USA Shooting Team to Attend Western Hunting and Conservation Expo

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (February 11, 2014)

USA Shooting athletes are back on the show circuit and their next stop: The 8th Annual Western Hunting and Conservation Expo February 13 – 16 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The expo will combine the very best in hunting expositions with a joint national convention between two major North American wildlife conservation organizations – the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF), and Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW).

The Mule Deer Foundation has been a long-time supporter of USA Shooting through their support of fundraising efforts and auctions at their events that directly benefit the Team. Be sure to stop by the USA Shooting booth (#1802) at the Western Hunting and Conservation Show and meet 2012 Olympian Nick Mowrer (Butte, Mont.), World Cup gold medalist Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho), Junior World Shotgun Champion Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas) and Shotgun Spring Selection winner Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas).

During the expo, the USA Shooting Team will also auction an 1862 Henry Original Rifle that was donated by Henry Repeating Arms Co. In support of the team, Baron Technology, Inc. is once again proudly donating its hand-engraving services to create a signature look to the popular rifle.

The revolutionary Henry lever action-repeating rifle was the most important firearm of its time and went on to become one of the most legendary American firearms of all time. Patented in 1860 and used during the Civil War, the rifle's rapid-fire capability and high-capacity tubular magazine stood in amazing contrast to its single-shot musket counterparts. Identical rifles were also auctioned off at the Dallas Safari Club Convention and at the Sheep Show in January where it raised more than $85,000 for the USA Shooting Team.

USA Shooting Team members will once again participate in the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE) at the expo by sharing their hunting and shooting stories. The YWCE is a program that was developed by Larry and Brenda Potterfield and MidwayUSA Foundation Executive Director Dick Leeper. Started with a donation from the Potterfields, each participating organization (including the Mule Deer Foundation) created a permanent endowment which allowed them to develop a youth event at their annual convention. In return, high school students across the United States receive the opportunity to learn about conservation, ethical hunting practices, wildlife management and more.

For more information about the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, please visit their website at

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