(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Wyoming’s First Lady Carol Mead will join the First Annual Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt. This event celebrates women hunters, and it will also raise money for efforts dedicated to the economic self-sufficiency of women in the state.
The hunt is not only a Wyoming first, it is the first event of its kind for women in the nation. The hunt will take place October 3-6, 2013, at the Ranch at Ucross in northeastern Wyoming. The event will provide a guided antelope hunt for 50 women with a strong emphasis on safe, responsible hunting and mentorship.
“Being able to hunt in breathtaking landscapes is part of Wyoming’s heritage. We are very proud of this heritage and want to see it continue for future generations. Efforts like this hunt encourage more women to learn to hunt safely, while at the same time enjoying Wyoming’s natural beauty,” said First Lady Carol Mead. The First Lady is a runner, an outdoor enthusiast and a strong advocate for healthy lifestyles for youth. “I look forward to the hunt and am pleased to have the opportunity to support the Wyoming Women’s Foundation in its worthwhile mission.”
According to research by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hunting is on the rise among women, growing 25 percent from 2006 to 2011. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says 16 percent of resident hunters in Wyoming are women. Overall, including resident and non-resident hunters, women make up 11 percent of hunters in Wyoming. This is consistent with the percent of women hunters nationally.
To learn more about the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, visit www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.