Salt Lake City, UT -(Ammoland.com)- The Saturday night banquet at the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo (WHCE) will feature international hunting expert, Corey Knowlton, as its keynote speaker, announced the Mule Deer Foundation and Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife.
Knowlton is well-known for his work on two of the most successful television series in outdoor television history, The Professionals and Uncharted, which he co-hosted and co-produced with Jim Shockey. The WHCE is scheduled for February 19-22, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah; Knowlton will speak on February 21 during the evening banquet.
“Corey is a dedicated hunter and conservationist and we are thrilled that he will be speaking to Expo participants on Saturday night,” commented Jon Larsen, President of Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife. “Each year, we work to find notable sportsmen to speak at our evening banquets to share their experiences and we know Corey will not disappoint.”
Corey Knowlton is a highly experienced international hunter who has been involved in the hunting tourism industry for nearly two decades. He currently works as a consultant with The Hunting Consortium, travelling constantly throughout the year exploring new areas and helping develop new hunting and conservation programs. He has hunted widely on six continents taking more than 120 species including a Super Slam of wild sheep and the big five in Africa. In 2014, Knowlton was the winning bidder for a black rhinoceros tag in Namibia and faced death threats and public outcry as a result. However, in numerous interviews, he eloquently expressed the importance of hunting for conservation.
“Corey has had a particularly challenging year, but his vision for conservation and his steadfast support for hunters and sportsmen around the globe is inspiring,” said Mule Deer Foundation CEO, Miles Moretti. “I know that our Saturday night banquet guests will be captured by his stories of great hunts around the globe, while also understanding their critical role in conservation.”
The 2015 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo is shaping up to be the biggest event focused on big game hunting in the west. Sponsored this year by Ammo & More and ACI (Armscor Cartridge Inc.), the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (SFW), the WHCE is expected to draw over 30,000 attendees.
Expo organizers announced last week that the Expo Hall is sold out with over 530 exhibitors, even after the floor space was expanded again this year. In addition to Knowlton’s keynote address on Saturday, the Expo features the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre as keynote speaker on Friday February 20th. Each banquet has musical entertainment with country music artist Jerrod Niemann playing on Friday night and Sawyer Brown performing on Saturday evening.
Register for the Expo and find the full schedule of events and details of auctions, tags, seminars and more 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 for more information.