Wild Sheep Foundation Convention Returns to Reno, Nevada Jan. 31-Feb. 2

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More than 300 exhibits, $5 million in auction trips, at largest conservation, mountain hunting convention

"This year's convention features more than $5 million in trips, hunts, art, firearms and the largest number of special conservation permits in the world," said Gray Thornton, President and CEO of the Wild Sheep Foundation.

The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) Convention and Sporting Expo, The Sheep Show™, returns to Reno and will be at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino January 31-February 2, 2013.

WSF is the largest conservation and mountain hunting convention and features hundreds of exhibitors, entertainers and educational events, as well as silent auctions, and nightly banquets and live auctions featuring more than $5 million in hunts, trips, art, firearms, equipment and more special conservation permits than any other convention or wildlife show.

With the support of auction bidders, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and donors, the WSF expects to raise more than $5 million in gross revenue to help wild sheep and other wildlife across North America and around the globe. For a complete listing of the special sheep and other permits offered, visit http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org.

Currently, the WSF is working on a project with the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) to deploy up to 26 GPS bighorn sheep radio-collars this month. Continuing a seven-year, $587,000 project launched last January, IDFG, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have collaborated to collect critical data on bighorn sheep numbers, including seasonal distribution/habitat use and offspring and health statistics. Visit http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/Page.php/News/234/1357020000-1359698399.

The WSF has contributed more than $70,000 to this multi-state, collaborative project, and has raised and distributed more than $85 million for wild sheep conservation projects in North America and around the world.

The three-day convention and expo is open to the public, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb.2 at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Daily admission is $10 with $5 off with coupons available. Visit http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/Page.php/cp/Convention%20Home for more information.

Celebrating the 2013 event, the WSF has again partnered with MidwayUSA, the Official Sponsor of the convention. For more information, visit http://www.midwayusa.com.

The Second Annual Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE), a program established with a donation by MidwayUSA’s Potterfield family, will be held Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 to provide an opportunity for nearly 600 elementary, middle and high school students from the Reno-Sparks area to learn about conservation, wildlife and ethical hunting practices. http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/Page.php/cp/YWCE

For a full schedule of events or to join as a member with the WSF and the conservation and education programs, please visit http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org, contact 800-OK-FNAWS (800-653-6297), email info(at)wildsheepfoundation(at)org or visit Facebook.com/WildSheepFoundation.

The Wild Sheep Foundation, formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS,) was founded in 1977 by wild sheep conservationists and enthusiasts. With a membership of more than 5,000 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 its 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 four-fold increase in bighorn sheep populations in North America from their historic 1950-70s lows of approximately 17,000 to an estimated 70,000 today.


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