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Greg Sheehan Becomes Acting Director of US Fish & Wildlife Service

Greg Sheehan, the Director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, has been appointed as the Acting Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and will become a Deputy Director to the Senate-confirmed Director to be named later. This announcement was made by the Department of Interior. “This is very exciting news for every sportsmen in America,” said SFW Founder Don Peay. “The USFWS can play a substantial role in the conservation of land, water and wildlife.” Mr. Sheehan brings 25 years of wildlife management experience as well as exceptional leadership and managerial skills to the Department. He was…


SFW Draws Justin Bergeman as 2017 Heaton Ranch Deer Hunt Winner

SFW’s final banquet fundraiser of the 2017 season was held in Kamas, Utah last Saturday night. The highlight of the evening was when Justin Bergeman’s name was drawn from among 17 names. Those 17 included one winner from each of SFW’s other banquet events held between mid-January and late May. Justin was the winner from the SFW San Juan/Blanding Chapter banquet. We congratulate Justin on the spectacular mule deer hunt he will experience this fall on one of the top mule deer units in the world. 200-inch+ trophies are common on the Heaton Ranch. (Above is Lynn Shakespear, SFW’s 2016…


U.S. Secretary Ryan Zinke Visits Utah Monuments

By Presidential Executive Order, requested by the Utah Legislature and secured by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is now in Utah for four days to tour the Grand Staircase and Bears Ears Monuments. Sunday night, Sec. Zinke held a 30-minute private meeting with SFW Founder Don Peay to learn of the significant wildlife conservation efforts, status of wildlife populations, and hunting opportunities found in this incredible 3.2 million acres of land. Sec. Zinke is himself an avid hunter from Montana. Twenty-five years ago, these areas were nearly void of all wildlife, and the two deer units…


President Trump Signs National Monuments Review Order

President Trump signed an Antiquities Act Executive Order this morning demanding a review of national monuments. Today during a White House press conference, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as “national monuments”. This action could restore multiple use protections on millions of acres of lands in Utah and other states, including the Grand Staircase and Bears Ears national monuments of southern Utah. President Trump made it clear that the power was coming back to the local people and communities. Secretary Zinke, who…


UPDATE: Bountiful Urban Deer Translocation

The Bountiful Urban Deer Translocation Project is headed by Channing Howard, Urban Wildlife Biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. SFW is proud to have been the organization that proposed and initiated this pioneering project that is proving that translocating mule deer can be viable and indeed is successful. Many thanks to the SFW Beaver Utah Chapter for their foresight and initiative. SFW proudly stands at the DWR’s side and with its partner wildlife conservation organizations and higher education institutions as mule deer translocation research continues breaking new ground in wildlife management. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Project background/goals: Mule deer…


Day One: Interior Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands

Orders Strengthen America’s Outdoor Heritage & Restore Opportunities for Sportsmen and Anglers. WASHINGTON – On his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (pronounced ZINK-ee) issued two secretarial orders, which expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America’s public lands. The action was hailed by representatives from sportsmen, conservation, and recreation organizations. “Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy. Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the…


2017 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo Continues To Break Records

Salt Lake City, Utah: After four days of a busy show floor and successful evening auctions, the 2017 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo (WHCE) closed its doors Sunday afternoon Feb. 19, 2017. The show, hosted by Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and the Mule Deer Foundation and sponsored by Ammo & More and ACI, has become the biggest consumer sport show designed for the western big game hunter. Now in its 11th year, the WHCE has continued to exceed expectations with 46,000 attendees walking the exhibit halls and raising over $6 million for wildlife conservation efforts. “Once again the Western…


SFW States Position on Public Lands

Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) issued the following position regarding public lands: Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) is opposed to the sale of any public land. SFW believes there is room for improved correlation and joint efforts between state and federal agencies in the management of public land but that the sale of these public lands is not in the best interests of wildlife, sportsmen or local communities. SFW believes that the public lands of the Western U.S. are the lifeblood of our way of life, and that public access and the multiple use of these lands must…


SFW Volunteers Get Out for Northern Utah Mule Deer

On the Ground It was barely 10 degrees on an early Friday morning in January when SFW answered the call from Utah Division of Wildlife biologists and DWR Director Greg Sheehan to help feed mule deer in northern Utah. That’s because Winter 2016-17 has already dished out some of the harshest conditions in nearly 10 years – and mule deer in the northern reaches of the state are facing the brunt of it. “DWR biologists have been monitoring deer and winter range conditions across Utah closely this winter,” Director Sheehan said. “Weather in the Bear Lake Valley is an anomaly…


Words on Wildlife

2016 was a banner year for big Mule deer in the state of Utah; several large bucks were taken on general units that will rival any buck taken on Utah’s world-renowned Paunsaugunt and Henry Mountains. Not only were there big bucks taken, but also as a whole hunters reported seeing more bucks and more deer in general. What’s been the difference? How did it happen? I don’t believe you can point to any one thing and say, “This is the only reason.” Honestly, the star’s had to align to produce what we hunters saw this year, and they did. No…

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