About Idaho Wild Sheep

The Mission

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.

 

History

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. 

Media Release

Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation
For Immediate Release
July 27, 2016
For More Information Contact Teri Ottens
208-345-6171
208-869-6832

24th Annual Big Horn Sheep Lottery Tag Drawn

The Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation held the 24th Annual Big Horn Sheep tag lottery drawing today at the Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, and there is a happy winner of a hunt of a lifetime – Matt Hansen of Idaho Falls, ID.   Two alternates were also drawn in case Mr. Hansen is unable to make the hunt.   The winning ticket this year was drawn by Dr. Bob DiGrazia, a charter member of the Foundation for the past 35 years.  Dr. DiGrazia has been instrumental in the success of the foundation and was primarily responsible for partnering with the Idaho Fish and Game Department to auction off a big horn sheep tag through a lottery to raise over $1.5 million dollars for wild sheep in Idaho.

The Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation has been hosting this lottery since 1992 with the proceeds going back to the IDFG to go towards Big Horn sheep research and habitat development.  This year the lottery raised $73,413  that will be spent towards the benefit and enhancement of Big Horn sheep in Idaho. 
The Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation is a non-profit organization formed 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 the board and committees, the organization has grown to a thriving group with over 300 committed members. 
For more information please contact the Idaho WSF office at 208-345-6171. 
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2016 Banquet a Huge Success

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 (within a month?).

Moose Horn Carving Raffle
By Fred Waymire

Tickets are on for $10 or six for $50

Drawing will be held at the banquet in April, 2017 - Proceeds go to benefit the Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation.

More Information (PDF)

 

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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