Bozeman, MT — The Wild Sheep Foundation’s total immersion virtual hunting and conservation expo, Sheep Week®, The Experience, went live Monday to rave reviews.
The Foundation’s annual convention was re-invented to a virtual platform because of large gathering health restrictions.
“We’re not sure what we’re thankful for the most, and quite frankly, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Gray N. Thornton, president and CEO of the Wild Sheep Foundation. “This is all new for everyone, our staff, exhibitors, members, the new members that have joined, and our conservation partners. To say we are blown away by the buy-in, participation, and the type of comments and conversations going on in our chat rooms is an understatement.”
The Sheep Week® platform features five virtual exhibit halls with nearly 200 v-booths where you can shop for hunting trips from across the globe and the latest in gear, art, and hunter services. There are two auditoriums to access live and pre-recorded expert seminars, films, and videos, plus the Bighorn Lounge for real-time group and private chats.
“This is crazy, but only an hour or so after the platform went live yesterday, we had 200 people find each other in the lounge and text chatting,” Thornton commented. We always knew what makes our normal in-person conventions so special is the sheep family atmosphere and being in a place where everyone had something in common. Can’t get together in-person? We’re mountain game hunters. We’ll find a way!”
As one exhibitor commented, “With us up, running and on go, I wanted to send you a big “well done!” Sheep Week may look different this year, but we have a tremendous amount of respect for the leadership efforts and willingness to think outside the box. Thank you for working hard for the benefit of outfitter, hunter, and of course, all things sheep awareness.” – High West Outfitters
The online event will take place on January 11 – 16, 2021, with the platform fully functional for another month until February 16.
To register, and for a chance to win either a Mexico desert bighorn sheep hunt, a Yukon Stone’s sheep hunt, or a Gunwerks ClymR 6.5 PRC visit www.sheepweek.org.
The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF), based in Bozeman, Mont., was founded in 1977 by wild sheep conservationists and enthusiasts. With a membership of more than 8,500 worldwide, WSF is the premier advocate for wild sheep and other mountain wildlife and their habitats. WSF has raised and expended more than $135 million on wild sheep habitat and population enhancements, education, and conservation advocacy programs in North America, Europe, and Asia to “Put and Keep Wild Sheep On the Mountain”®. These and other efforts have increased bighorn sheep populations in North America from historic lows in the 1950-60s of 25,000 to more than 85,000 today. www.wildsheepfoundation.org.
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