We were extremely pleased with the results of the auction as were our clients. The online auction model is proving to be an integral part of our business and will be used to promote tribal hunting and fishing programs throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Rocky Boy, MT (PRWEB) April 27, 2011
A Big Horn Ram hunt sold for a record $78,100 on an online auction site on behalf of the Rocky Boy’s Fish & Game Department on March 26th, 2011.
Hunting The Rez, a Native American owned start up magazine that features hunting and fishing opportunities on North American Indian lands in a quarterly magazine, facilitated an online auction and will provide a fully guided hunt complete with local pro hunting guides.
The Big Horn Ram tag, which was the first to ever be offered by Rocky Boy’s Fish & Game Department, was purchased by an Idaho man in a last second winning bid in the highly competitive auction.
Wildlife conservation efforts by the Fish & Game programs from the Chippewa Cree and Salish Kootenai Tribes collaborated and provided the resources to make the Big Horn Ram hunt possible. The Rocky Mountain sheep were reintroduced into the Bears Paw Mountain area where the Rocky Boy Indian reservation is situated. The Big Horn sheep were transplanted from the Flathead Indian reservation and the Flathead Valley area in 2006 through a grant from United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
Chippewa Cree Tribal Wildlife Biologist Tim Vosburgh and Leland Topsky, Fish & Game Supervisor, were instrumental in developing a cooperative agreement between the two tribes which made the transplant of the Rocky Mountain sheep possible. Several months of preparation went into the transplant of the 24 head of Big Horn sheep which were reintroduced in January of 2006. Photos of the delicate transplant operation are available on the Hunting The Rez website located at http://www.HuntingTheRez.com
Today there are more than 100 head of Rocky Mountain Big Horn sheep residing and thriving in the area. Most of the proceeds generated from the auction will be used by the Chippewa Cree Tribe for the management of their Fish & Game program.
The Hunting The Rez staff and their quarterly magazine which is distributed nationally are quickly becoming a vital resource for news and information for outdoors enthusiasts, big game hunters and fisherman all over the country. They are also proving to be an ever important liaison between tribal Fish & Game Departments, State and Government Departments, local businesses and outdoor sports enthusiasts alike.
Jason Belcourt, owner of Hunting The Rez Magazine added, “We are always pleased to see the conservation efforts that many tribes are taking to enhance their fish and game programs. Our hope is that the programs generate revenue and opportunities for employment, not to mention creating better hunting and fishing opportunities”.
Conservation efforts of tribal agencies across the United States and Canada are not only enhancing the Tribal Fish & Game programs but are also a critical source of generating revenue and adding much needed employment as well as better fish and wildlife management.
For more information about this historical Big Horn Sheep auction as well as other events and auctions Hunting The Rez has in store visit http://www.HuntingTheRez.com or call 877-481-4756. For media inquiries, please call 877-481-4756