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SHEEP FEVER is the official podcast of the Wild Sheep Foundation, delivering a diversity of topics, talent, and insights from within the wild sheep hunting and conservation community, as well as broader issues of importance to the outdoor lifestyles and hunting heritage cherished by millions of sportsmen and women around the globe. New episodes will be available every two weeks or twice per month.


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Episode 47 - Western Hunt Fest with Co-Founders Jeffrey DeVaul, Guy Duplantier, and Efren Gonzalez

Episode 47 - Western Hunt Fest with Co-Founders Jeffrey DeVaul, Guy Duplantier, and Efren Gonzalez

Preparation, readiness, and confidence are everything, especially on backcountry hunts. WSF recently became the title sponsor for the next three years of  Western Hunt Fest (WHF) events, and WSF’s Women Hunt® program became the title sponsor of the women’s division for the same period. WSF’s Sheep Fever host Gray N. Thornton, and Women Hunt founder and chair Renée Thornton, visit with WHF co-owners Jeffrey DeVaul, Guy Duplantier, and Efren Gonzalez to discuss their motivations behind establishing this next-level archery shooting, fitness, and backpack challenge across Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada this summer, as well as what shooters can expect. Archery hunting readiness has rightfully become a year-round pursuit. Giving bowhunters specialized events tailored for the type of shots and conditions they will encounter in the field elevates this preparation beyond just shooting foam in the backyard. Plus, friendly competition with like-minded hunters adds an element of community while helping duplicate the stress of making the shot count.
Episode 46 - John Snow, Shooting Editor for Outdoor Life

Episode 46 - John Snow, Shooting Editor for Outdoor Life

Rifles, cartridges, loads, and bullets–the tools of trade for hunters, competition, and recreational shooters–have advanced rapidly in the past ten years. Sheep Fever host Keith Balfourd sat down with Bozeman local John Snow, Shooting Editor for Outdoor Life, to talk shooting tech and the “Era of Marksmanship” we’re experiencing today. Is Grandpa’s -06 still a player? Are longer projectiles better at longer range, and what about external performance? What’s with the 6.5 craze? Are military snipers or competition shooters behind what is arguably some of the best shooting tools we’ve ever had? They cover it all but should have booked two hours.
Episode 45 - WSF Youth Programs with Dr. Ryan Brock

Episode 45 - WSF Youth Programs with Dr. Ryan Brock

Since the inaugural WSF Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE) in 2012, and with the addition of the Shooting, Hunting & Ethics Education Program (S.H.E.E.P.) in 2013, WSF has impacted the lives of more than 114,000 young men and women introducing them to the wonders of the outdoors. The life skills they have been taught and learned include archery, shooting, game calling, fly tying and casting, tracking, game identification, and conservation principles. The numerous WSF-hosted events led by WSF Youth Programs Director Dr. Ryan Brock now also include rock climbing, kayaking, and field hunting trips.
In this episode, Sheep Fever co-host Gray N. Thornton visits with Dr. Brock on the genesis of the YWCE, its phenomenal growth under his leadership, the launch of S.H.E.E.P. and its reach and focus, Ryan’s work launching a WSF-sponsored youth archery team, and new hunting programs currently in development.
 
You will be inspired by Dr. Brock’s enthusiasm, drive, and relentless pursuit of youth outdoors education.
Episode 44 - Blood Origins with Robbie Kröger

Episode 44 - Blood Origins with Robbie Kröger

Unlike a traditional story where fathers, grandfathers, mothers, and grandmothers handed down generations of stories, hunting locations and secret spots, techniques, ethics, ethos, and even weapons, Blood Origins Founder Robbie Kröger’s story is a little different. He had everything of the hunting life given to him, all but the personal experience of it. He was surrounded by the tools, the trophies, the stories, and even a letter from his grandfather telling him that the hunt was “In My Blood.” Born and raised in South Africa, conservation and hunting was in his blood, but access to it was a dream. Now a proud American and avid hunter and conservationist, and with a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Ole Miss, Robbie created Blood Origins, a global non-profit whose mission is to convey the truth about hunting and conservation to the non-hunting majority. Sheep Fever Co-Host Gray N. Thornton visits with Robbie on his vision for Blood Origins, its messaging, its impact, and most important, how Blood Origins and Robbie’s voice can move the needle to ensure our hunting heritage remains not only in our blood, but as a pursuit, passion, and privilege all can enjoy if we choose.
Episode 43: The last Keeper - Tom Opre

Episode 43: The last Keeper - Tom Opre

Conflicts over land use, conservation vs. preservation, sustainable use vs. protectionism, rural vs. urban values and politics, historical vs. contemporary knowledge, my science vs. your science, and even what constitutes an indigenous person are topics covered in this fast-paced conversation between award-winning filmmaker Tom Opre and Sheep Fever co-host Gray Thornton. Opre’s latest film, The Last Keeper, dives into the history and lives of Game Keepers in the Scottish Highlands and the challenges they and other rural peoples face while attempting to live, work, and stay on a landscape their forefathers have lived for generations. While centered in Scotland, the conflict over lifestyle, values, and land use is being repeated across the globe as the human population exceeds 8 billion, and competition for land, water, wildlife, resources, and their use is debated and fought over. Whether on the Isle of Skye, the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana, the forests and mountains of British Columbia, or the wilds of the Yukon, the issues are the same. This podcast pulls no punches. Enjoy!
Episode 42 - Aoudad - Mountain Game or Invasive Species?

Episode 42 - Aoudad - Mountain Game or Invasive Species?

Sheep Fever co-host Gray Thornton joins WSF Director Emilio Rangel, founder and co-owner of Rancho La Palmosa in Coahuila, Mexico, Dr. Sam Cunningham, Texas Bighorn Society President, Froylan Hernandez, Desert Bighorn Sheep Program Director with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and Jim Breck Bean of High West Outfitters to discuss aoudad as a big game animal, their value to Texas landowners, and their impact on the health and viability of desert bighorn sheep.
Aoudad were introduced into Texas from northwest Africa (Barbary sheep) in the late 1940s and have taken hold, increasing more than 1800% to more than 30,000 in Texas today. By contrast, desert bighorn sheep were extirpated from Texas in the 1960s, but through the cooperative efforts of private landowners, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and organizations such as Texas Bighorn Society and WSF, were restored, reaching a population high of 2,000 in the mid-2010s. Tragically, those 2,000 have been reduced to about 500-600 desert sheep in the Lone Star State today. A significant factor contributing to this decline has been competition for habitat with aoudad and pathogens such as M.ovi transmitted from them, causing all age die-offs.
This is a very complex issue with no simple answer. This esteemed panel discusses these challenges, opportunities, as well as possible solutions.
Episode 41 - To Lead or Not to Lead? That’s the question

Episode 41 - To Lead or Not to Lead? That’s the question

The ban on the use of lead shot for hunting waterfowl was phased-in starting with the 1987-1988 hunting season. The ban became nationwide in 1991. Over the concerns of lead fragments in gut piles and the non-recovered game being ingested by other wildlife, namely scavenging birds, some states now require non-lead ammunition for big game hunting, and pressure is being placed on the USFWS to make non-lead the norm on all National Wildlife Refuges. Chris Parish, President & CEO of The Peregrine Fund, Leland Brown, Non-Lead Hunting Education Coordinator with the Oregon Zoo, Paul Juergens, The Peregrine Fund VP of Conservation all with the Non-Lead Partnership, and WSF Lobbyist Charlie Booher join Sheep Fever co-hosts Gray Thornton and Keith Balfourd to speak on the issue of lead vs. non-lead big game hunting ammunition, proposed legislation regarding its use, what the science says, and the role sportsmen could play as this issue is brought to the fore. Available on Spotify, Apple Podacsts, Pocket Casts, Audible and the link in our bio.
Episode 40 - Wild Sheep & Predators

Episode 40 - Wild Sheep & Predators

Join Sheep Fever co-host Gray N. Thornton for a fascinating and educational conversation on wild sheep predation with four career wildlife biologists with a combined ~180 years of agency and NGO experience. Kevin Hurley, WSF Vice President of Conservation, Kurt Alt, WSF Conservation Director – International Programs, Tom Lohuis, Dall’s Sheep Research Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game; and Eric Rominger, (Retired) Bighorn Sheep Biologist, with New Mexico Department of Game & Fish have managed and studied a wide spectrum of ungulate species across multiple western states and Central Asia. These four biologists have focused on wild sheep for many decades and share their perspectives on predator-prey dynamics, biological and social factors influencing wild sheep management, stakeholder expectations, and the multiple, complex, and often controversial factors involved in managing wild sheep in ecosystems with a full suite of mid- to large-sized carnivores, plus efficient aerial predators of wild sheep, particularly lambs.
From “top down” predation-driven systems to “bottom-up” vegetative communities, these seasoned wild sheep biologists offer at times diverse but fully interesting thoughts on the challenges of wild sheep/predator interactions.
Episode 39 - Weatherby, Inc & In Pursuit - Adam Weatherby

Episode 39 - Weatherby, Inc & In Pursuit - Adam Weatherby

Founded by Roy Weatherby in 1945, to say the company that bears his name is an iconic brand in the firearms industry would be a gross understatement. The Mark V Deluxe with super high gloss blued barrel, mated to the “strongest in the industry” 9-lug action, bedded into diamond patterned, inlaid fine walnut Monte Carlo styled stock and pistol grip, has been for decades the epidemy of the gunmaker’s art. Times have changed, and so has Weatherby. Third-generation leader of this fine brand, Adam Weatherby, joins Sheep Fever co-host Gray Thornton to share the company’s beginnings in South Gate, California, to its current state-of-the-art factory and headquarters in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Adam shares his vision for the transformation of the brand and products which still include the Mark V Deluxe, to ultra-lightweight sheep rifles borne from titanium and carbon fiber, new Weatherby magnum and non-magnum calibers, the new Model 307 700 action-based platform named for Wyoming statewide area code, and an expanded line of sporting and field shotguns. Adam uses what he makes and sells, testing new products and calibers from the first game animal with the then new 6.5 x 300 Weatherby, his Dall’s sheep in NWT, to his Oregon bighorn also with the 6.5x300, to his third wild sheep, a Fannin taken with the Weatherby WSF Thinhorn Edition in 6.5 RPM.

Adam is donating the Thinhorn Edition he used in the Yukon and Brenda Weatherby’s WSF Bighorn edition used in Montana’s Unlimited unit for auction at the upcoming Sheep Show® to complement their Presenting Sponsorship of WSF and our convention.
Episode 38 - What’s in Store for Sheep Show® 2024?

Episode 38 - What’s in Store for Sheep Show® 2024?

The Sheep Show® is without a doubt the Ferrari of mountain game hunting and conservation expos. Sheep Fever co-hosts Gray Thornton and Keith Balfourd sit down with Team WSF – the staff of the foundation to share what’s lined up and what is new for the January 18-20, 2024 convention in Reno. A dozen sheep hunts to be given away, many, many more on auction as well as $3 million in hunts, trips, gear, art, and other offerings of all genre. $95,000 in auction and/or floor credits to win! The best-in-class banquets, live entertainment, raffles, seminars, the Full Curl Cinema, Camp Chef Culinary Corner, a Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience and the finest guides, outfitters, and equipment purveyors from around the world. There is something for everyone at the Sheep Show®! Come for the Sheep, Stay for the Party™!
December 6th is the last day for Early Bird Registration discount. Don’t delay, register for the Sheep Show® today!
Episode 37 - CALL ME HUNTER WITH JIM SHOCKEY

Episode 37 - CALL ME HUNTER WITH JIM SHOCKEY

Within the hunter-conservationist and outdoor writing, film, and television communities, Jim Shockey needs no introduction. Now an internationally best-selling novelist, Jim visits with Sheep Fever host Keith Balfourd and WSF’s Development Manager, Paige Culver, to discuss his new book, Call Me Hunter. His debut novel has only been out a month to rave reviews. As a member of the Wild Sheep Family and an advocate for conservation and hunting, we wanted to learn more about his motivations for this novel, which we learned he had been planning for most of his life. Published by Simon & Schuster, Call Me Hunter is fast-tracking up the bestseller list. In this episode, Jim graciously shares far more about his book and life’s travels than we bargained for, which is very much like the book itself: a surprise and great read.
EPISODE 36 – TELEVISION, VIDEO, FILMS & KILL SHOTS

EPISODE 36 – TELEVISION, VIDEO, FILMS & KILL SHOTS

There was a time when hunting was only found within a circle of those who participated in this traditional outdoor pastime and lifestyle. No longer. Hunting is now available to anyone with a television, computer, or cell phone through videos, films, and social reels.

While some have celebrated hunting’s “coming out party,” others had concerns. Would these public mediums represent hunting and the killing of wildlife in the proper light and context? Would the non-hunting public, now with total access, understand what they were seeing and remain supportive? Ultimately, this would be up to the television networks, individual producers of these shows, videos, and films, who was showing them and where, and what was been shown and not shown.

On the heels of a new Films & Video Standards Policy passed by WSF’s Board of Directors, this episode of Sheep Fever peels back the curtain on the topic of what has been gained by hunting going mainstream media, what are the ramifications, what’s appropriate where, and who should decide.
Recordings of Fall Directors Election Candidate Interviews

Recordings of Fall Directors Election Candidate Interviews

WSF Members:

The Wild Sheep Foundation Fall 2023 Director Elections began October 15th and concludes December 15th. Per WSF Bylaws, every WSF member in good standing as of September 15, 2023, has been sent a ballot and biographies for the seven director candidates running for four WSF Board of Director positions for a three-year term, May 1, 2024, through April 31, 2027.

Click below to listen to a special edition of our regular podcast recordings to provide candidates an opportunity to introduce themselves to our membership and for you to get to know them and hear their vision for the Foundation.

You can also download and listen to these recordings from the popular podcast app links on this page.

The seven candidates running include (in alpha order by last name with start times) are:
1 Clint Bentley 00:01:58 Nevada, USA
2 Dr. Sam Cunningham 00:09:53 Texas USA
3 Larry Jacobs 00:22:15 Oregon, USA
4 Rob Kopecky 00:32:25 Alberta, USA
5 Emilio Rangel 00:42:00 Nuevo Leon, Mexico
6 Kyle  Stelter 00:52:49 British Columbia, Canada
7 Frank Turner 01:01:43 Alberta, Canada

Each candidate was asked the same five questions and was afforded 10 minutes to respond. We hope these recordings help our membership make an informed decision on the leadership of our Foundation.
Episode 35 - Working Dogs for Conservation

Episode 35 - Working Dogs for Conservation

Man’s (and woman’s) best friend has been an important part of the human experience for ~40,000 years. Faithful companion, worker, beast of burden, hunter, protector, rescuer, and best friend. Dogs have been and continue to be all of these and more. Most recently, working dogs have also been an important tool and arrow in the quiver of wild sheep managers and advocates as well as domestic sheep producers to detect the presence of pathogens such as Mycoplasma Ovipneumoniae (M.ovi) in both wild and domestic sheep scat and nasal samples.

Sheep Fever co-host Gray Thornton visits with Working Dogs for Conservation (WD4C) Executive Director Dr. Pete Coppolillo and WSF Vice President of Conservation Kevin Hurley to discuss how these four-legged friends are making an impact on wild sheep conservation, trap & translocations, and test and remove programs throughout the west.
EPISODE 34 - Icon of Alaska - Dick Gunlogson with Larry McGovern

EPISODE 34 - Icon of Alaska - Dick Gunlogson with Larry McGovern

Alaskan Master Guide Dick Gunlogson is an icon of the north and our wild sheep family. WSF Director Larry McGovern has hunted with Dick numerous times over several decades including a harrowing adventure during the terrorist attack on the USA on September 11, 2001. Sheep Fever Co-host Gray Thornton joins Dick and Larry for a fabulous campfire discussion on hunts, Dick’s storied career, life in Alaska, the early days of Super Cub polar bear hunting, and of course, Dall’s sheep and other hunts in the Last Frontier. Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, relax, and enjoy this conversation with an Alaskan legend!
Episode 33 - Adventure Wild with Don and David Prince

Episode 33 - Adventure Wild with Don and David Prince

Adventure Wild is a collection of five rare hunting and fishing films produced over 40 years ago by FNAWS Charter Member Don Prince and his hunting and angling partner Eugene Vugteveen. Don Prince was a pioneer in the outdoor film industry, traveling to Africa, British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, Saskatchewan and many other remote locations in pursuit of filming big game and unchartered waters. These films take you back to a bygone era of hunting and fishing with names and hunting area WSF members know and love.

Sheep Fever co-host Gray Thornton visits with Don and his grandson David to talk about the early days of outdoor films, the areas and game, the early days of FNAWS and why wild sheep are so special. David Prince has recaptured the original 16mm films on DVD and digital download so we can travel back to the late 1960s and early 1970s on epic 21-day Yukon and BC sheep hunts, one of the last safaris in Kenya, and angling adventures. Listeners can download the series or individual films or buy the DVD set at www.adventurewildfilms.com. Be sure to use the Discount Code SHEEPFEVER10 for $10 off!
Episode 32 – Western Big Game Hunting with Dan Adler of Diamond Outfitters

Episode 32 – Western Big Game Hunting with Dan Adler of Diamond Outfitters

In this episode, Gray and Keith sit down with a seasoned veteran in guiding and outfitting western big game hunts, and it wasn’t what we expected.

Dan Adler owns and operates Diamond Outfitters, offering a complete species list of adventures across Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and Sonora, Mexico. Dan is a retired Air Force Captain who brought a fresh approach and perspective to the business of outfitting, from proven service industry business practices down to the staff he recruits and trains, 61 in total, mostly retired military, law enforcement officers or other first responders, border patrol agents, local cowboys, and career guides/outfitters.

Dan started Diamond Outfitters in 2006 with an “I can do better, the business can be better, the industry can be better, the reputation of guides should be better, and most importantly, the clients deserve better” mindset. You’ll enjoy this one, and yes, we do get to talk a little about hunting.
Episode 31 – Field Ethos with Mike Schoby

Episode 31 – Field Ethos with Mike Schoby

Field Ethos was the brainchild of Donald Trump Jr. and Jason Vincent, a multi-media platform to tell the stories of time in the field, but with an unapologetic, cut-to-the-chase brand of adventure, exploration, and the things that matter most, the life-long bonds we create with those we share campfires with.

In this episode, co-host Keith Balfourd visits with Bozeman local Mike Schoby, Field Ethos’s COO. Mike’s resume includes past Editor-in-Chief of Petersen’s Hunting and Guns & Ammo magazines. He’s hunted everything from everywhere and is a key piece of the Field Ethos platform, including a website, newsletter, printed Field Journal, newsletter, and podcast. Their approach to sharing information and storytelling is unique, edgy, and entertaining as if you were telling tales with friends over a campfire with a bottle of brown. The unapologetic part is that we hunt because we hunt; it’s in our blood.
Episode 30 – Education – WSF Youth Education Coordinator, Dr. Ryan Brock, & Sara Bridge, Executive Director, National Bighorn Sheep Center

Episode 30 – Education – WSF Youth Education Coordinator, Dr. Ryan Brock, & Sara Bridge, Executive Director, National Bighorn Sheep Center

Wild Sheep Foundation’s Mission is “We enhance wild sheep populations, promote scientific wildlife management, and educate the public and youth on sustainable use and the conservation benefits of hunting while promoting the interests of the hunter.”

Education of youth and the public is critical to our mission accomplishment. We address the youth component primarily through events and efforts led by WSF Youth Education Coordinator Dr. Ryan Brock, including the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience at our annual Sheep Show® convention and his Shooting & Hunting Ethics Education Program (S.H.E.E.P.) conducted at public events as well as our chapter and affiliate banquets and conventions.

The National Bighorn Sheep Center (NBSC) in Dubois, Wyoming, is a world-class education and interpretative center focusing on the needs of wild sheep and those who have and currently live amongst them. Tens of thousands of visitors each year learn about wild sheep and their habitat by visiting the Center. A recent outreach tool used by the NBSC are webinars from the center, such as the recent disease webinar, including expert panelists from throughout Canada and the USA conceived and led by NBSC Executive Director Sara Bridge.

In this episode, Ryan and Sara visit with Sheep Fever co-host Gray Thornton to speak on their programs, their impact on youth and adults, and the three discuss ways to expand and better collaborate WSF and NBSC programs to reach even more people to educate them on wild sheep, wildlife, wild lands, and the conservation benefits of sustainable use which hunting play such an integral part.
 
EPISODE 29 - Brandon Maddox of Silencer Central

EPISODE 29 - Brandon Maddox of Silencer Central

Suppressors (silencers) are legal to own in 42 US states and legal to hunt with in 41 of those. Brandon Maddox, CEO and owner of Silencer Central, is recognized as a national thought leader on Class 3 firearms. What began as Maddox’s home-based Federal Firearms License (FFL) evolved into a Class 3 Dealership and has grown into the nationwide brand it is today. Maddox’s NFA expertise makes him a popular voice for the industry, and he speaks regularly at National Compliance Conferences.

Before his work with Silencer Central, Maddox practiced pharmacy and served as a marketing executive in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University. Maddox is passionate about varmint hunting and has spent more than a decade honing his expertise in the Western Dakota prairies.

Sheep Fever Co-Host Gray Thornton, a suppressor enthusiast and user, visits with Brandon about the growth of suppressor use in big game and mountain hunting, the benefits of them, and demystifies the purchase process, which WSF Sponsor and Conservation Partner, Silencer Central, has simplified and perfected. If you’ve ever considered buying or using a silencer, listen to this informative and entertaining podcast.
Episode 28 - WSF Vision for FY 2023-24 - Glen Landrus & Kyle Stelter

Episode 28 - WSF Vision for FY 2023-24 - Glen Landrus & Kyle Stelter

High School educator and past President of Washington WSF, Glen Landrus of Anatone, WA is serving his second term as Chair of the Board of Directors of Wild Sheep Foundation. Former 747 pilot and CEO of Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia, Kyle Stelter of Victoria, BC is serving his second term as Vice Chair.

Glen and Kyle join Sheep Fever Co-Host Gray Thornton to reflect on the most successful year in FNAWS/WSF’s 46-year history and the most impactful for wild sheep. This past year saw record amounts raised and Grant-In-Aid dollars directed to wild sheep conservation, education, and advocacy programs, as well as funds directed to state, provincial, and tribal agencies for their wild sheep and wildlife programs. With the bar set this high, our guests dive into plans and their vision for the new 2023-2024 fiscal year and beyond. As the old saying goes, plan your work and work your plan.
Episode 27 - Gastronomy Outdoors - Chef Josh Schwencke

Episode 27 - Gastronomy Outdoors - Chef Josh Schwencke

Chef Josh Schwencke owns and operates Gastronomy Outdoors in south Texas, a company designed in the building and facilitating of culinary courses centered around wild game preparation. Over the past 18 years Gastronomy has worked to connect its clients to the foundation of their food system by teaching cooking courses, game dinners and fireside meals all in the name of great food, fellowship, and conservation. As a hunter and outdoorsmen, Chef Josh brings his years of culinary service into the frontier by combining cooking methods, techniques and international influence to all his game cooking and instructing. Though based in San Antonio, Josh holds the position as the Executive Chef in Residence of Wild Sheep Foundation and Women Hunt®, headlining the Camp Chef Culinary Corner the WSF’s annual Sheep Show as well as writing to Wild Sheep® magazine.
Episode 26 - NWT Dall’s Sheep and “Selective” – a new film from Jason Matzinger

Episode 26 - NWT Dall’s Sheep and “Selective” – a new film from Jason Matzinger

Watch the Trailer Here
For this episode, Keith and Gray are joined by Glenda Grout, owner of Canol Outfitters in the NWT, and filmmaker Jason Matzinger to talk all things NWT Dall’s Sheep.

After Covid delays, Jason was able to fulfill his dream of hunting a Dall’s ram with Glenda this past July. This sheep hunt was an opportunity for him to gather what he needed to complete a new film project that will also explore the history and significance to conservation and game management, as well as the personal rewards of a selective harvest of a special animal, what we all refer to as a “trophy.” As we know, the notion of trophy hunting is being weaponized to pray away public support for all hunting. This film aims to take this narrative back.

The group also discusses the opportunity for someone to win a Dall’s sheep hunt in NWT, which WSF, the Association of Mackenzie Mountain Outfitters, and NWT Tourism are offering. The deadline to get in on this drawing is coming up fast, June 30th.
Episode 25 - Blayne St. James and St. James Sporting Properties

Episode 25 - Blayne St. James and St. James Sporting Properties

Blayne St. James owns and operates St. James Sporting Properties, a group of elite real estate professionals and outdoorsmen specializing in selling trophy hunting and fishing properties throughout the West. His company has exclusive marketing partnerships with some of the premier names in the outdoor industry and some of the most well-respected names in the non-profit space. In addition to working in the outdoor world, he is also an avid big game hunter who enjoys both archery and rifle hunting. He was awarded the Super Slam® of North American Big Games, holds Grand Slam® #1831, and has multiple archery awards. Conservation is a major priority to Blayne and his family. He holds lifetime memberships in the following conservation organizations: Wild Sheep Foundation, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Society, Mule Deer Foundation, Grand Slam Club Ovis, Safari Club International, Dallas Safari Club, as well as the Pope and Young Club.

Sheep Fever co-host Gray Thornton sits down with Blayne to talk hunting sheep, the NA 29, polar bear, and much more, including the essence of hunting and passing it on to future generations of hunters and conservationists. This conservation flows through a multitude of topics, from bow hunting to buying your dream recreational property.
EPISODE 24 - Schnee’s - Boots, Firearms, Gear, Sheep Hunting & our Outdoor Heritage

EPISODE 24 - Schnee’s - Boots, Firearms, Gear, Sheep Hunting & our Outdoor Heritage

On this episode of Sheep Fever, co-host Gray Thornton visits with Schnee’s president & owner, Jon Edwards, and Marketing Director, Matt Miller, to talk sheep hunting, their Montana roots, footwear, firearms, gear, our freedoms, outdoor heritage, and why this iconic downtown Bozeman brand has been a stalwart supporter of Wild Sheep Foundation for more than 30 years.

We discuss Schnee’s rich history, its future, and why showcasing a “gun shop” on Main Street in downtown Bozeman is important to our Western heritage and ethos. We also visit on our upcoming partnership -Schnee’s & WSF’s Ram Rendezvous II July 6-7, 2023, where we again turn downtown Bozeman into a street fair with BBQ, beer, live music, Schnee’s & WSF partner vendors, and a celebration of wild sheep, hunting & conservation.
Episode 23 - Feral Horse & Burrows with Tony Wasley, Charlie Booher & Kevin Hurley

Episode 23 - Feral Horse & Burrows with Tony Wasley, Charlie Booher & Kevin Hurley

Congress passed the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act in 1971 when populations of these animals were declining. Back then, no one could have foreseen the problems we currently face 55 years later, as unchecked populations overrun the carrying capacity of the land and out-compete native wildlife (including wild bighorns) for forage and water. The law requires the BLM to protect and manage populations of horses and burros for the health of the landscape and these animals themselves, but it forbids multiple-use agencies from destroying healthy animals. That leaves us – the taxpayers and owners of the public land where most of these critters live – with conflicting rules and a whole lot of mouths to feed.

The President’s FY24 budget requested nearly $155 million of taxpayer dollars to employ and resource 239 full-time employees for horse and burro management. Most of that taxpayer money will be spent feeding the more than 60,000 animals still in long-term holding facilities.

Current horse and burro policies are failing our public lands, our public wildlife, and the equids themselves. The time for change has come and passed.

Sheep Fever asked those close to the situation to help explain why the law is being carried out as written, how bad things have gotten, and what can and should be done.
Episode 22 - Women Hunt®, Women Shaping Conservation, and Women In Hunting™

Episode 22 - Women Hunt®, Women Shaping Conservation, and Women In Hunting™

For a variety of reasons women are one of the fasting growing segments of the hunting and shooting communities. WSF’s Women Hunt® program was conceived to help more women cross barriers into the hunting and conservation space. Women Shaping Conservation is a new program within Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia with a shared vision and mission of WSF’s Women Hunt® program. Gray sits down with Women Hunt® founder and Chair Renée Thornton, Women Shaping Conservation Chair Rebecca Peters, (a 2021 Women Hunt® sponsored New Hunter Course alumni), and Amy Patrick, Policy Director of Oregon Hunters Association (a 2022 Women Hunt® sponsored New Hunter Course alumni) to discuss their journeys as new hunters, challenges they faced, opportunities they enjoyed and the future of Women In Hunting™.
Episode 21 - Hunting Icons of British Columbia - Ron Fleming and Darwin Cary

Episode 21 - Hunting Icons of British Columbia - Ron Fleming and Darwin Cary

One of the most cherished aspects of any hunt is the stories shared around a campfire. Whether enjoying Stone’s sheep ribs slow grilled on willow sticks, Dall’s tenderloins sauteed on a hot rock, or bighorn backstraps sizzling in a well-worn cast iron pan, the stories told while enjoying the fruits of the hunt in many ways epitomize the allure of sheep camp and the essence of the hunting experience. Guides, outfitters, and professional hunters around the world are renowned as some of the finest storytellers. Weaving a yarn, telling the truth, or a mixture of the two, hunting and outdoor stories shared by hunting icons, are often our most cherished memories of time spent in the mountains and afield.

Gray sits down at the recent Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia convention in Kelowna, BC, with two such icons, both WSF Frank Golata Outstanding Outfitter winners, Ron Fleming of Love Brothers & Lee, LTD and Darwin Cary of Scoop Lake Outfitters. Ron and Darwin share their journeys getting into the Guide/Outfitting business, hilarious stories, and exciting and harrowing adventures experienced over six decades in the mountains as well as their views on the past, present, and future of guide outfitting in BC.

These two can tell a tale and feed off each other like a few others.  Enjoy nearly ninety minutes of two icons of British Columbia. We’re confident you’ll want even more!
Episode 20 - Conservation Permits with Andrew McKean

Episode 20 - Conservation Permits with Andrew McKean

Auction Tags, Governor’s Tags, Minister’s Permits – celebrated conservation funding, special privilege, love them or hate them, amazing record amounts of money are being spent each year for the chance to skip to the head of the line and hunt one special animal. The question is, what do these funds mean to big game species, the agencies that receive these funds, the organizations that sell them, and is this system of conservation funding durable?

On the heels of the 2023 AZ Mule Deer Tag selling for $725,000, Gray and Keith sit down with Hunting and Conservation Editor for Outdoor Life and Mule Deer Foundation board member Andrew McKean to do a deep dive into the crazy amounts of money being generated from these tags, why, who and what benefits and while some people cheer, others complain.
Episode 19 - One Health with Peri Wolff and Shane Mahoney

Episode 19 - One Health with Peri Wolff and Shane Mahoney

One Health is not a new concept, but it has gained momentum with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and others following the COVID pandemic. One Health promotes the fact that human health is directly tied to the health of the environment, including wildlife, plants, clean air, and clean water. While at the 2023 Sheep Show, Keith visited with wildlife veterinary expert and past Chair of the Wild Sheep Foundation Peregrine Wolff, and Shane Mahoney, president and CEO of Conservation Visions. Their conversation explores how One Health could engage more people in the conservation and management of natural resources, which should lead to a better understanding of the historical role hunters and anglers have played and continue to play in healthy ecosystems.
Episode 18 - La Palmosa - A Family Tradition and Vision for Wildlife

Episode 18 - La Palmosa - A Family Tradition and Vision for Wildlife

The 100,000-acre Rancho La Palmosa is the result of a vision to restore native wildlife to the Chihuahuan desert of northern Coahuila, including desert bighorn sheep, pronghorn, mule deer, whitetail deer (miquihuanenses subspecies), quail (scaled and Montezuma) and non-game species and to enhance and protect the biodiversity of native flora and fauna. The Rangel family has owned portions of the ranch for more than 50 years. La Palmosa encompasses 156 square miles of spectacular desert, mesa, and mountain topography ranging from 4,200’ to 8,600’ in elevation in the San Marcos y Los Pinõs Mountains.
Gray sits down with La Palmosa owners Emilio Rangel and his son Emilio Espino to discuss the history of the ranch and their repatriation efforts for desert bighorn sheep which from a source population of 133 released in 2005/2006 now numbers more than 700 free-ranging bighorns.
Episode 17 - Hard Truths About Conservation with Dan Cabela and Shane Mahoney

Episode 17 - Hard Truths About Conservation with Dan Cabela and Shane Mahoney

Outdoor programming on television has come a long way since its inception, with more and more shows covering the conservation benefits of hunting and fishing. However, the majority of shows air on outdoor networks favored by sportsmen. The broader public that would benefit from knowing these benefits have been harder to reach. While at the 2023 Sheep Show, Keith sat down with Dan Cabela and Conservation Visions president and CEO Shane Mahoney to talk about Dan’s new television series, Hard Truths, airing on a much more diverse platform, the History Channel.
EPISODE 16 - SITKA GEAR

EPISODE 16 - SITKA GEAR

SITKA Gear has led the technical hunting clothing community with their launch in 2005 with purposeful-designed apparel for the sheep and mountain game hunter and their digitally inspired Open Country pattern. Today, their lines include camouflage patterns, apparel, and gear for all species, from elk, mule deer, and whitetail to waterfowl and turkey. A leader in conservation, SITKA has been funding wild sheep and wildlife conservation in a major way since its start and has been the Official Sponsor of the Sheep Show for nine years and the initial sponsor for WSF’s <1 Club® and Women Hunt® programs. Gray sits down during the 2023 Sheep Show with SITKA’s Lindsey Davis, Trevor Stewart, and Abby Atol to discuss STIKA’s approach to gear and their commitment to WSF, our programs, and our industry.
Episode 15 - Stone Glacier with Jeff Sposito

Episode 15 - Stone Glacier with Jeff Sposito

Stone Glacier is recognized as one of the fastest-growing, innovative, and edgy brands in the outdoor space. Gray sits down with SG President and CEO Jeff Sposito to discuss SG’s austere beginnings to trim gear weight to enable acclaimed Dall’s and Montana Unlimited hunter, SG Founder and Lead Designer Kurt Racicot to hunt solo for weeks in some of the most challenging environments to SG’s future as a gem of Vista Outdoors. Jeff talks about the brand, the products, the culture, and the future of Stone Glacier.
Episode 14 - Custom Rifles and a Raffle Tag Ram w/Paul Donaldson

Episode 14 - Custom Rifles and a Raffle Tag Ram w/Paul Donaldson

For this episode, Keith visits with Snowy Mountain Rifle of Montana president, Paul Donaldson to talk about custom rifle making and Paul’s good fortune in pulling the 2021 Idaho Raffle Bighorn Sheep Tag, good for Unit 11 Hells Canyon – a raffle ticket he purchased at the 2021 Sheep Show.
Episode 13 - Conservation Legislation & Policy with Jeff Crane

Episode 13 - Conservation Legislation & Policy with Jeff Crane

The business of conservation is complex, with many moving parts. In this episode, Keith visits with Congressional Sportsmen Foundation President Jeff Crane to discuss one aspect critical to successful wildlife and habitat conservation and protecting and advancing our outdoor traditions – legislation and policy at the federal and state levels. If there is one takeaway, sportsmen and the issues we care about are better represented now than at any point in history.
Episode 12 - Boots & Sheep Hunting - Jim Winjum, Kenetrek

Episode 12 - Boots & Sheep Hunting - Jim Winjum, Kenetrek

With more than 35 years of experience, Jim Winjum is a leading authority on footwear design for mountain hunting. In 2005 Jim's passion for backcountry hunting and the equipment required to participate in these adventures led Jim (and his partners) to found Kenetrek Boots in Bozeman, Montana where he serves as President. Gray sits down with this accomplished sheep and mountain hunter with both rifle and bow to talk boots, hunting, the wild sheep economy, and the future of wild sheep conservation
Episode 11 - Science Doesn’t Care What You Think - Steve Williams

Episode 11 - Science Doesn’t Care What You Think - Steve Williams

One of the seven principles of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is; wildlife is to be managed by the best science available, not opinion, conjecture, or how some would like it to be.

Keith sits down with Steve Williams, past Chief of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and current president of the Wildlife Management Institute to discuss how this cornerstone of wildlife management came about, its contributions over the past century, and what challenges we face in keeping science at the forefront of wildlife policy and management.
EP 10 - Test & Remove

EP 10 - Test & Remove

One bright spot in keeping wild sheep on the Mountain is a new program called, Test & Remove. In this episode, Gray sits down with the leading experts in the field, Helen Schwantje, DVM formerly (retired) the Wildlife Veterinarian for the Province of British Columbia, and Peregrine Wolff, DVM immediate past WSF Chair, Executive Manager of the Wildlife Disease Association and member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Caprinae Specialist Group.

The loss of any wild sheep to predation or disease is heartfelt. It's even harder when an animal tests positive for the pathogen M.ovi and has to be euthanized. But the results of more lambs surviving to adulthood and progressively fewer sheep testing positive has proven its worth. Today, it is our best tool in the toolbox.
EP9 - Trophies & Trophy Hunting Part 2

EP9 - Trophies & Trophy Hunting Part 2

Like a tough piece of meat that gets bigger the more you chew it, there’s more to this discussion on trophies and trophy hunting. Gray, Keith and Shane pick up where they left off and frame a path forward that just might make the most sense for steering this issue in a more positive direction.
EP8 - Trophies & Trophy Hunting Part 1

EP8 - Trophies & Trophy Hunting Part 1

If there's a hot topic aimed at the future of hunting today, it's trophy hunting. Something we doubt Jack O’Conner could have foreseen.

In this episode we visit with our community's sage advisor, Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions. Like the word conservation, trophy hunting has been highjacked by those trying to advance an anti-hunting agenda. This time as a bumper sticker campaign to launch into a more personal effort, the anti-hunter.

Is the negative stereotype surrounding the notion of trophy hunting something we should be concerned about? Should we have adjectives that describe different types of hunting, or is hunting just hunting? Better yet, is trophy hunting conservation?
EP7 - Asian Sheep Hunting - Robert Logan

EP7 - Asian Sheep Hunting - Robert Logan

When it comes to Asian sheep hunting and especially hunting wild sheep in China, few have “been there – done that” than Albertan Robert Logan. Gray got with Bob in his stunning trophy room in Calgary to visit about his hunts, his trophies, his hunting friends, impromptu horse races, civil wars and strife including a few close calls Bob would rather not repeat!
EP 6 - A New Look at an Old Problem

EP 6 - A New Look at an Old Problem

For this episode of Sheep Fever, WSF President and CEO Gray Thornton and Vice President of Conservation Kevin Hurley visit with Kate Huyvaert DVM, the new Rocky Crate chair at Washington State University's School of Veterinary Medicine.
We've learned most of what we know about diseases and die-offs in wild sheep and what can be done from this think tank and research facility, which WSF and others have been supporting for years.
While we've gotten pretty good at putting wild sheep on the Mountain, keeping them there has been a struggle in some areas. Dr. Huyvaert gives us insights on new research and emerging technologies she and her team are working on, including a more reliable animal-side test for diseases.
EP 5 - The Original Hunt Adviser - Jack Atcheson, Jr.

EP 5 - The Original Hunt Adviser - Jack Atcheson, Jr.

So, you want to go sheep hunting? If there is one man who has seen it all in North America and internationally, its Jack Atcheson, Jr. Gray and Jack have a candid conversation about wild sheep hunting through the ages and where we are headed today.

Jack Jr. has followed in his father's footsteps as a booking agent out of Butte, Montana. Between them, they have put more people on their first and last sheep hunts than anyone. This is insider information we're all lucky to have.
EP 4 - Wild Sheep Conservation Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

EP 4 - Wild Sheep Conservation Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

If you want to know where you're going, check where you've been. In this episode of Sheep Fever, you'll hear from the past two Chairs of the Wild Sheep Foundation, Brett Jefferson and Dr. Peregrine Wolff. They both share a look behind the scenes of WSF over the past four years.
In their tenure at the helm, both have seen tremendous growth in the organization but more importantly significant progress in Putting and Keeping Wild Sheep on the Mountain. Still, challenges and threats remain to be overcome, reminding us that wild sheep conservation is a continuum.

EP 3 - Wild Harvest Initiative - Shane Mahoney

EP 3 - Wild Harvest Initiative - Shane Mahoney

How much wild game meat is humanely and ethically harvested by sportsmen and women in the US and Canada each year? How many meals does this represent, and how many people does this wild protein feed? The answer to these questions is in the millions of pounds and millions of meals. In this episode, you’ll learn the far-reaching effects of this research initiative that drives to the heart of why conservation matters; to everyone.
EP 2 - Great Rams - Bob Anderson - Part 2

EP 2 - Great Rams - Bob Anderson - Part 2

Bob and Gray got on a roll and there was just too much good dialog to decide what to edit, so we split their conversation into two episodes.
EP 1 - Great Rams - Bob Anderson - Part 1

EP 1 - Great Rams - Bob Anderson - Part 1

Like a living encyclopedia on big rams, sheep hunts, and sheep hunters, author of the Great Rams books I, II, III & IV, Bob Andersen forgets more in a night’s sleep than we’ll ever know. Gray sits down with this legendary wild sheep scribe to extract a fraction of what he knows.
WELCOME TO SHEEP FEVER - Podcast Series Trailer

WELCOME TO SHEEP FEVER - Podcast Series Trailer

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