The WHCE is held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and officially opens at 9:45 am on Thursday February 19 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Expo Hall is open from 10 am to 7 pm Thursday through Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday February 22.
Throughout the event there will be opportunities to visit the hundreds of vendors in the Expo Hall, learn new hunting techniques from some of the best hunters in the country, and bid on the many great items in the auctions on Friday and Saturday.
“We are very excited to open the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo because we know that this year’s event will be our best one ever,” said Mule Deer Foundation CEO, Miles Moretti. “This is a fantastic event to bring the entire family to because of all of the great products for sale, the first class taxidermy, M.U.L.E.Y. events for kids, seminars, evening entertainment, and much more.”
This year’s WHCE is sponsored by Ammo & More and ACI along with hosts the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (SFW). The Expo features a keynote address on Friday February 20th by the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre and music from top selling country music artist Jerrod Niemann. On Saturday evening, the crowd will be entertained by country music legends Sawyer Brown and there will be a keynote address by Corey Knowlton.
The 2015 WHCE will have some of the most coveted big game tags available for auction from mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk, moose and several other North American big game animals. Twenty-five sheep tags are available for auction or raffle and attendees can apply for the chance to draw for 200 big game tags courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. This year, there will also be an opportunity for people who are unable to attend the event to bid for auction items online. Funds raised at auctions support the conservation mission of both MDF and SFW.
“We've put in a lot of time and effort to secure the best speakers, the best auction items and the best vendors for the people who come to the Expo,” commented Jon Larson, CEO of Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife. “We know that this is a must-attend show for any western hunter.”
Register for the Expo and find the full schedule of events and details of auctions, tags, seminars and more is available at www.huntexpo.com.
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation.
Get involved at www.MuleDeer.org or call 1-888-375-3337.
Headquartered in North Salt Lake, Utah, Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of SFW is to promote the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat, assist in providing quality wildlife management programs, educating the public about the role hunters play in wildlife conservation, and perpetuating the family tradition of hunting and fishing.
Visit www.SFW.net or call 801-936-1386.