Results Are In For Auction At FNAWS Annual Convention


Published: April - 2005

The results are in for the auctions at the annual convention of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS). Over $2 million were raised at the convention, held March 2-5 in San Antonio, Texas, and the big question was what the Alberta Minister's bighorn tag would sell for in light of the Metis hunting issue. Well, there was a definite damper on the bidding, with the tag selling for $150,000, down $10,000 from the 2004 price and $100,000 below 2002.

You'll remember we told you last November, the Canadian Supreme Court granted Metis peoples (a group of mixed heritage, largely Indian and French) rights to hunt and fish equivalent to those granted Indians. A significant number of Metis promptly began to exercise those rights in the Cadomin area of Alberta, where coal mine reclamation has produced exceptional habitat and a number of huge bighorn rams. Subsequent harvest clearly reduced the number of rams (and other wildlife) available. As if that were not enough, there is currently a move afoot to add three new hunts (with five permits apiece) for residents. Few hunters are willing to pay big prices for a permit under these conditions.

This is in contrast to the British Columbia permit for a Rocky Mountain bighorn. That tag sold for $150,000, a $15,000 increase, at least partially on the strength of a 197 2/8 point ram taken last year.

(Postscript: If you would like to keep up to date on what's happening with the Metis hunting issue, check out the following web site: www. sportsmenofalberta.com.)

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