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SFW Tops the List . . . Western Hunting Expo | February 19-22, 2015 | Salt Lake City SFW puts HotyUSA Sportsmen slide 5

Hunting Expo Registration is Now Open

Western Hunting and Conservation Expo

Salt Lake City, UT — Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife has opened registration for the 2015 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo (Hunt Expo). Attendees hoping for the best seating and hotel rooms are encouraged to register now. Tickets and best seating are going fast. SFW members and hunters who come from all 50 states can look forward to the 9th Annual Hunt Expo and a myriad of hunting and related activities and more than 300 exhibitors available at the Salt Palace Convention Center, February 19 to 22, 2015. This year Saturday Conservation Night features Keynote Speaker NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre and Country Music’s Sawyer Brown performing live. Country music entertainer Jerrod Niemann will also perform live Friday night.

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.

A New Herd of Mountain Goats on Utah’s La Sal Mountain Range

Goat Transplant

SFW staff and volunteers joined Utah Division of Wildlife biologists and US Forest Service personnel in the capture and release of 15 mountain goats onto the La Sal Mountains southeast of Moab.

Big Game Management at 9,979 Feet

SFW DWR Cache High Country

The SFW Cache Team just returned from a high country ride to evaluate big game summer range conditions in remote parts of the Cache National Forest. SFW rode with Utah Division of Wildlife (DWR) big game personnel to an elevation of 9,979 feet to get a first-hand, up close look at range conditions.

SFW Secures Water Resources for East Paunsaugunt Mule Deer

Pauns Water Project Cap Construction

Mule deer on the Eastern Paunsaugunt will have more water, cleaner water, and a safer, more secure resource to drink from because of a recent $34,000 commitment from SFW. “SFW has committed this money to fund the completion of two winter watering tanks that will prevent mule deer drownings and provide consistent and cleaner water resources for wintering mule deer,” according to Rusty Aiken, SFW’s Iron County Chapter Chairman. “This important project will cap two existing water storage tanks where wildlife have been drowning for many years.” The project is being managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and…

Bighorns Back on Goslin Mountain

Rocky Rams

Dutch John, Utah – SFW is putting bighorn sheep back on Goslin Mountain. A small herd of 23 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep were released at Dripping Springs near Little Hole on the Green River. The herd includes 13 ewes, five lambs and five rams. SFW volunteers worked with Utah Division of Wildlife (DWR) biologists and others to capture the bighorns in Desolation Canyon near Green River, Utah. The sheep were then moved to begin a new herd on Goslin Mountain. Dripping Springs is at the base of Goslin Mountain, between Dutch John and Little Hole in northeastern Utah. “SFW is…

DWR Names SFW-Uintah Basin Chapter “Partner Organization of the Year”

Josh Horrocks SFW Award

The Uintah Basin chapter of SFW has been an exceptional partner, going above and beyond to recruit and retain hunters, generate good will among sportsmen, and generously raise money for conservation and their worthy causes.

SFW Puts $228,164 On the Ground on the San Juan

Tractor Team Planting Beef Basin

SFW is working to reverse a downward trend in mule deer numbers on Utah’s San Juan unit. More than just volunteers who worked at a recent habitat restoration project, SFW has provided 97% of the funding that will ensure success of the critical Beef Basin/Dark Canyon Habitat Restoration Project. In total, SFW provided more than $228,164 to the important project. The Beef Basin/Dark Canyon project has been deemed “critical for mule deer winter survival” by big game and habitat biologists and by SFW members who know the habits and condition of the wildlife on this unit.

SFW Plants Bitterbrush on Parowan Front

Parawon Front Bitterbrush Donnie Hunter with Volunteer

Mule deer wintering habitat on Southern Utah’s Parowan Front north of Cedar City is in need of improvement. True to its mission, SFW was the group to step up and make that happen. SFW provided the money and the volunteers to make the project happen. Iron County Chapter volunteer and long-time SFW supporter Donnie Hunter led a group of volunteers and Division of Wildlife employees in a seeding operation designed to grow more bitterbrush, one of mule deer’s favorite forage plants especially during the harsh winter months. Recent rains since completion of the early May habitat improvement project have encouraged…

SFW fills position on Utah’s Statewide Mule Deer Committee

SFW Muley Buck with Doe

The Utah Division of Wildlife (DWR) has asked SFW to fill a seat on the Utah Statewide Mule Deer Planning Committee. The committee, which held its first meeting in late April, has the responsibility to evaluate Utah’s ongoing mule deer management plans and explore strategies for improving Utah’s mule deer populations. SFW President Byron Bateman and SFW chapter leaders from regions throughout the state will meet regularly through September 2014 when the committee’s recommendations will be incorporated into the DWR’s 5-year Mule Deer Management Plan (2015–2019). “Increasing the number of mule deer in areas that can support it, and targeting…

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