GREEN RIVER — The Southwest Wyoming chapter of the Muley Fanatic Foundation will be having their 8th annual fundraising event on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at the Sweetwater County Events Complex in Rock Springs.
Muley Fanatics is celebrating its roots with a theme this year of “Made in Wyoming”. They’ll have entertainment by Wyoming Raised and catering by Big Dave’s Dutch Oven. Those in attendance we’ll have a chance to win one or more of the 50 guns that they’re giving away that night.
The Muley Fanatic Foundation was established in 2012 and is headquartered in Green River. The Southwest Chapter is the original chapter and continually the largest attended and most successful in raising funds.
To date the organization has put nearly $2.2 million dollars on the ground ($500,000 allocated by the Southwest Chapter) to further the MFF mission of to ensure the conservation of mule deer and their habitat and to provide such supporting services to further the sport of hunting and sound wildlife management.
MFF currently has 14 Chapters in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Idaho. Each Chapter hosts an annual fundraising event and retains 70% of the net funds to allocate locally.
“MFF was established to make a local difference in a local area by local folks,” said MFF Co-Founder Joshua Coursey. “The growth and impact that our Chapters are making is unprecedented in comparison to other organizations.
We have a unique niche in the conservation community and the strides of progress being made are a testament to the many volunteers and supporters who are engaged and active to be a part of the solution.”
Volunteers Make the Difference
It is through volunteers that each Chapter organizes a Project Allocations Committee (PAC) to review and fund proposals that they solicit to impact their local area. Project allocations to date include:
Research; fencing/fence modification; predator control; riparian restoration; habitat improvement: sagebrush/cheat grass; prescribed burns; youth events; water guzzler installation; conservation easements; stop poaching; signage and aspen enclosures.
In addition to the Chapter allocations, MFF HQ has contributed $1,029,160 to fund the DEER Project (Deer Elk Ecology Research) a 5-year PhD research project that was initiated by MFF in partnership with the Wildlife Co-op Unit of the University of Wyoming and Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
In addition to efforts driven to make a local difference for mule deer conservation MFF sponsors and takes Youth with Life Threatening Illnesses on big game hunts – To date MFF has put 26 youth in the field and in 2019 through a partnership with the Dream Foundation, MFF has 17 youths scheduled to hunt.
MFF was recognized by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies as the 2018 Conservation Organization of the Year.
“If you haven’t been to an MFF event in the past we would love to have you come and see what we are all about and how your engagement and support is necessary to the difference making efforts that can be measured right here in our backyard,” said Dan Stanton, Southwest Chapter Co-Chair.