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A Message from the President

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Re: Utah’s Award of 200 Expo Tags to SFW To Our Valued Members,   As you might be aware, there has recently been much said about SFW on public forums and social media outlets since we were named the successful bidder of Utah’s 200 Tag Expo contract. Unfortunately much of what is being said is being grossly misinterpreted and twisted. As a result I thought it would be beneficial to set the record straight. It is my hope that you will form your own opinion, based on our conservation record and facts, rather than be wrongly influenced by the falsehoods…

SFW Issues Statement on 200 Expo Tags Award

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The Western Hunting and Conservation Expo partners – Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife, Mule Deer Foundation and the Utah Foundation for North American Wild Sheep – would like to express their sincere appreciation to the State of Utah for its consideration in awarding us as the recipient of the 200 Expo Permit contract. The official conclusion of the review committee stated, “Overall, the evaluation committee determined that the proposal submitted by Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (SFW) provides the best value to the State.” President and CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation Miles Moretti said, “We are grateful for the…

State of Utah Awards 200 Expo Tags to SFW through 2021


Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife and the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo partners (MDF and UFNAWS) have been awarded the 200 Utah Big Game Tags for five more years. The Utah Wildlife Board today voted unanimously to accept a review panel’s recommendation and award the 200 Expo Tags contract to SFW. A four-member panel appointed by the Utah State Purchasing Department reviewed two formal proposals; one submitted by SFW and the other by RMEF. The final scores, based on 500 possible points and six specific criteria, were SFW 435 vs. RMEF’s 387.5. In the judgement of the four panels members, it…

Hunts for the Brave Unveils New Website


SFW’s Affiliate Hunts for the Brave has launched a new website at Hunts for the Brave is lead by a group of outdoorsmen who understand the value that outdoor activities bring to a person’s life. These men are dedicated to thanking everyday Heroes for their selfless service by taking them on hunting and fishing adventures. Anyone can nominate a worthy Hunts for the Brave candidate at Welcome to Hunts for the Brave Hunts for the Brave is dedicated to giving back to our community Heroes. A Hero is any public or civil servant, or citizen of any age who goes above and beyond…

Hunters Touting “Best Deer Hunt in 20 Years” for Utah

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Many SFW members in Utah have been reporting the best deer hunt of your lives, for them, their kids and their families on our general season, public land units. SFW Chapter Leader Brayden Richmond agrees and said about this year’s hunt, “Most people in our town are saying it is almost as good as the good old days, and the future looks even better. There are many nice big mature bucks to choose from.” SFW Board Chairman Dave Woodhouse also agrees. “We at SFW have worked for twenty years, the 1.1 million acres of habitat restoration, fencing highways, reducing lions, and now…

High Elevation Habitat Restoration

A large mule deer buck standing in a meadow with aspen trees in the background in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado

The state of Utah with SFW’s help has restored more than 1 million acres of pinion and juniper habitat, primarily critical winter range areas that deer and elk rely on for survival. Deer herds in particular are responding well. At the higher elevation, those above 8,500 feet, conifer trees, like pinion juniper, have reduced the best deer and elk habitat stands. Deer and elk rely on these stands to fatten up during the summer months prior to migrating to lower wintering elevations. This reduction in high elevation habitat has two negative impacts: 1) Deer go into the winter with much…

SFW Names Melissa Kemp Administrative Assistant

Melissa Kemp is SFW's new Administrative Assistant. She can be reached at

Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) has hired Melissa Kemp as Administrative Assistant in its corporate headquarters. She will immediately begin overseeing all office administration functions for our non-profit wildlife conservation organization located at 215 North Redwood Road #1 in North Salt Lake, Utah. Most recently office manager at SN Custom Railing in Ogden, Melissa brings 10 years’ of experience to SFW. She is also a skilled bookkeeper and project coordinator. “Melissa comes to us with the perfect skill set that will compliment SFW’s growing needs,” said Jon Larson, SFW CEO. “Our chapters and members will soon become very familiar…

SFW Board Member Byron Bateman Appointed by Governor Gary Herbert to Utah Wildlife Board

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Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) announces the resignation of Byron Bateman from the SFW Executive Board. Mr. Bateman has accepted a recent appointment by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to serve on the Utah Wildlife Board. Mr. Bateman immediately tenured his SFW resignation from the SFW board upon learning of his appointment by the governor. He has served SFW for nearly 20 years as its former President and CEO, Chief Financial Officer, and most recently as a member of the SFW Executive Board. He will officially take his seat on the Utah Wildlife Board at the August 2015 board meeting….

UPDATE – Utah Moose Study

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Here are some recent updates from the Utah Moose Study, Provided by Joel Ruprecht, USU Graduate Student. This is an important project funded and supported by SFW members. We’ve been conducting calf searches the last two weeks to see how many radio-collared cow moose produced calves this year. Of the three years we’ve been collecting this information, this has been the best year for calving rates. In the Wasatch Unit as a whole, more than 60% of the cows we surveyed had a calf with them, although calving rates were much higher in the western portion of the unit. In…

SFW Saves Utah Mule Deer

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SFW’s Davis-Weber and Salt Lake chapter volunteers lead the way on an important urban mule deer transplant project.

Our Mission

"The mission of SFW is to promote the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat, assist in providing quality wildlife management programs, educating the public about the role hunters play in wildlife conservation, and perpetuating the family tradition of hunting and fishing".