RENO – The Wild Sheep Foundation will be hosting its 45th annual convention and sports exhibition, known as “Sheep Week,” January 13-15 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino.
“Sheep Week is the largest celebration of all things mountain game hunting and conservation in the United States, with hundreds of exhibitors, educational seminars, youth events, designs, giveaways. , raffles, banquets and auctions, ”said Gray N. Thornton, WSF President and CEO. . “Our auctions offer nearly $ 6 million in hunts, travel, artwork, jewelry, firearms and equipment, plus the most special conservation permits than any other hunting convention or exhibit.”
The WSF has responded to travel restrictions and large pandemic gatherings by hosting a virtual full emersion convention in January 2021. For 2022, this virtual option will still be available for those who cannot make it to Reno. Through the success of this virtual event and donations from members, the WSF has raised and donated over $ 6.2 million this year to wild sheep conservation and other mission programs.
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“As we like to say, come for the sheep, but stay for the party,” Thornton explained. “Our goal is to bring and keep wild sheep on the mountain. We are here to raise money for the conservation of wild sheep and to have fun. We are certainly happy to be back home in Reno, where our four nights and three days also bring millions of dollars to the region’s economy.
Money raised is intended for programs to improve wild sheep populations in North America and abroad through population improvements, disease research, herd surveillance, home improvement and other initiatives.
For a full schedule of events, pre-registration and other details, visit http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/convention. Day passes cost $ 25 and are available at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on conference days. Five dollar discount coupons are available at Sportsman’s Warehouse, Cabela’s, Scheels, Mark Fore & Strike (Reno), Bass Pro Shops (Sacramento), and Honey Lake Firearms (Susanville).
The convention and exhibit are open to the public Thursday through Saturday, January 13-15, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Daily admission is $ 25. Paid participants are entered daily for floor credit draws of $ 1,000 to $ 5,000.
Free seminars from experts on mountain hunting in North America, Europe and Asia will cover topics such as wildlife conservation, travel, shooting, backcountry fitness and nutrition and the safety of hunters.
The youth wildlife conservation experience is free and open to the public at the convention center on Saturday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. youth event offers fun educational activities focused on conservation, outdoor sports and wildlife.