20070817_MDFsmalladSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (WHCE) announced on Monday that Wayne LaPierre, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Larry Potterfield, Founder and President of Midway USA will be the Keynote Speakers at the Expo Feb. 12 and 13, 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah. These two great spokesmen for the outdoor industry and gun rights will be the highlight of the WHCE, which will have the greatest collection of taxidermy and state auction/raffle tags ever assembled in North America.

Over 350 exhibitors will be displaying at the Expo. Each night of the WHCE will have world class entertainment featuring Josh Turner, Jo Dee Messina, and Western Underground (Chris LeDoux’s band). The USA Shooting Team will also be part of the Expo, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet these great Olympic athletes up close. Several USA Shooting Team members have won medals in previous Olympics and World Championships. The WHCE will auction a one-of-a-kind shotgun with all the proceeds going to the Shooting Team.

The WHCE is unique in that attendees can apply for one of 200 hunting tags provided by the State of Utah for only $5 each. Five of these 200 tags are available for non-residents only. Applicants also have the chance to win one of two Dall sheep tags. Over 60 big-game tags from North America will be available via a live auction or from a drawing. Last year the Utah Statewide Mule Deer Tag sold for a record $205,000.

For registration information and to apply for one of these great tags, go to www.huntexpo.com. You can also get more information at www.muledeer.org. The Western Hunting and Conservation Expo is presented by the Mule Deer Foundation and Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife.

About MDF (www.muledeer.org)
The Mule Deer Foundation is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization, with over 12,000 members. MDF’s mission is to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitats. MDF is dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer habitat (including land and easement acquisitions) resulting in self-sustaining, healthy, free ranging and hunt-able deer populations; encouraging and supporting responsible wildlife management with government agencies, private organizations and landowners; promoting public education and scientific research related to mule deer and wildlife management; supporting and encouraging responsible and ethical behavior and awareness of issues among those whose actions affect mule deer; and acknowledging regulated hunting as a viable component of mule deer and black-tailed deer conservation.

For information about the Mule Deer Foundation please call 888-375-DEER (3337).