Wyoming Wild Sheep News





Whiskey Basin Iniative Meeting Held in Dubois

The passion for the Whiskey Basin bighorns was evident the evening of February 11, in Dubois. Over 50 folks attended the first meeting of the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Herd public collaborative process. The focus of the first meeting was to pin down what the public felt were the prevailing issues associated with the declining herd. The broader issue categories were habitat, disease, nutrition, predators and genetics. The next meeting will be March 14, 2019, 6-9:00 p.m. at the Headwaters Center. This meeting will focus on the science behind the herd’s management issues. It will include the thoughts from a panel of bighorn sheep specialists from around the nation. The WY-WSF is providing the majority of the funding for this public collaborative process.
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For more info click to call:
Steve Kilpatrick – 307-413-7249
Daryl Lutz – 307-332-2688
Sara Domek – 307-455-3429








A Bighorn Sheep Ewe from the Laramie Peak Herd Unit Coming in for Processing.
Photo by Chris Martin G&F





The 2019 SE WY Bighorn Sheep Capture Project is Underway

From January 20-22, 2019 the WGFD, with the help of Native Range Capture Services Inc., captured 34 female bighorn sheep and collared 30 of those ewes with GPS Satellite Radio Collars. A total of 8 ewes came from the Encampment River Herd Unit, 10 from the Douglas Creek Herd Unit and 16 from the Laramie Peak Herd Unit. This was part of the state-wide disease surveillance project looking at pneumonia pathogens in all of Wyoming’s Bighorn sheep herd units. Six locations per day will be collected from the collar's GPS for approximately 3 years to help identify lambing areas, seasonal movement patterns, and crucial winter range. This project could not have been possible without the help of WY Wild Sheep Foundation and the Governor’s Big Game License Coalition. Their funding and support was instrumental in pulling this project off.







Sam Lockwood with Veterinary Services About to Swab the Tonsils of Bighorn Ewe.
Photo by Chris Martin G&F.








Encampment kids assist with Bighorn sheep capture and sampling

Jordan Seitz is an amazing Encampment teacher. His classes assist the Wyoming Game and Fish Department with the capture and sampling of bighorns. Bighorns are slung by helicopter to processing sites where students help take blood, nasal, tonsil and fecal samples for disease surveillance. In addition, GPS radio collars are deployed, all to better understand the health, disease dynamics and general ecology of the Encampment River herd. Funding is from the Bighorn Sheep Committee of the Wyoming Governors Big Game License Coalition, which has funded over $2.5M worth of bighorn projects since 2003. Be sure to thank our new Governor Gordon for continuing this project and enabling WY-WSF to “put and keep KIDS and SHEEP on the mountain”. Listen to the radio cast……wish I was a kid again!


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Respiratory Pathogen transmission between Domestic and Wild Sheep

“This is well done documentary on the quandary of respiratory pathogen transmission between domestic and wild sheep. Lethal respiratory pathogens, acquired from domestic sheep and goats, are considered by expert wild sheep managers, veterinarians and pathologist to be the paramount reason behind the low levels in wild sheep numbers across the West. We now have less than 100,000 bighorns in the West, when we once had 1.5-2.0 million. We need more of the cooperation and concern illustrated across wildlife and agriculture lines to solve the this one. Let’s work together.”


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A recent article from the SD GFP's SD Conservation Digest Magazine 2018 Winter issue that discusses the bighorn sheep shedder study in Custer State Park that showed good success.

Back in November of 2015, WY-WSF was asked to help fund this study. Without your Chapter's funding, SCI's Greater Dacotah Chapter, and South Dakota's bighorn sheep auction tag funds, this project would not have happened. I know how tough it was to get Montana and Wyoming WSF Chapters to send your local funds raised to a South Dakota project, since it is the Midwest Chapter's area. Thank you to all of the organizations, their members, and SD GFP for their hard work! Also here is a recent news clip video from 1/16/19, showing SD GFP moving to the Rapid City herd to complete the shedder study a second time.


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Bighorn sheep on Utah's Antelope Island dying from respiratory disease

SALT LAKE CITY — When pioneer settlers first arrived in Utah, a herd of bighorn sheep lived on Antelope Island but disappeared over time.
Then in 1997, the Division of Wildlife Resources, along with Utah State Parks, reintroduced 29 bighorn sheep to the island to create what the division calls a nursery herd, to help start new populations throughout the state and bolster existing ones, said DWR spokesman Mark Hadley.

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Sportsman's Legislative Reception

Call Dwayne Meadows for further details 307-760-6802.


LET YOUR STATE LAW MAKERS KNOW WILDLIFE MATTERS. Every year the sportsmen/women groups host a reception for Wyoming’s Legislators. The event is very casual with free drinks and food. This is a great opportunity casual in-person visits with those folks that make laws governing the future of your wildlife. Our new Governor Gordon and leaders of the House and Senate will probably give short presentations. If you can’t attend, pass this along to a friend











2019 Governor's License Auction Details Announced

Call Steve Kilpatrick for further details 307-413-7249.
Since the creation of the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition (WGBGLC) under Governor Freudenthal in 2003, over $2M has be raised for bighorns in Wyoming.
Governor Gordon has committed to continuing this program. THANK YOU, Governor Gordon. The sellers keep 10% of the sale and the remainder is returned to Wyoming for BHS projects.
Bighorn management is costly. Annual Wyoming BHS management costs are about $2.2M, and license sales bring in only about $180K. So, generating about a half million dollars through the sale of these 5 licenses is a huge help. The Bighorn Sheep Committee of the WGBGLC will allocate generated funds at their annual meeting in Casper, Wy on May 22, 2019.







Wild Sheep Foundation
Gray Thornton, 406-404-8751 gthornton@wildsheepfoundation.org
Kim Nieters, 406-404-8764 knieters@wildsheepfoundation.org
Kevin Hurley, 406-404-8753 khurley@wildsheepfoundation.org
Live Auction 02/09/2019, Reno NV. Advertised through Online Hunting Auctions and streamed live. Phone bids taken.

Eastern Chapter-Wild Sheep
Tina Everhart, (717) 588-4190
tina@ecwsf.org
Live Auction, 2/ 16/2019, Lancaster PA. Advertised through Online Hunting Auctions and streamed live. Phone bids taken.

Iowa Chapter Foundation of North American Wild Sheep
Craig Nakamoto, (402) 650-1383 nakamoto01@sbcglobal.net
Live Auction 2/23/2019, Sheraton West , Des Moines, Iowa. Phone bids may be arranged.

Wild Sheep Foundation Midwest Chapter
Nick Negrini, (763-238-6333)
nick.negrini@outlook.com
Patti Murry (507) 645-8811 patti.murry@gmail.com
Live Auction 3/16/2019, Minneapolis Marriot Southwest, Minneapolis MN. Advertised through Online Hunting Auctions and streamed live. Phone bids taken.

Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation
Daryl Lutz (307-262-9381, daryl.lutz@wyo.gov
Doug McWhirter, (307) 272-7186 doug.mcwhirter@wyo.gov
Steve Kilpatrick (307-413-7249) skilpatrick@wyomingwildsheep.org
Live Auction 6/1/2019, Casper WY. Advertised through Online Hunting Auctions and streamed live. Phone bids taken.











Whiskey Basin Bighorns Need Your Help

Call Steve Kilpatrick for further details at 307-413-7249 or Daryl Lutz at 307-332-2688 .


This bighorn herd was historically the largest in the lower 48. The herd just hasn’t responded to a variety management activities since the 1991 and continues to decline. This is your opportunity to engage and help bring it back. At one time there were an estimated 2,500 sheep in this population; today there are about 750. The reasons behind the continued decline of this iconic herd are complex, interrelated and not well understood. The WGFD has launched a special initiative for this herd and wants your help!
The WGFD, WY-WSF and the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center have partnered up the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute to initiate a public involvement process to explore management concerns, issues, and future management actions. Please read the attached “Situation Assessment” for further information.
Open public workshops will held February – June, 2019 in Dubois to explore and discuss management issues, concerns and opportunities to turn this herd around. We will keep you posted on meeting dates/times. Let’s help our wildlife managers turn this herd around. The bighorns need your help. Please plan on attending.

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Annual Winter Meeting hosts record crowds

Despite cold weather and slippery roads a record crowd turned out to visit our Temple Peak Herd and then to approve another $77,000 in grant in aid projects on behalf of Wyoming's Wild Sheep.


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PLEASE NOTE:Bighorn Sheep located on the Reservation are not open for viewing by non-tribal members without permission from the Wind River Inter-tribal Council.


WYOMING WORRIES OVER WHISKEY MOUNTAIN BIGHORN SHEEP

As bighorn sheep herds continue to falter across the West, states search for ways to prevent the massive die-offs. For Wyoming, that means focusing on the Whiskey Mountain herd—a bighorn sheep herd that has been struggling for decades.

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RESCHEDULED- Guzzlers to be installed on Elk Mountain near Newcastle

Hello All,
So the guzzler installation has been rescheduled for August 21st and 22nd, with the 21st being the media day. We will meet same time and same place as before. On August 21st, we will install a guzzler on the Wyoming side of Elk Mountain near the fire tower. This location has fairly easy access, with a decent gravel road going close to the project site. Most vehicles with decent clearance should have no problem getting to the project site. The USFS will also be conducting a media day during this day, so it would be a great opportunity to get the word out about your respective organizations and highlight the great conservation work you do. On August 22nd, we will be installing the last guzzler, which will be on the South Dakota side of Elk Mountain. This site is much more remote. Access is via a windy, rocky narrow road. Vehicles with four wheel drive, high clearance, and heavy duty off road tires will be needed to access the site. We welcome volunteers to help one or both days, whatever they prefer. If participating, volunteers will need to bring lunch, lots of water, work clothes, sunscreen, and gloves. The USFS will also require volunteers to sign volunteer paperwork before they can assist. If you have already submitted your volunteer form, thank you and you will not need to fill out a new form, if not, please get those to me ASAP. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Todd Caltrider at todd.caltrider@wyo.gov. Please let me know which days you plan on helping and provide me with an e-mail address so I can e-mail the USFS volunteer paperwork to you. Please RSVP by August 1st. We will be meeting at 8 AM at the Tepee Work Center, just across the state line into SD, about 20 miles east of Newcastle, WY. Attached is a link for Google Map directions from Newcastle.
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The destination address is not correct, but at the location where the map shows the destination, take a right on Tepee road, and that will take you right into the work center. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Todd Caltrider at: todd.caltrider@wyo.gov
Pease let me know which days you plan on helping and provide me with an e-mail address so I can e-mail the USFS volunteer paperwork to you. Please RSVP by June 1st. After the 1st, I will e-mail interested volunteers further information about logistics, meeting time and locations, etc.... Please send any questions to the e-mail address listed above.
Thanks and we hope to see you up there!
Todd Caltrider
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Terrestrial Habitat Biologist
110 W Tonk St.
Gillette, WY 82718
307-257-2206 Office
307-689-3327 Cell











2018 Ron Ball Award winner is Ryan Amundson

The man whom we all look up to for his unswerving dedication to Wyoming Wild Sheep was awarded the 2018 Ron Ball award at our June 2, 2018 banquet in Casper. Read more about him courtesy of daughter, Sierra.

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2018 Big Horn Sheep Licenses are drawn!

If you were unsuccesful, you still have a chance to hunt sheep in Wyoming in 2018. Buy a Super Tag or Super Tag Trifecta chance today. Buy a Super Tag Chance today!

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Eastern Chapter of Wild Sheep Foundation Adopts a Wyoming Bighorn Sheep Project

Given that the Wyoming and Eastern Chapters’ goals are basically the same, long-term conservation of wild sheep, it seemed only wise that we form some type of a partnership. This winter Wy-WSF approached ECWSF with the proposal that they “adopt” one of our “high maintenance” children – the Devil’s Canyon to Ferris Mountain wild sheep translocation project. It is high maintenance only in that it is costly, not that the bighorns are bad! The ECWSF, with a commitment to long-term wild sheep conservation at its core, quickly “adopted” the Devil’s Canyon to Ferris Mountain translocation project during their 2018 Convention in Lancaster PA. The Chapters collaborated to raise revenue for the newly “adopted” Wyoming wild sheep project. Merchandise related to Wyoming was incorporated in the ECWSF Convention including; WY-WSF hosting ECWSF membership participation in capture and release activities, WY-WSF hosted tourist trip to Jackson, Wy. to see bighorns and mountain goats, and the sale of a Wyoming Governor’s BH sheep tag (ECWSF keeps 10% of the sale price which they reinvest in the “adopted” project). The end result - a partnership where ECWSF has a tangible long-term project which is consistent with both chapter’s missions. ECWSF membership are encouraged to wonder West to view and assist with their “adopted” Devil’s Canyon to Ferris Mountains translocation project.

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Wind River Big Horn

Follow our efforts to restore big horns to the southern Wind River range by watching this video featuring our ED Steve Kilpatrick and Treasurer Joni Miller during our last joint capture/disease surveillance/collaring operation.



















Life Member and Conservation Fund Founder Gary Butler is elected to the Wyoming Outdoors Hall of Fame
The caliber and fabric of folks that have a passion for wildlife conservation in Wyoming, especially wild sheep, is simply astonishing. One way The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recognizes those that have made exemplary contributions to our wildlife is through the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is ….”to honor individuals living and posthumously, who have made significant contributions to the conservation of Wyoming’s outdoor heritage.” The list of inductees consists of renowned Wyoming conservationists.
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In 2015, we were thrilled to have Wy-WSF Past President and Life Member Jerry Galles, inducted into the Wy Outdoor Hall of Fame. This year we are equally elated to have Live Member Gary Butler, founder of our Conservation Fund, inducted. Gary grew up in northeast Wyoming then served in the Army, after which he acquired Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Wildlife and Range Management at UW. After some temporary work positions with the WGFD he landed at Whiskey Basin near Dubois, a bighorn sheep mecca. A passion for wild sheep was born, and it’s never stopped growing.

Gary and his family spent 13 years living with the Whiskey Basin sheep and then they moved to Cheyenne where he assumed the statewide supervisor position for Terrestrial Habitat. There he initiated and led a cadre of biologists engaged in implementing thousands of acres of habitat improvements. His habitat program was the envy of surrounding western states.

Gary is not only a student of the land and wildlife, he is a student of us, people. He has always been quick to learn our skill sets, philosophies and potentials. Then as a “quiet giant” coach, he builds Super Bowl winning teams to accomplish tasks and goals. He is always willing to try new ideas, give credit to others for success, and take all the heat if something fails.

Moreover, Gary is visionary - always an eye on the future. Thus, his establishment of the WY-WSF Conservation Fund, which will fund “putting and keeping KIDS and wild SHEEP on the mountain” forever.

To learn more about this extraordinary individual, we encourage you to read his full nomination letter at
Gary's Nomination .

Please donate to Gary’s ongoing conservation legacy by purchasing a raffle ticket for a Dall’s Sheep hunt in the NW Territories. All proceeds go to the Conservation Fund.
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Encampment Students Get Involved in Studying Wild Sheep

The Wyoming G&F captured 5 bighorn sheep ewes in the Encampment River herd unit on February 28th; as part of the statewide disease surveillance project. We are teaming this as an educational project for Mr. Jordan Seitz's 6th and 8th grade classes at the nearby Encampment School. We intend to involve the students in monitoring the collared ewes over the course of the next 2 years, getting them out in the field to assist with habitat monitoring and lamb surveys, and teaching them about bighorn sheep ecology in the classroom. Photo credits: Jordan Seitz

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BLM Cody, Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation and partners improve wildlife habitat in Devil’s Canyon By Sarah Beckwith, BLM Wind River/Bighorn Basin District public affairs specialist

The Bureau of Land Management Cody Field Office values its ongoing partnership with the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Big Horn County Weed and Pest and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to improve wildlife habitat in the Devil’s Canyon area east of Lovell. The group recently completed ten years of cheatgrass treatments for the benefit of bighorn sheep and other wildlife. Partnerships like this are an essential component of the BLM’s mission to practice shared conservation stewardship on public land.

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Where Public Lands Are in Limbo, Local Sportsmen Help Find a Path Forward by Nick Dobric

For decades, 500 Wilderness Study Areas in the West have awaited individual acts of Congress to resolve how they should be managed, and those closest to the land are finally helping to make the call—wilderness or something else?

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Life Members Rusty and Rosemary Gooch make land donation to aid the Conservation Fund


Rusty says:
“Some of the best times of my life have been spent sitting with a good pair of binoculars and glassing a high cirque for Big Horn Sheep. It doesn’t get much better than that in the Wind River Range - - - my back yard!
“My wife and I are WWSF life members. Donating land to WWSF is our way of being good stewards of the land and of wild sheep, in addition to saying “thank you for great times and memories.”
Wow! Passionate and charitable! Those are two of the many amazing qualities that make up the fabric within Rusty and Rosemary Gooch. They are certainly visionary when it comes to investing in the future of “putting and keeping kids and sheep on the mountain”. We are more than humbled by their gracious real estate gift to the WY-WSF Conservation Fund. Their supplement to the Conservation Fund corpus will generate additional interest revenue, which will assist in funding dozens of projects in perpetuity. They invested in the future and generations of kids and sheep to come thank them. Moreover, they have inspired us to explore innovative ways to “give back”. We thank you, Rusty and Rosemary!! Please share their gifted and picturesque property listing below with friends and relatives. Better yet, you purchase it and we will all come visit!




112 Red Mountain Court Patagonia, AZ 85624

Located in scenic Patagonia, Arizona, a four season mountain area of southeast Arizona. Home to Coues Deer, Javelina, Quail and Dove, the area is a sportsman’s paradise in the late fall and early winter months. Public lands are numerous and very close to this parcel. The four acre parcel is in a gated community of site built homes called “ The Mesa”. Water, power and septic in place. The Mesa is always in demand because of its unique combination of rural privacy & desirable proximity to historic Patagonia with all its charms & conveniences~ an easy walk down the hill! Known for its serene, grassy & wooded hillside habitat in the foothills of Red Mountain, rich wildlife & bird populations & good neighbors will enhance your daily experience. All roads are paved & maintained by the HOA; handsome homes populate The Mesa & smart Deed Restrictions preserve & protect property values. From the home site you'll experience breathtaking views of the Santa Rita's, Patagonia's & Canelo Hills as well as dazzling sunrises, sunsets & dark evening skies for ultimate star gazing. Coronado National Forest access is very close for endless adventuring, hiking & birding. $75,000.

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1968 - Rusty starting out on his very first sheep hunt in Porcupine Creek in the Wind River Mountains.








Grant in Aid assists in transplanting more Bighorns to the Ferris Mtns

The Wyoming G&F department recently captured 20 Bighorns from the Devil's Canyon herd and transplanted them to the Ferris Mountains in central Wyoming. There they joined the 100+ of their relatives who have been moved there over the past few years. WY-WSF has been instrumental in funding these transplants as well as the 5 guzzlers that were erected there in 2017 to ensure sufficient water is available to the new herd. Another transplant of around 20 more Bighorns is planned for Feb 2018.



















Hunting of Bighorn Sheep ewes could produce more trophy rams

UW Assistant Professor Kevin Monteith, right, and graduate student Tayler LaSharr release a bighorn sheep ram on Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation last March. The two are among authors of a new paper that concludes that hunting of female bighorn sheep may well be one of the most effective ways to increase the number of trophy rams in North American bighorn sheep populations. (Kevin Monteith Photo)

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Pneumonia in Jackson Hole herd?

A couple of coughing lambs were seen by tour groups near Miller Butte in early December. Managers have not been able to relocate the lambs, nor have they seen additional coughing sheep within the herd (approximately 100) on Miller Butte, within the National Elk Refuge. Hopefully we dodged a bullet!!

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2017 Ron Ball award winner Freddie Goetz makes annual pilgrimage to study NW Wyoming wild sheep

Ron Ball winner, Freddie Goetz, has been making an annual pilgrimage to NW Wyoming to study our wild sheep during their mating season for many years. He has taken thousands of still photos, hundreds of videos and kept detailed notes of how many wild sheep he observed each day. Watch for an article by Freddie in the Spring RamPage.

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Wyoming Governor's Big Game License Coalition Announces 2018 Wild Sheep Tag Auction Dates

























Date Selling Entity Contact(s) Selling Location Additional Info
20-Jan-2018 Wild Sheep Foundation Reno, NV Phone bids may be arranged. Internet auction will be streamed live.
17-Feb-2018 Eastern Chapter - Wild Sheep Lancaster, PA Phone bids may be arranged. Internet auction will be streamed live.
10-Mar-2018 Iowa Chapter Foundation of North American Wild Sheep Des Moines, IA Phone bids may be arranged.
16-Mar-2018 to 17-Mar-2018 Wild Sheep Foundation Midwest Chapter Minneapolis MN Phone bids may be arranged. Internet auction will be streamed live.
02-Jun-2018 Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation Casper, WY Phone bids may be arranged.



90% of the auction proceeds come back to Wyoming for wild sheep related projects

2016
Wild Sheep Foundation Reno - $70,000
Eastern Chapter – $72,000
Iowa FNAWS – $72,000
Midwest Chapter - $72,500
Wyoming Chapter - $75,000

2017
Wild Sheep Foundation Reno - $92,500
Eastern Chapter – $76,000
Iowa FNAWS – $70,000
Midwest Chapter - $69,000
Wyoming Chapter - $95,000

Northeast Idaho Sheep Grazing Stopped to Protect Wild Bighorns

Conservation groups win injunction in Sheep Experiment Station grazing lawsuit BOISE, Ida. – A federal court in Idaho blocked domestic sheep grazing in bighorn habitat on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest yesterday, ruling that the risk to the South Beaverhead Mountains bighorn sheep population from deadly disease outweighs any possible benefit to the government-run grazing operation.

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Remote Sensing Camera equipment sends photos to WY-WSF website

All, The Rawlins BLM staff had the opportunity to finally mount and install a camera trap on the recently constructed Ferris Mountain - Miners Creek wildlife guzzler on Friday (9/9/17). This camera trap is set up to forward any triggered pictures to an email address (the camera only allows for pictures to be sent to two email addresses) via a Verizon cell phone data plan; so we do not have to frequently re-visit the project site to recover photo data. We have another camera trap to install on the Sand Creek guzzler site, but I'm not sure when that installation will occur. We plan to operate the cameras from spring through fall and remove the cameras and their hardware in the fall (November) of each year. The camera set ups purchased are produced by Reconyx and and each kit cost around $1,650.00. Each kit contains a Camera (PC-900C), solar power unit, security box, and a high gain directional antenna. We custom fabricated a mounting pole for all the hardware and also installed a small cattle panel exclosure around the camera mount. When we arrived at the Miners Creek guzzler location we documented both mule deer and bighorn sheep near the guzzler location and the guzzler tank showed signs of utilization by elk and mule deer; the tank was half full of water (400 gallons). Over the course of the first weekend the camera trap captured pictures of both elk and mule deer utilizing the guzzler. I just wanted to share with folks these first few photos documenting the positive impacts these projects are already having on wildlife in the Ferris Mountain area. I placed a small sign on the camera trap documenting the purpose of the wildlife guzzler and thanking all our project funding supporters which included - Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation, Bow Hunters Of Wyoming, Water For Wildlife, Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation, Wyoming Governs Big Game License Coalition - Wyoming Wildlife Foundation, and the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust. Thank you again for all your support, and I'll continue to share photos from the camera trap. I'm looking forward to our first bighorn sheep photos utilizing this development!

Thanks again,

Mike Murry, Rawlins BLM



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Convention 2017, One for the Record Books

Our 2017 annual convention and fund raiser at the Ramkota in Casper was remarkably fun and successful. We can’t thank you enough for you energy and support for “putting and keeping KIDS and SHEEP on the mountain”. Friday Night Social - More folks attended the social than ever before. Live background music by Sara Domek (Natl. BHS Center) and Erica Flom (Water for Wildlife) provided an enjoyable atmosphere for socialization. Sorry we ran a little short on food. We will order more for next year! A revolving slide show of sheep, members and their youth “on the mountain” also received praise. Keep those photos coming! Complimentary Life Member Breakfast - A record 118 folks showed up to our 16th LM breakfast. Your passion for wild sheep is evident when 519 of our 750 members are Life Members! Simply amazing. One of highlights was LMs contributing $3,800 to the WY-WSF Conservation Fund, which is being used to fund wild sheep projects into the future. Membership Meeting - Attendance to the membership meeting was also excellent. Membership was brought up to speed on numerous topics and approved funding for 11 Grant in Aid projects totaling $97,200. In addition, leadership changed hands with Kurt Eisenach being approved as the new President and Zach McDermott as the new Vice- President. New Board members are Adam Johnson, John Harris and Warren Youmans. Ladies Sip and Paint - This activity was hit with 37 gals producing their own paintings while sipping on whine. They did have an instructor to help keep the wild bunch in order and provide basic painting tips. It was a good thing that the floor was covered with plastic! Youth Activities - We believe in putting and keeping kids on the mountain as well as sheep. So we incorporated youth activities by recruiting Sara Domek, Karen Sullivan and crew from the Dubois Sheep Center along with Dr. Ryan Brock from WSF. They engaged a “herd” of youth in BH sheep ecology, archery and other activities throughout the afternoon. Seminars - A full suite of seminar topics including transplants, habitat enhancements, sheep hunting, national Wild Sheep Foundation update and statewide BH sheep updates were presented. WGFD Director Scott Talbot also provided a general Department update. Approximately 125 folks attended and asked questions. Banquet - There were numerous highlights during the Banquet! • Ron Ball Award - our most prestigious award - presented to a most deserving Freddie Goetz • Youth - approximately 50 youth were front-and-center for awards including 2 life memberships donated by the Conservation Fund, 2 custom log chairs, a youth cow elk hunt along with several other prizes and awards. Kids are the future! • Attendees were asked to donate to the Conservation Fund. They generously donated $13,700!! • Wounded Marine Veterans Kirstie Ennis and Brian Meyer made short presentations and provided a short and inspiring video of Kirstie’s life and determination to excel. WY-WSF and Hunting With Heroes will be sponsoring Kirstie on a Wyoming sheep hunt in 2018, thanks to a donation sheep tag from Keith Neustel (LM#98) and outfitting services by Trails West and Grizzly Outfitters. • Kirstie Ennis announced the recipient of the 2017 wounded veteran BH sheep donated tag, Sara Harris, of Casper. Gap Pucci, of Jackson, donated his BH sheep tag for hunt area 7. • Life Member Mtn Goat Hunt - Pat Pace of Cheyenne will be going to BC and pursue a mtn goat with Wicked River Outfitters, who full donated the hunt for our LM incentive. Auction -Many fine items were gifted and underwritten for our live and silent auctions and folks were quite willing and generous in sporting Wyoming’s wild sheep. Some highlights include: • Two Wy WGFD Commissioner licenses bringing $13,000 to $14,000 each. • The Wy Governor’s BH sheep tag brought $95,000!!! In summary, you have expressed your passion and generosity by generating a net of approximately $180,000 to put and keep KIDS and SHEEP on Wyoming’s mountains. WE THANK YOU!!

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Rampage Newsletter

Stay up to date with WY-WSF by reading our semi annual newsletter, the Rampage.