About Idaho Wild Sheep
30th Annual Bighorn Sheep Banquet Fundraiser
The Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation (IWSF) is a volunteer organization of sportsmen and bighorn conservation minded individuals who work to protect and enhance the bighorn resources of Idaho. Why the need to address this issue? During the settlement of Idaho by European man, bighorn were the dominant big game species (far larger numbers than elk of deer in Idaho) with estimates of 50,000+ bighorn. Due to a variety of reasons including overhunting, habitat competition from domestic animals and disease transmission from domestic sheep/goats to bighorn, bighorn numbers have been on a steady decline during the past century. Recently, both Rocky Mountain and California bighorn species have decreased over 50% in the last 20 years to approximately 3,000 total bighorn statewide; due primarily to the disease transmission issue (see bighorn disease link). Without the strong voice and support of sportsmen, this trend will continue!
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We need your help - Come support our 2015 Fund Raising Banquet
Carved Moose Horn Raffle
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Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation Rifle Raffle!
You can be the owner of the fifth of six custom-built commemorative Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation Rifles.
Edd Woslum of Evolution USA, donated a very similar to the National Wild Sheep Show for “Wounded Warriors” this past January. The rifle garnered $14,000 by one individual, returned it to the auction as a challenge and was resold for another $14,000. This type of quality rifle is highlighted as our 2015 Commemorative Rifle Raffle. The 2014 Commemorative Rifle was donated back by Mr. Pat Sewall of Boise and will be in the 2015 live auction. There are two opportunities to win a quality Evolution USA rifle: one through raffle or bid through auction.
This is a sampling of what will comprise a live auction of 30 items, a silent auction, a general raffle and special games. Rifles, shotguns, a gun safe, trips, art work, more hunts, hunting gear, custom fly rod, optics, auction of the 2014 Evolution USA custom rifle(returned for auction) and games/raffles. We have a special speaker, Greg Stube, and an evening of fun among other wild sheep advocates. Please come join us for an action-packed evening and support Idaho’s bighorn sheep!
2014 Commemorative Custom Rifle,
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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