During the past 24 months, WSF—through the generosity of its members, exhibitors, sponsors and donors—has directed more than $8.75 MILLION to mission programs. This year, we will continue and expand our conservation and stewardship legacy, thanks to the most dedicated and committed membership in the industry: the WSF family.
The 2016 Sheep Show marked the third-consecutive year of record-breaking conventions. Pre-registration was up 30%, and overall attendance soared. A record number of members attended the convention’s Ladies Luncheon, Title sponsored by Cabela’s and Presenting Sponsor Prois.
WSF’S 2016 Life Member Breakfast sponsored by our Patron Sponsors was an absolute split-the-seams blowout with nearly a 100% increase in attendance over prior years. In all, 500 Life and Summit Life members packed into the Naples Ballroom Saturday morning for an exceptional sheep and mountain hunting photo presentation by Adam Foss, a lively auction and the grand finale Life/Summit Life Member-only drawing for a 2018 backpack Dall’s sheep hunt with Arctic Red River Outfitters. Our Washington WSF chapter launched this exciting life member-only drawing concept at their annual banquet several years back with incredible results. George Law from Idaho was the lucky winner. The 2017 Life Member Breakfast will be held in the Tuscany Ballroom in anticipation of record attendance: You must be a Life or Summit Life Member and in attendance at the breakfast to win a desert bighorn sheep hunt next year!
WSF HONORS ITS HEROES
The Wild Sheep Foundation’s prestigious major awards were presented during the 2016 Sheep Show’s Saturday Grand Finale Banquet sponsored by The Hunting Consortium.
WSF salutes and congratulates the 2016 G.C.F. Dalziel Outstanding Guide Award recipient John Rydeen of Alaska and thanks once again the award founders and sponsors Bob and Arlene Hanson and 2016 Dalziel Award Title and Presenting Sponsor KUIU Ultralight Hunting.
The 2016 Frank Golata Outstanding Hunting Award, also Title sponsored by KUIU Ultralight Hunting, was presented to Arthur and Crystal Thompson of Gundahoo River Outfitters of British Columbia for their 30 years of exemplary guide outfitting and wildlife stewardship.
The Artemis Outstanding Woman Conservationist Award, Title sponsored by Sitka Gear, was presented to longtime guide, outdoorswoman and conservationist Sue Entsminger of Alaska.
WSF’s highest honor, the Mountain Hunter Hall of Fame, was presented to Robert Logan of Alberta.
We congratulate Doug McWhirter of Wyoming Game & Fish, who was inducted into the Wild Sheep Biologist Wall of Fame, and Clint Bentley of the Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn, recipient of the 2016 Gordon Eastman Grass Roots Award, who were recognized during our Wednesday Welcome Back Party sponsored by Vista Outdoor and their fine brands. Larry Jacobs of Oregon FNAWS was recognized with the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award. WSF recognized habitat stewardship and desert bighorn sheep repatriation success in Mexico with a Spotlight of Coahuila and Special Conservation Awards to Alejandro Espinosa T. of CEMEX/Sierra del Carmen Ranch and Emilio Rangel W., Emilio Espino B., and Rene Hernandez of La Palmosa Ranch. These awards were presented Thursday during our Conservation Night Banquet sponsored by Sitka Gear, WSF’s Official Sponsor.
Exceptional rams and billies taken during 2015 were featured and WSF hunter/conservationists recognized during the Ram/FNAWS/International Awards breakfast, Title sponsored by the Diedrich Family and supported with sponsorship from Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young Clubs.
ANOTHER LUCKY WINNER!
WSF’s 1 More For 4 drawing winner was Charlene Winkler. Under the 1 More For 4 rules, WSF member hunters with three North American sheep registered with WSF are eligible for a chance to win a hunt for the final species to complete their Four North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS). Thanks to WSF member Bernie Fiedeldey for again donating half the cost of the winner’s hunt and to the WSF donors who provided matching funds.