Wild Sheep Foundation Alberta’s 2024 Bighorn Banquet

This year marks a special milestone for the Wild Sheep Foundation Alberta as we celebrate our 25th anniversary at the 2024 Bighorn Banquet! As a community committed to conservation, this event is your opportunity to contribute to a cause that ensures the sustainability and growth of Alberta’s bighorn sheep and their habitats.

Join us in commemorating a quarter-century of dedication to wildlife conservation and the enduring spirit of responsible Stewardship!

If you require a hotel room during the event, we’re pleased to offer you a discounted rate at our partner hotel. To access this exclusive discount, simply book your stay through the link provided.


Friday, March 1st

  • 25th Annual General Meeting
    Time: Mid-afternoon
    Begin the event with our Annual General Meeting. It’s a crucial time for engaging in meaningful discussions about the current state and future of our Bighorn Sheep populations. This meeting will set strategic planning for 2024/2025, along with the election for our Board of Directors.
  • Exclusive Sponsor VIP Event (Invite Only)
    Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    A special event for our sponsors. Details are top secret, so stay tuned.
  • Friday Night Social
    Time: 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
    Let loose at our social event of the year! Remember to bring your running shoes and stretchy Wranglers.

Saturday, March 2nd

  • Life Members Brunch
    Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    A gathering dedicated to our life members, offering a chance to connect and share stories in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Vendor Market
    Time: 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Explore and enjoy a range of products and services from our supporting vendors, all related to wildlife and the outdoors.
  • Seminars
    Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Engage with a series of informative and enlightening seminars, with topics and speakers to be announced soon.
  • Gala Dinner
    Time: Doors Open at 5:00 PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM
    Dine in elegance and celebrate our collective achievements in wildlife conservation.
  • Live Auction
    Time: 8:30 PM
    The highlight of the evening, featuring a live auction with unique items and experiences up for grabs.

We’re excited to have you join us for this significant event, where our passion for Alberta’s wildlife shines brightest. Together, let’s make a lasting impact for Alberta’s bighorn sheep and the wild spaces they inhabit.

2024 Franklin W Ross Award

If you know a guide who has demonstrated exceptional skill, unwavering ethics, and a profound commitment to conservation and the hunting heritage, we invite you to submit their nomination for Wild Sheep Foundation Alberta’s Frankling W Ross Outstanding Guide award. Let’s acknowledge those who elevate the standards of the Alberta guide community and make our hunting experiences unforgettable.

Nominate your outstanding guide at the link here.

Annual Ram Awards – Submission Reminder

Join us at the 2024 Bighorn Banquet where we honor the year’s most remarkable achievements with our Annual Ram Awards. If you’ve had a successful hunt this season, we invite you to submit your entries for the following categories:

  • Biggest Rifle Ram
    • Criteria: Must be an Alberta bighorn.
    • Requirements: Include a picture and official scoring.

  • Biggest Archery Ram
    • Criteria: Must be an Alberta bighorn.
    • Requirements: Include a picture and official scoring.

  • Oldest Ram
    • Criteria: Must be an Alberta bighorn.
    • Requirements: Include a picture and official age verification.

  • Biggest International Ram
    • Criteria: Any sheep harvested outside Alberta.
    • Requirements: Include a picture and official scoring.

  • Franklin W. Ross Guide of the Year
    • Awarded to: A guide who exemplifies the spirit and dedication to wild sheep conservation.
    • Submission: Via nomination. (Send us an email.)

  • Alvin Guinn Youth Hunter of the Year
    • Eligibility: Youth hunters are invited to submit a written report/presentation about their hunting journey and the significance of hunting in our heritage and future.

Submission deadline is February 10, 2024. Please send all award submissions to:

Important Notes:

  • All ram award contenders must be members of WSFAB prior to the harvest.
  • For entrants under 18, the parent/guardian must have been a member at the time of harvest, and the entrant must be a member at the time of submission.


Wild Sheep Foundation Alberta was started in 1999, and is a proud member of Wild Sheep Foundation (National). We are a volunteer run organization dedicated to the promotion and funding of sound wildlife and habitat management practices necessary to maintain viable Bighorn Sheep populations in our province, and ensure the preservation of our hunting heritage for today’s youth and tomorrow’s hunters.

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