Wild Sheep Foundation’s 41st Annual Convention Features More Than $6 Million in Online and Live Auctions

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Largest conservation and mountain hunting convention Jan. 18-20 in Reno, NV

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“We expect more than 10,000 wild sheep conservationists to attend the 2018 expo.” Gray N. Thornton

The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) Convention and Sporting Expo, The Sheep Show®, will hold its 41st conservation and mountain hunting convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino Jan. 18-20, 2018.

WSF’s Sheep Show® is the largest conservation and mountain hunting convention in the U.S. and features hundreds of exhibitors, entertainers and educational events, as well as online live and silent auctions. The auctions at the event offer more than $6 million in hunts, trips, art, firearms and equipment, as well as more special conservation permits than any other convention or wildlife show.

“The 2018 Sheep Show® and Sheep Week® in Reno will once again be the place to be for the mountain hunter and conservationist,” said WSF President and CEO Gray N. Thornton. “It is the summit of the hunting and conservation shows with something for the entire family. We’ll have more exhibits than ever before, as well as informative free seminars for men and women, a wildlife conservation and adventure experience for youth, silent auctions, raffles for sheep and other hunts and gear. WSF is considered by the hunting/conservation community as the show to attend not only for our many attractions but the fun factor that no other shows offer. This year we host the “Wild Sheep Calling World Championships” at our Wednesday kick-off banquet Jan. 17 and we will have a tattoo parlor at the expo so our wild sheep family can ride for the WSF brand with fresh ink.”

Through convention success and member donations, the WSF directed more than $4.7 million last year to wild sheep conservation and other mission programs. “In just the last four years, we’ve directed more than $18.1 million to conservation programs that benefit wild sheep populations and habitat throughout North America and around the globe.”

Thornton said preregistered attendance for the 2018 convention is currently up by 15 per cent over last year. Sponsorships from industry partners are up 50 per cent over the record breaking 2017 event as well.

“WSF considers Reno as our home for this event as it attracts people from throughout North America and all over the world,” said Thornton. “We expect more than 10,000 wild sheep conservationists to attend the 2018 expo.”

With the support of auction bidders, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and donors, the WSF expects to raise more than $6 million in gross revenue to help wild sheep and other wildlife across North America and the world. For a complete list of the special sheep and other permits offered, visit http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/convention/auction-catalog.

The three-day convention and expo is open to the public, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 18-20 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. 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 $20 with $5 off coupons available at Reno area Cabela’s, Scheels, Scolari’s Food and Drug, Mark Fore & Strike, and Sportsman’s Warehouse stores. Discount tickets are also available at Bass Pro Shops in Sacramento, and Honey Lake Firearms in Susanville. Paid attendees are entered daily for floor credit drawings from $1,000-$5,000. Free seminars from experts on mountain hunting in North America, Europe and Asia will also cover topics from wildlife photography, what to pack on a sheep hunt, situational awareness for women, aging wild sheep and travel and equipment.

The WSF Convention Official Sponsor is SITKA Gear. Visit http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/convention/sponsors for more sponsors and information.

For a full schedule of events, information on hotel discounts at the Reno Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 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(dot)org or visit Facebook.com/wildsheepfoundation. Online registration is available through Jan. 11. Contact WSF at (406) 404-8750 to register after Jan. 11 or go to the Expo Registration Desk on show site after January 17.

The Wild Sheep Foundation, formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, was founded in 1977 by wild sheep conservationists and enthusiasts. WSF’s Mission is to enhance wild sheep populations, promote professional wildlife management, and educate the public and youth on sustainable use and the conservation benefits of hunting while promoting the interests of the hunter and all stakeholders. With a membership of more than 6,900 worldwide and a Chapter and Affiliate network in North America and Europe, WSF is the premier advocate for wild sheep, other mountain wildlife, their habitats and their conservation. Since forming in 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation and its chapters and affiliates have raised and expended more than $115 million on conservation, education and conservation advocacy programs in North America, Europe and Asia towards its purpose to “Put and Keep Wild Sheep On the Mountain®”. These and other efforts have resulted in a three-fold increase in bighorn sheep populations in North America from their historic 1950-60s lows of 25,000 to 85,000 today. WSF, its Chapters, Affiliates and agency partners are also working together to ensure thinhorn sheep thrive in their northern mountain realms for generations to enjoy.

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