEVE IT!!!!
Rod must have found a bottle of good hooch....
I know he didn’t get a call from Alaska!
Heck, the phones don’t even work trying to call into a foreign country:-)
Heck pretty sure a couple of those guys even have my phone number already programmed in!
I got the green light fellas, we will be drawing a winner tomorrow morning around 730-8ish AK time. Will post to Facebook and then here shortly after. Keep your cell phones handy tomorrow :)
And for those asking, this won’t be the last raffle. Just have to iron out details to streamline the process more for the next one in a couple months. Stay tuned fellas!
8AM AKST tomorrow guys! Live on Facebook, on the Alaskan Bowhunters page, Good Luck!!!!
Great idea with the facebook live deal. I'll be tuning in!
Damn I don't do Facebook so just call my cell.
Tavis, I was practicing for this morning!
Brad Simpson , one lucky fella
Congrats to Brad! And thanks to Scott Homrich for telling him to buy a ticket!
And then depression set in! Congrats Brad.
Wrong answer, draw again.
Brad is my BIL and I called him to buy a ticket after I heard there were only 10 left!! He owes me now! So sweet!
Well congrats to Brad, but since he's a relative of Scott's, I can't hate him too much!
Congratulations!! Hope it’s everything we all were dreaming it would be.
Congrats to the winner and the ABA for a successful drawing! I'll be watching for the next one!
Well SH!T. Congrats to Brad even if I’m feeling some animosity toward him right now!!
But the anticipation and dreaming was well worth the price of admission! Congratulations to the ABA on a successful campaign. Can’t wait for the next one!!
Really cool event congratulations to Brad.
Congrats to Brad! It hurts to say that. Hopefully he'll post details of the hunt.
What! There must be some mistake!
Pretty sure the name on the winning ticket was “Tavis”...
Hell of a great response on this raffle, guys! Those tickets did not take long to sell out. Glad to have had the opportunity to participate and make a donation to ABA!
Hopefully Brad has an awesome trip to Alaska and a successful hunt! Congratulations, man! Looking forward to the recap... Make sure to take lots and lots of pictures:-)
Thank you ABA and the Bowsite for putting this awesome hunt raffle out for the Bowsiters!
Congrats Brad! Please post pictures and story after the hunt.
Well damn, I guess I’ll unpack my bags then.
I have a friend who likes buying raffle tickets but he always buys only 1 ticket in any draw - he says (with a grin) that if he were to buy 2, he knows for sure that one of them is no good, LOL!
Congrats Brad!! Thanks to the ABA for putting this raffle on! I could never afford to go on a hunt like this on my own, so I’m a huge fan of what you guys did here! Makes me feel like I’ve got a shot at doing one of these once in a lifetime type hunts, even if the odds are small, I’ve got a chance this way! I’m looking forward to the next one for sure! Keep up the good work guys!
Congrats to the winner. Hopefully this was such a hit there will be more hunts offered in the future!
Congrats Brad. Thanks to the ABA as well, for giving someone a chance at an incredible hunt! Looking forward to future chances.
But Ron, it is ok to HATE Scott. Afterall, it is his "fault" that his BIL won.
Mr. Brad is going to have a great hunt...
Congrats to the winner!! Really a fun hunt, especially after midnight when its almost dark and the brown bear arrives! Hope Brad gets a nice one!
I'm sure he will have a great hunt. I'll try getting him to post up a story when he is done with the hunt next spring.
I demand a recount! :)
Congrats to the hunter. Is he a bowsiter?
If I won, part of my hunt prep to condition myself to high stress, and possibly some degree of danger was going to be attending a Cher concert wearing my MAGA hat. So at least I don't have to do that now.
Congratulations to Brad and thanks to ABA for giving us all the opportunity at a shot of winning a great hunt.
Well for 10 days I shot 10 different bears in my mind
This is a great idea...my suggestion is next time use an app or excel spreadsheet with all names added or even using an app that chooses a random number. If using a number entries are assigned a specific number. I think it would be better than actually picking a name from a bowl, just my 2 cents. I look forward to future draws.
Congrats! Jealous for sure!
Awesome- congrats to the winner!
Good work guys. Congrats to lucky hunter.
God bless and congrats Brad! I hope your hunt is what we all imagined it would be. Let us know how it turns out.
Yeh.......big congrats to this Brad guy..........I don't really mean it, but I feel like it's something I should say. :)
Congrats Brad!! Thanks guys for the opportunity!!
Congrats to the winner! Late getting to this but did a bowsiter win?
A Bowsiters brother in law won, so kind of. And he bought a ticket with only 9 left, he’s going to have one hell of a hunt!
Cool! Thanks Nick What an awesome way to win. Hope we get a full recap. Good luck Brad, and get your ass on the bowsite!
Guess they just didn’t shake up the tickets good enough....congratulations!!