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The Sheep Show is back in Reno for its annual event. It brings hunters, outfitters, and conservationists to town.

The annual convention is celebrating its 24th year in Reno, and its bringing people from all over the world, selling everything from rifles to safaris. And as we're seeing, people are spending a lot of money while they're here.

Nearly 400 exhibits are set up for The Sheep Show.

Some vendors sell guided hunts, anywhere from Africa to Australia, with some getting enough business, here, to last the year.

It also brings hunters, looking to buy something.

"We're going to go away with something," Bryan Wood, Sand Point, Idaho resident said. "I don't know if that will be artwork, taxidermist work, a hunting trip, something. Get the opportunity, too, to go into Reno, Nevada and support the local community, also."

The convention is estimated to have an economic impact of nearly $3-million.

Some vendors spend up to $10,000 while they're here.

Curro Carrizosa sells hunting trips, based out of Madrid, Spain. He has been in town for nearly a week.

"We stay in hotels, we go to have dinner and lunch, everyday, at restaurants and other hotels, we take taxis," Carrizosa said.

Hotels like the Peppermill are completely booked.

Patrick Flynn is the Executive Director of Hotel and Sales at the Peppermill.

He says conventions like The Sheep Show are a great way to advertise Reno.

"It gives them a reason to come to Reno, try Reno, experience Reno," Flynn said. "I think it's these kinds of groups that really help put Reno on the map."

The Wild Sheep Foundation says hunting is gaining in popularity, especially among women, whose numbers have increased by 25%.

Numbers they say are vital for wild sheep conservation.

"One of the most important things is the evening events where we have an opportunity to sell permits and donated items that raised, last year, about $3.9 million to go into conservation for wild sheep," Ryan Foutz, Board of Directors of the Wild Sheep Foundation said.

This offers a great opportunity for businesses from around the world.

MG Arms is a Houston-based company that specializes in custom rifles.

"What we do here is have them pick out some colors, we write up an order, we build a gun, which usually takes approximately three months," Kerry O'Day, of MG Arms said. "Then we ship it to them."

Written by Paul Nelson
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