2022 Banquet – Fundraiser

43nd Annual Fundraiser
March 25th and 26th, 2022

Event will take place at the Minnetonka Marriott Southwest
5801 Opus Pkwy, Minnetonka, MN 55343

 

Win a Dall Sheep Hunt in the Yukon w/ Widrig Outfitters

Hunt includes: Trophy Fee for 1 Dall Sheep, Full Guiding, Meals, Lodging during the hunt, Meat/Trophy care, Transportation during the hunt. Not Included: Lodging before after hunt, Travel to Whitehorse, tags and licenses, tips.

The Rules are simple:

  1. Every full (Friday & Saturday) Adult Registration is entitled to 1 entry.  
  2. A winner will be chosen at Friday night’s event.
  3. Your entry ticket will be with your name badge at check in, and needs to be put into the tumbler.
  4. Additional entries may be purchased for $50 each on Friday night.  Must be Fully Registered.
  5. No tickets will be available outside of Friday’s Event
  6. Hunt is transferrable 

This will be one of the best opportunities you may ever have to win a hunt of this caliber and all you need to do is register and be there Friday!  

There are only 400 seats available this year…..you don’t want to miss out 2022 Event!

Speakers & Exhibitors

Saturday Night Keynote Speaker

Shane Mahoney

President & CEO of Conservation Visions Inc.

A Newfoundland native, Shane holds both an Honors and a Master of Science degree in Zoology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has over 30 years’ experience working primarily as a scientist, wildlife manager, policy innovator and strategic advisor; but also, a filmmaker, writer, narrator, tv and radio personality, and lecturer.

He has been awarded the Gold Medal in Wildlife Science by the Caesar Kleberg Institute, was named International Conservationist of the Year by Safari Club International and has been listed as one of North America’s 25 Most Influential Conservationists.
He was employed by the Gov’t. of Newfoundland and Labrador for 25 years in a variety of leadership roles, ranging from senior field researcher to Executive Director of Science/Wildlife and Protected Areas. Most recently, he held the position of Executive Director of Sustainable Development and Strategic Science.

Mahoney’s own extensive – scientific research/works, have been published in over 50 papers, appearing in 18 peer-reviewed journals and 8 published book chapters. He has collaborated with media giants such as the British Broadcasting Corporation and National Geographic to create and produce award-winning films.

In addition to his responsibilities to Conservation Visions Inc., Mahoney serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group for the United Nations’ World Conservation Union. He also serves as the International Liaison for The Wildlife Society and is an expert to the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, as well as a Director of Conservation Force.

Gray Thorton

President and CEO of the Wild Sheep Foundation

Gray N. Thornton serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF), the premier sheep and mountain game conservation organization in the world dedicated to “Putting and Keeping Wild Sheep on the Mountain®.”

Prior to joining the Wild Sheep Foundation in 2008, Thornton served as Executive Director of the Dallas Safari Club from 1997-2008 and Chapter & Membership Director for Safari Club International from 1990 – 1997 producing record results for membership growth, fundraising and mission funding for both organizations. Thornton followed his passion to the conservation/hunting industry after a successful sales career with Unisys and Xerox corporations.

As a public speaker he has been invited to present keynote addresses on wildlife conservation and hunting and angling ethics internationally to diverse audiences ranging from civic and sportsmen’s groups, to international associations, the Serbian Parliament and former Presidents of the United States of America, France and South Africa.

Gray was awarded the “Wildlife Utilisation Award” by the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA), the Association’s highest conservation honor. He also received PHASA’s highest service honor, and the Coenraad Vermaak Distinguished Service Award and was the first non-South African to be so recognized. Thornton has received the President’s Award from the Guide Outfitter Association of British Columbia for his years of dedicated service to the hunting and conservation community. As an Outdoor Writer, he received a Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas representing the southern USA for the best Outdoor Story of the Year with “Iron Horse Fly Fishing.”

Thornton serves on the Board of Directors of Bear Trust International where he serves as Vice-Chairman of Board. He has also served on the Boards of the Conservation Fund, the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa Conservation and Empowerment Fund, the Ballot Issues Coalition, the Banovich Wildscape Fund, and the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation.

He is a Summit Life Member of WSF, a Chadwick Ram Society Member, a WSF Legacy Society Member, and a Life Member of numerous WSF chapters and affiliates. Thornton is also a Life Member of SCI, NRA, DSC, TU, a Monarch Life Member of Wild Sheep Society of BC, and a Life Member of many guide/outfitter associations.

He is an avid hunter as well as salt and freshwater fly fisherman and has hunted and fly fished throughout North America and internationally including 17 safaris to Africa and has hunted in New Zealand, Germany, Mexico and Canada. As a mountain hunter, he has taken all Four North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS), a Rocky Mountain goat as well as tahr and chamois.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing from California State University at Fresno and has earned advanced credits in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University at Fort Collins.

Thornton resides in Manhattan, Montana with his wife Renée, their Weimaraner Sage, and Vizsla Sienna.

Friday Night Presenter

Bill Hanlon

British Columbia Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Chapter Liason

Friday Night Presentation: The Remarkable Story of “Iceman of the Tatshenshini” The Discovery of Kwaday Dan Ts’inchi (Long Ago Person Found) by Bill Hanlon and two hunting partners while sheep hunting in northern B.C.

Bill grew up in Trail, BC and although he never hunted or even knew anyone who owned a horse, he had a passion for all things wild. His dad got him interested in fly fishing at an early age and established a high degree of ethics in how they conducted themselves outdoors and how important it was to adhere to the regulations of the day. Bill graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1984 with a BA in Industrial Technology and went on to finish his B Ed. at the University of British Columbia in 1986. He taught Industrial Education at Elkford Secondary School for almost 20 years before changing careers in 2006 to begin a small business called Wilderness Spirit Woodworks. He has been creating and building custom Rocky Mountain lifestyle furniture ever since.

Bill married Miss Rodeo Canada in 1990 and thus began his love affair…and immersion into horses too. With his lovely wife Sue they raised 3 wonderful children on a small horse acreage in the Elk Valley where they could ride a horse out their backdoor. All the kids could ride before they could walk and were introduced to the wilderness on extended backcountry horsepack trips. Hunting with his children brings him his greatest pleasure.

Bill has been fighting for habitat, wilderness and access management for the last 25 years with various conservation organizations. In 2000 he co-founded the Hornaday Wilderness Society, a small but effective wilderness advocacy group situated in the Elk Valley. To this day he is the table representative for the wilderness and wildland sector on the Southern Rocky Mountain Management Plan Advisory Committee. He owns 6 sturdy mountain horses and two blue heeler/border collies named Smokey and the Bandit and spends every possible minute riding or hunting in the wildest places remaining in BC. He is honored to be the first chair of the British Columbia Chapter of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

Brendan Burns

Chief Hunting Officer & Director on Conservation for KUIU Ultralight Hunting

Presentation – KUIU BH Sheep Transplant to Three Affiliated Tribes, ND

Hunting Consultant from Huntin Fool

Brett Wiedmann

North Dakota Fish & Game Lead Bighorn Biologist

ND Bighorn Sheep Health & History / TAT BHS Transplant

Michael Deville

Three Affiliated Tribes' Lean Bighorn Sheep Technician

Three Affiliated Tribes BHS Transplant

Entertainment

Shane Clouse

Shane Clouse is a singer songwriter and Montana native. The youngest of eight children, Shane began his performing career as a toddler. He would sing his heart out to his parents and siblings on the fireplace hearth of the family’s farm house. Soon after, Shane started to hone his skills studying singing, dancing, acting, and learning to play several instruments. Shane won his first singing competition at the age of five. As a solo act or with his band Stomping Ground, Shane has opened for Dierks Bentley, Phil Vasser, Huey Lewis, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Don Williams, Sawyer Brown, Michael Martin Murphy, Tom Russell, Rob Quist, Jon Anderson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Marshal Tucker. Shane’s love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing and conservation has led him to write the song “Montana Matters” to benefit the Montana Matters campaign.  Shane is also a past President of the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation!

Auctioneer

Les Olhauser

Les is an avid hunter and veteran of the United States Army. He lives in Washington State. Les has been involved in the auction business since he was 12 years old. Les supports the Wounded Warrior program; and as a guide and outfitter he takes several Wounded Warriors hunting each year, several of these hunts were televised. Les does over 60 auctions a year for conservation, working 22 states and two Canadian provinces. Les is also a professional rodeo announcer working over 20 rodeos each year.

Emcee

Steve Kaner

Steve is an avid hunter and fisherman.  He lives in Hayward, WI.  Steve is G.M./Principal at WRLS FM Radio.  In addition to running the radio station, he is Emcee at many conservation functions around Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Steve has done great work for the Midwest chapter in the past and we welcome him back for 2022!

Schedule

Friday – March 25th, 2022
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Saturday – March 26th, 2022
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