The Outdoor Expo program involves organizing and funding educational outdoor events targeting the non-hunting public. These events are designed to educate the public on the beneficial role of ethical sport hunting and its contribution to wildlife. That is also the mission of the Weatherby Foundation International. These statewide or regional events introduce thousands of families and young people to outdoor recreation, including shooting and hunting activities. Many provide hands-on experiences that encourage participants to pursue these activities long after the expo is over.
These pioneering events were first initiated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife in their respective states. The Weatherby Foundation saw the expos as the perfect avenue for achieving its fundamental mission and together with Wyoming Game and Fish produced and distributed an Outdoor Expo Planning Guide to all 50 US state wildlife agencies. Thanks to the Foundation's efforts, 20 states hosted Outdoor Expos this past year. The Foundation's goal is have expos in all 50 states.
Proceeds from the Weatherby Award Dinner will help the Foundation achieve this goal. The more people reached through these expos, the more people who will support and defend our hunting and shooting rights. You can read more about Weatherby's Outdoor Expo Campaign on the organization's web site. The cost of a ticket for the Weatherby Award Dinner is $300 per person. Remember, a large chunk of that is a contribution to the Foundation's conservation and education efforts.
As for this year's Weatherby Award, the nominees include long-time Hunting Report subscribers Ed Yates, Bruce Keller, Ralph Cunningham, Thomas Hammond and Alan Sackman, as well as Tony Gioffre. The criteria for the Weatherby........(continued)