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Largest conservation and mountain hunting convention is Feb. 7-9 in Reno, NV


January 15, 2019

Largest conservation and mountain hunting convention is Feb. 7-9 in Reno, NV

Reno, Nevada. Jan. 14, 2019. The Bozeman, Mont., based Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) will be hosting its 42nd Convention and Sporting Expo, The Sheep Show, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino February 7th - 9th, 2019.
    
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 and silent auctions. The auctions at the event offer more than $8 million in hunts, trips, art, jewelry, firearms and equipment, as well as more special conservation permits than any other convention or wildlife show. 

Through convention success and member donations, WSF directed $5.6 million last year to wild sheep conservation and other mission programs. For the past several years, WSF has seen attendance reach new record levels, with funds raised for conservation increasing annually. Approximately 10,000 members of WSF and the general public attend the convention and expo, with thousands of WSF members sponsoring and contributing to the evening fundraising events.

This year, WSF expects another record-breaking year to help wild sheep and other wildlife across North America and around the globe.
For a complete list of the three-day convention and expo events, registration, and other details, visit
http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/convention.

New events this year include the MTN OPS Sheep Shoot Archery Course Powered by Total Archery Challenge, with prizes of outdoor gear from companies including Leupold, Weatherby, Stone Glacier, SITKA Gear, YETI and Mathews Archery for top marksmanship. On Thursday at 2 p.m., Steven Rinella of the Meat Eater television series will stage his top-ranked outdoor podcast from the convention center, with general admission tickets to the event available for $50 at http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/convention. Meat Eater Podcast tickets allow attendees admission to the entire three days of the convention expo hall. 

The convention and expo is open to the public Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9, 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. 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 cover topics such as wildlife conservation, hunting, travel, equipment and fitness. Hunter-conservationist authors will present a variety of book signings throughout the convention’s three days. 

Always popular, the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience will again be free and open to the public at the convention center on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The youth event features fun educational activities focused on conservation, outdoor sports and wildlife.  To attend, families should bring participating children of all ages to the convention center’s F meeting rooms to sign in. Each child enrolled entitles one parent to a free day pass to the convention exhibit hall. For students aged 12 to 17, the Tracks Program, also free and open to the public, allows participants to engage in a conservation-oriented scavenger hunt throughout the convention hall, with prizes from vendors including Leica Sport Optics. Tracks sign-in is also in the F meeting rooms. All youth events are proudly sponsored by WSF and the MidwayUSA Foundation. 
    
The WSF convention Official Sponsor is SITKA Gear. Visit SHEEP SHOW 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 WSF, please visit www.wildsheepfoundation.org, contact 800-OK-FNAWS (800-653-6297), email info@wildsheepfoundation.org or visit Facebook.com/wildsheepfoundation. Registration and tickets are available online at http://www.wildsheepfoundation.org/convention and at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on the days of the convention.

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