Putting and keeping sheep on the mountain since 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) National Convention in Reno, Nevada, is something that every serious hunter and conservationist should attend annually.
The WSF is a small group of less than 6,000 members world-wide that are making a big difference to enhance wild sheep populations, the promotion of professional wildlife management, educating the public and our youth on sustainable use, and the conservation benefits of hunting.
The WSF convention is one of my favorite conventions to attend simply because of the many events that occur during the weekend—the Celebrity Sporting Clays event features members of the U.S. Shooting Team and Wounded Warrior Outdoors alumni; the elaborate ladies luncheon presented by Cabela’s, themed this year as Kentucky Derby, the <1 Club Cocktail Reception where those who enter that have never hunted sheep are eligible to win a coveted sheep hunt; the 3 days of expositions featuring the latest and greatest in gear; and some of the best hunting outfitters in the world. There’s something for everyone in the seminars, grand banquets, and live and silent auctions.
Fellowship over the weekend is always first, so it was no surprise that our crew from Wilderness Athlete and Train To Hunt managed to get in an early morning workout at the Northern Nevada Athletic Club.
The highlight of the weekend went to the beautiful collaboration between USMC Kirstie Ennis, master carver Nevada Grassie and Wounded Warrior Outdoors. As part of the Wounded Warrior Outdoors Adventures Enabled program, Kirstie was given a brilliant opportunity to harvest a magnificent bison. A true icon to the American frontier. That bison provided for many families, and gave back to Wounded Warrior Outdoors to better the lives of our American heroes.