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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

Byron Bateman Rocky

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

Junior Moose

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…

All Eyes on the Expo

The Expo Explosion

Western Hunting & Conservation Expo Drawing National Attention It appears the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo has broken through to the other side. After its 2015 four-day tear this past February, the Expo showed all new levels – record levels – in attendance, exhibitors, banquets and auctions, and money raised for wildlife and conservation. An estimated 41,000 hunters from 37 states and Canada converged on downtown Salt Lake City in February 2015 booking more hotel nights than most smaller conventions combined. More exhibit booth space was needed in 2015 to accommodate an ever growing number of exhibitors interested in tapping…

SFW Comments on Utah’s Interest in Federal Lands Transfer

Mule Deer Doe on Hillside

March 21, 2015 — North Salt Lake, UT  • • •  Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) today issued the following comments regarding recent discussions and activities relative to federal government potentially relinquishing hundreds of millions of acres of public land to states’ control. SFW has not taken an official position on this issue. SFW is working through a process that will lead to greater abundance of wildlife, greater opportunity for hunters, and greater land access for citizens. SFW has begun gathering input and opinions from its membership and will continue to do so. SFW is also meeting with key…

SFW Saves Utah Mule Deer

SFW Deer Transplant Best Hold

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

Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife presented a check for $1.013 Million to Utah Division of Wildlife Director Greg Sheehan on November 20, 2014. The large donation represents money SFW generated in 2014 through the Utah Conservation Permit program with special hunting tags auctioned at SFW banquets, fundraisers and other events throughout the year.

SFW Names Jon Larson Chief Executive Officer

Jon Larson

North Salt Lake, UT – Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) has named Jon W. Larson Chief Executive Officer. He will begin immediately overseeing day-to-day operations and management functions for the non-profit wildlife conservation organization.

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