WY-WSF President's Message

It’s hard to believe that spring is hopefully just a few weeks away. The snow continues to fall, and the temps are not very spring like. The wildlife in the state is coping in their own unique way’s. Meanwhile your board has been busy taking care of business. The winter meeting in Jackson was well attended and a fun event. Check out the web site for info on the GIA’S we approved and pictures of the event. Several of us attended the Sheep show in Reno and kicked off our 2018 fundraising there. Our booth was busy and our advertising at the show is paying off. Sales of the Dall sheep hunt and commissioner’s license tickets are steady and coming in from all over the country. Please encourage your friends and hunting buddies to join the effort and purchase several of these. If you spend some time online posting to outdoor related web sites, please mention our raffles and where others might participate. Include a link to our website for them to check us out. The sheep hunt raffle funds are directed at our Conservation fund and when they sell out we will see that fund pushed well over $200,00. That brings me to the incredible donation from Rusty and Rosemary Gooch of a parcel of land in Patagonia AZ. The sale of this parcel will help push the fund to well over our stated 10-year goal of $250,000 in just 3 years. Anyone looking for a winter home location to escape the subzero WY winters? We are also honored to share in the induction of another of our life members into the WY Outdoor hall of fame. On March 15 Gary Butler will be so honored. It will be an honor to be on hand to celebrate this with him and his family. Join us in Cody for this event and celebration. When you see these two incredibly generous members in Casper this June give them a hardy and well-deserved thank you. Plans for this summers banquet in Casper are well underway. We are looking at a great lineup of hunts and trips to auction. Moose, Mt. goat, Deer, brown bear and pheasant hunts along with trips to Mexico and the Bahama’s are on the list. Again, we will have a governor’s WY sheep license and a commissioner’s license to auction. The kids are going to have opportunities to enjoy challenging games and items directed at them. Please make this a family event and bring the kids. The silent and general raffles will again be interesting and extensive. Our partnership with Hunting with Hero’s is continuing with more exciting partnerships for wounded veterans. The year has been busy with many projects completed and new ones started. Transplants, guzzlers and habit improvements lead the list. All of this takes time and effort from your board and executive director. Several board members are ending their terms and choosing to open those positions to new volunteers with fresh ideas and energy. Please look at your free time and energy, then step up and join us. The work that this all volunteer board accomplishes is amazing to be a part of. All of us were the new guy at one time so don’t let this hold you back, JOIN US. If being a board member is not possible for you consider volunteering to help at the banquet. Helping hands are always appreciated. Please consider underwriting and auction item, donating to support our life member breakfast or buying a full curl table. I look forward to 2018 and a great event in Casper. See you there, but don’t wait to long tickets will sell out for this event. Get yours early. Kurt Eisenach
President & Life member #410
Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation