Water for Wildlife® Foundation announces the following:
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon will be hosting the 76th Annual One-Shot Antelope Hunt beginning Wednesday, September 18th. The One-Shot Antelope Hunt is the oldest invitational hunt in the country. It originated in and has been hosted in Lander, WY since 1940. Through the years the event has continued to be a huge economic boost to Lander and surrounding areas. As the oldest invitational hunt in the country, the longevity speaks volumes to the quality of the event.
The event is deeply steeped in Eastern Shoshone Native American hunting traditions such as The Legend of the Hunt and Blood Brothers Ceremony. These ceremonies continue to be performed by tribe members each year.
Three organizations work together for the event. The One-Shot Hunt Club consists of local residents who select 24 new hunters each year and diligently volunteer many hours to put on the hunt. Once one has competed in the hunt, they become a member of the Past Shooters Club. This club works to support the Hunt Club in putting on the hunt and financially support the third organization – Water for Wildlife® Foundation. Water for Wildlife is a non-profit conservation foundation formed in 1975 by the Past Shooters Club. It works to preserve and protect habitat and wildlife in areas lacking the most vital resource of all-water. To date, WFWF has funded over $2 million in over 500 water and habitat projects. In addition, it provides thousands of dollars for community projects, education and manages the Water for Wildlife and Evans-Dahl Museum. Water for Wildlife® Foundation is a beautiful example of sportsmen supporting conservation.
The 2019 One-Shot Antelope Hunt Teams are:
Wyoming Team: Honorable Governor Mark Gordon, Paul Fontaine & Jeff Leisy
Maven Team: Brendon Weaver, Cade Maestas & Mike Lilygren
Pigman Team: Chris Hadsall, Brian “Pigman” Quaca & J.W. Stamison
Lope-fil-A Team: Scott Mayson, Kevin Moss & Marion Burn III
Buzzer Beaters Team: Rick Barry, Gary Wagner & Jeffrey Ferguson
Highland Team: Derek Pawlak, T.J. Sommer & Christopher Rebholz
Western Sportsmen Team: Mark Kennedy, Jayson Leyh & Tom Strickland
Bull Gators Team: Cody LeClair, Colt LeClair & Storm LeClair
The three organizations of the One-Shot Antelope Hunt cordially invite the public to attend the evening festivities during the hunt. All three events are at the Lander Community Center. Tickets may be purchased at the Water for Wildlife Center, 545 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520. Tickets are $50 and include a great meal. For more details, you can contact the Water for Wildlife Center at 307-332-6852.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Past Shooters/Water for Wildlife Auction and Banquet
This banquet is a celebration of our accomplishments in wildlife conservation efforts and the recognition of the many people who support our mission.
- Cocktail Party and Scotch Tasting with music by John Mionczynski begins at 4:30 pm
- Banquet Seating at 6:00 pm
- The event closes with a very lively Live Auction benefitting Water for Wildlife.
Friday, September 20, 2019 New Shooter Welcome Banquet
This evening is an introduction of the 2019 Team Members followed by a beautiful fireside Shoshone Ceremony-The Legend of the Hunt and Blood Brothers Ceremony
- Cocktail Party begins at 5:30 pm
- Banquet Seating at 6:30 pm
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Victory Banquet
This evening attendees enjoy individual stories of the hunt from New Team Members. Legend of the Hunt concludes with beautiful Shoshone dancing and music
- Cocktail Party begins at 4:30 pm
- Banquet Seating at 5:30 pm