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2012 and 2013 WSF Convention update - The 'Sheep Show' returns to Reno home
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The largest mountain hunting and conservation convention in the world, The Sheep Show™, produced by one of the world's premier wild sheep conservation organizations, the Wild Sheep Foundation, announced its return to Reno, Nev., for the 2012 convention set for Jan 19-21, 2012 and the return to the Foundation's original Reno home in 2013 at the Grand Sierra Resort (formerly the Reno Hilton) Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2013 creating the largest mountain hunting convention under one roof.

"Our 2011 convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Silver Legacy Resort was a grand success for our exhibitors, attendees and WSF conservation funding goals generating a 43 percent net increase over the 2010 event" stated Gray N. Thornton, WSF President & CEO. "WSF raised more than $2.7 million for state, provincial and tribal partners from special tags and permits alone and more than an additional $1 million net for WSF and WSF partner programs" Thornton noted.
WSF enjoyed a two-and-a-half-fold increase in overall 2011 convention attendance over 2010 through an aggressive marketing campaign supported by MidwayUSA, the Official Sponsor of the Wild Sheep Foundation, as well as its Reno-Sparks regional retailer sponsors, Cabela's, Scheels and Sportsman's Warehouse. This success and the support of WSF members, guests, exhibitors, donors and sponsors enabled WSF to raise and put on the ground more than $3.2 million towards mission program during the 2010-2011 fiscal year which ends June 30. "I challenge any conservation organization of our size to match that level of giving" Thornton added.

"The very successful 2011 convention set the stage for an expected record 2012 event at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Silver Legacy Resort venues. "We look forward to returning to Reno again in 2012 and are pleased to announce that WSF will in 2013 host the Sheep Show™ under one roof at the Grand Sierra Resort now under new ownership" noted Thornton. "The Grand Sierra Resort property was the home for the Sheep Show™ for nearly two decades. We look forward to the Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2013 homecoming event as well as our upcoming 2012 show in Reno" Thornton stated.

Nevada is home to more than 10,000 bighorn sheep - more than any other state. This conservation success is due the exceptional work of Nevada wild sheep advocates, Nevada Bighorn Society and Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn and other WSF partners. "Nevada is the fitting home to WSF's annual convention and sporting expo The Sheep Show™. WSF looks forward to welcoming Nevadans and hunter/conservationists from throughout North America and the world to the open-to-the-public shows in 2012 and 2013.

The Wild Sheep Foundation, formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, was founded in 1977 by wild sheep conservationists and enthusiasts. With a membership of more than 8,000 worldwide and a chapter network in North America, WSF is the premier advocate for wild sheep, wild goats, other mountain wildlife, and their habitat. Since forming in 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation and it's chapters and affiliates have raised and expended more than $85 million on conservation, education and conservation advocacy programs in North America, Europe and Asia. These and other efforts have resulted in a five-fold increase in bighorn sheep populations in North America from their historic 1970s lows.

For more information on the Foundation, its 2012 and 2013 Conventions in Reno, and their many conservation and education programs, please visit or contact them at 720 Allen Avenue, Cody, Wyo. 82414. Telephone 307-527-6261 or 800 OK FNAWS. Email Follow us on Facebook.

Nez Perce Tribe to use grant for bighorn study
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Grant money recently received by the Nez Perce Tribe will be used to place radio collars on bighorn sheep along the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho as part of an effort to find out why so few lambs survive into adulthood, an official said. Keith Lawrence, director of the tribe's wildlife program, said the tribe learned it had been awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More

Public input sought on bighorn sheep study
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Public comments are being sought on a proposal to conduct population monitoring and research in California on Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, as well as the Inyo National Forest. The sheep are federally-endangered species, and the public input would affect efforts to study them and assist in their recovery, which could include helicopter-supported captures using net guns. More

Wolf hunting debate rages on
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Not since Wyatt Earp and his deputized brothers squared off against the Clantons in the OK Corral has the Wild West witnessed such a brawl. In a battle that has been raging since before reintroduced packs of gray wolves in the West began their documented path of harassment and attacks on livestock and wildlife populations, pro-management groups seem to be gaining the upper hand—at least temporarily. But anti-hunting groups cloaked in the more public-friendly façade of caring environmentalists have stepped back into the arena and thrown a renewed flurry of legal punches. More

8 must-know tips for planning an ultimate Canadian whitetail adventure
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For most avid whitetail hunters, the lure of hunting giant-racked bucks in Canada is hard to ignore. If you do plan on going, here's some timely advice from a hunter who has learned the ropes through experience. The old adage, "If you want to kill a big one, go where the big ones are," still applies, right? Well, what are you waiting for? Canada has long been known for record-class deer, so why ignore the percentages? It's time to get past the excuses and commit to the trip you've always dreamed about. More

Portion of California trail to close
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You can't take your dog on the popular Bump and Grind Trail anymore. Now, you won't be allowed on a part of it either. The trail was created back in the 70's, some say illegally. At the end of June, you won't be able to climb to the top of the Bump and Grind. The California Department of Fish and Game plans to shut down the last 1/2 mile of trail to protect federally endangered big horn sheep. A large gate will keep hikers out. More

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Desert bighorn sheep from Mexico to buck up New Mexico herd
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Desert bighorn sheep from Mexico have been released in southern New Mexico in an effort to boost the gene pool of a herd at the Red Rock Wildlife Area. The state Game and Fish Department says the 10 rams were quarantined for months to make sure they were healthy before being released. They'll join a herd that began at Red Rock in the 1970s. More

See bighorn sheep June 18
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Those who live in Sunnyside, Utah, have an advantage no one else in Utah has—they get to share part of their town with a herd of wild Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. You can enjoy what the residents of Sunnyside get to enjoy at a free viewing event. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the event on June 18. More

New Mexico law to affect hunters
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Russell Smith's biggest deer to date, a heavy, wide-antlered mule deer, was taken with a muzzleloader rifle near Luna, N.M. His first mule deer ever was taken south of Hope, N.M., on the Guadalupe Rim. Some of Smith's most wonderful Rocky Mountain memories were made in the Land of Enchantment. But Smith hasn't hunted there since the state passed legislation reducing non-resident hunting opportunities almost a decade ago. This year the New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 196 that further reduced nonresident hunting opportunities. More

Washington State moves campus' bighorn sheep to new home
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Washington State University's iconic bighorn sheep, viewed publicly for decades on campus, have been relocated to a new home where they will no longer be accessible to the public. Kept on campus as part of the university's bighorn sheep disease research program, the animals have been relocated in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations requiring new, taller fencing and improved facilities to further safeguard animal health and well-being. More

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