The mission of Idaho Wild Sheep is to enhance wild sheep populations in Idaho, and with partners in adjacent states, for public enjoyment, education, and fair chase hunting; to promote professional wildlife management, and protect sportsmen's rights.
The Idaho Wild Sheep was founded in 1982 by two dozen concerned sportsmen who wanted to “put more bighorns on Idaho’s mountains”. From that core group, many of which are still very active on our board and committees, we have grown to a thriving organization with over 400 committed members.
32nd Annual Bighorn Sheep Fundraiser
Saturday April 1, 2017
Event to be held in downtown at the Boise Centre. Doors open at 4:00 pm.
Plans for the 32nd annual Idaho wild sheep Foundation fundraiser are under way. The new location will afford more room for members, displays, ample motels/hotels and parking. Quality raffle, special raffle, silent auction and live auction items are going to be available to peak your interest and involvement. Included are guns, optics, trail cameras, wall tent, art work, sporting goods, trips to Mexico and Hawaii and many more items.
A quality dinner will be served in a room with 400 other bighorn advocates who share the common interest of healthy expanding bighorn populations in Idaho. The guest speaker will be Dan Adler from Diamond Outfitters in Arizona.
The 2016 banquet, held on February 17th at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, was attended by nearly 400 supporters. The event was our best relative to fund raising and support to date and edged out the 2015 banquet success. Please see the newsletter link for February 2016 to gather more information regarding the banquet and other issues pertinent to Idaho and activities. The chapter is engaged in a number of issues and we encourage you to review the newsletter.
We are bulging at the walls for our supporters and those wishing to display taxidermy or other items, resulting in limited ticket sales. To rectify the limited space, our 2017 event will be held in downtown at the Boise Centre. We will have more than enough room to accommodate our needs, ample hotels within walking distance and parking. The event is scheduled for April 1, 2017 and more details will be posted on this site as well as our Facebook site. As hunts and trips are secured, we will be posting them on our home page. Idaho WSF is working on a special raffle for a combined sheep and caribou hunt in the Yukon. That hunt and others, including a life member draw, will be posted as soon as the information is confirmed. Some of the key items include:
Special Raffle: 2017 - 12 day Fannin Sheep Hunt
12 day Fannin Sheep Hunt with Midnight Sun Outfitters in Yukon, Canada. Hunt dates are August 10—August 21, 2017. Includes Fannin/Dall/Stone sheep—whichever color phase is encountered plus mountain caribou and wolverine/wolves. Winner can add more days for $1,000 per day if desired and grizzly bear are a $7,500 trophy fee. Winner responsible for air charter, tags, permits and gratuities. Need not be present to win. Drawing will be held at the Idaho WSF Banquet, April 1, 2017. Donated by The Young Family. This hunt can be transferred or sold from winner, with approval of Idaho WSF BOD. Only 500 tickets will be sold! Tickets are $100 each or 6 for $500.
Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation thanks the Young Family for their support in helping to make hunts available to our members for the last two years.
Tickets for this special raffle item will be only sold at the Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation Banquet on April 1st, 2017.
Coke Wallace, Midnight Sun Safaris, has for the second year donated a Dall Sheep hunt to help Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation in our efforts to conserve wild sheep. See midnightsunsafaris.com for more information. The hunt this year will be available to only those members in attendance at the 2017 banquet. 200 tickets will be sold at $100.00 with the drawing at the event. In addition, Kryptek outdoor wear is partnering with Coke to donate $3,000 worth of gear. All the more reason to plan on attending this event. We want to thank Coke Wallace for his huge support and Butch Whiting and Josh Cleghorn from Kryptek for their support over the past four years. These donor have made a huge difference in the success of our event and wild sheep conservation efforts on the ground.
The Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation is involved in a number of activities, programs and issues dealing with bighorn sheep in the state of Idaho. The money raised during our banquet is used for operations, addressing pertinent bighorn conservation issues working on special projects, fighting political threats and keeping you our supporters informed and engaged. The links in the left margin of our home page highlights a few of the issues and programs IWSF has been involved with recently.
Funding, Sponsors and Donors
Funding for the Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation
Like any other non-profit 501-3-C organization, IWSF relies on revenues either raised at annual fund raising events and/or donations from individual sponsors or donors. That is the sum extent of monies the IWSF has to operate on annually; we do not have endowments or benefactors that augment or supplement our annual fund raising event.
Whether you are a sportsman, hunter or a wildlife advocate that believes strongly the bighorn resource of Idaho should be a sustained, preserved and increased for future generations, we need your support. At the close of every year, non-profit organizations, such as IWSF ask for donations which may help provide a business or individual relief to taxable income. If you are invested in Idaho and our wildlife resources, please consider a donation or include IWSF in your estate planning. Your gifts will truly be a reinvestment in a species that has occupied the mountains and canyon lands of Idaho for over 18,000 years. Bighorn sheep are survivors as evidenced by the fact animals like the Wooly Mammoths disappear from our landscape over 10,000 years ago. They survived very well until European man appeared with their associated impacts. This resource is in trouble and needs our help. Please contact our office if you have questions or would like help.
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