Last month we told you that FNAWS (Foundation for North American Wild Sheep) and the Mule Deer Foundation had announced a dual convention this coming February 1-4, but we did not have any further details. Well, we do now, directly from FNAWS CEO, Ray Lee. Seems FNAWS decided to have a joint convention because it would allow the two organizations to benefit from reduced convention costs and also enjoy certain synergies. Lee says the Mule Deer Foundation, like FNAWS, is a western, mountain hunting organization with members who are willing to support conservation efforts for a special species. Mule Deer Foundation members tend to be younger than FNAWS members, however, even though their profiles match FNAWS members. Some of them will assuredly become tomorrow's sheep hunters, he says. In the meantime, a combined convention will expose new people to both organization's donors, sponsors and other supporters, creating new interest and excitement for everyone involved.
The two organizations will continue to have separate Life Member Breakfasts and evening events, as well as separate award ceremonies, but will have joint opening and closing events and will share the cost on printing, promotion, registration personnel, security and other fixed services when conducting a convention. Registration forms are available from FNAWS; and from the Mule Deer Foundation.