Frequently Asked Questions
WYOMING WOMEN’S ANTELOPE HUNT
Find answers to many of your questions regarding the Annual Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt here.
What is the Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt?
The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt is an all-women’s hunting event that develops new hunters by offering scholarships and hunter education to women who otherwise may not get the opportunity to hunt and pairs them with conservation-minded guides and experienced women hunting partners for maximum learning opportunities.
When did the Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt start? Who hosts it?
The annual hunting event was founded in 2013 by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation as an opportunity for mentoring and developing camaraderie between women.
How can I participate as a hunter in the next Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt?
There are three ways to participate as a hunter in the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt. Sponsors, individuals, and scholarships help us fill the approximately 46 hunt spots available.
Criteria for selection of each hunting spot is based on a written statement by the hopeful participant and reviewed by Hunt Planning Committee members. WYWF is looking for women passionate about women’s economic self-sufficiency, mentoring, and camaraderie through hunting.
Click here to sign up to receive emails with hunt info directly to your inbox.
Thanks to our amazing sponsor and donors, roughly 1/3 of all hunters attend the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt on scholarship each year!
Please sign up here if you wish to be notified when the scholarship application opens for the next hunt.
Individual hunt packages cost $3,500 each in 2023. You do not need any hunting experience to apply to participate and payment plans are available!
In 2023, sponsored hunt spots cost $5,500 each. Sponsors will receive promotional benefits, and many will send hunters of their choice to participate. Sponsorships also continue to help support the scholarship program, ensure the sustainability of the hunt, raise money to host the annual event, and carry out the mission of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation.
Huge thank you to all of our sponsors!
FAQS BY REGISTERED HUNTERS
Do I need hunter's safety?
Yes. Please make sure that you have your hunter safety certification with you at the event and in the field at all times. If you have a Wyoming certification but need to obtain a copy of your card here. Enter your name as it would have appeared on your hunter safety card and you’ll be able to print a copy of your card from there. If you are certified in another state, then you must carry a certification card from that state. Contact the state agency that issues the cards in your state if you need a new card.
If you have not completed a hunter’s safety course, let us know when you register for the event (not at sign-up) and we will work with you.
What is the lodging situation?
Hunter Lodging – Rooms are double-occupancy. You will be sharing your room with one other hunter. You will receive an email with your roommate assignment prior to the hunt. We will do our best to honor roommate requests and will give you the opportunity to make this request in a survey prior to the hunt.
To see more about the Ranch at UCross, check out their website by clicking here.
Lodging for Family Members – We are only able to accommodate additional family members and hunter guests in the following cases:
- Hunters under the age of 18, who are required to bring a family member or guardian.
- A camera crew for a media guest.
The Hampton Inn in Buffalo is recommended for auction guests.
Phone Number – (307) 684-8899
Address – 85 US Highway 16 East, Buffalo, WY, 82834
Events/Meals for Family Members – Additional meals are available for family members throughout the weekend and will be available for purchase at registration.
Where is the closest airport?
If you are coming from out of state and need to fly to the hunt, then there are a few options. The Ranch at Ucross is in a rural area quite a distance from a major airport. Hunters arriving by air will also need to travel by car once you are on the ground. There are no airport shuttles to the Ranch, but we encourage hunters to carpool when possible. Car rentals are available. Be sure to account for the additional travel time when planning your arrival. The three closest airports are listed below. Because they are regional airports, flights in and out are limited, so make sure you take this into account as you plan as well.
Visit the 2019 Hunters Facebook group to seek out opportunities for ride sharing from the airport.
Casper–Natrona County International Airport
8500 Airport Pkwy, Casper, WY 82604
- Approx. 2 hours by car from the Ranch at UCross
Billings Logan International Airport
1901 Terminal Cir, Billings, MT 59105
- Approx 2.5 hours by car to the Ranch at Ucross
Campbell County Airport
Airport Road, Gillette, WY
- Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes by car from the Ranch at Ucross
How do I get to the Ranch at Ucross by driving?
Plug this into your GPS:
2673 US 14
Clearmont, WY 82835
From Sheridan (north and west of the Ranch at Ucross)
- Take Exit 25 on I-90 (Brundage Lane/US14), head east on US14E.
- Continue to follow US14E for 26.6 miles.
- Destination will be on the left.
From Buffalo/Casper (south and west of the Ranch at Ucross)
- From Casper, WY head north on I-25 take Exit 299 to US 16 East at Buffalo, WY.
- Follow US16E for 15.7 miles to Ucross.
- Turn left onto US14W.
- Continue on US14W for 1 mile.
- Destination will be on the right.
From Gillette (east of the Ranch at Ucross)
- Take I-90W to Buffalo (Exit 58).
- From Exit 58 on I-90, proceed north on US 16E.
- Continue to follow US16E for 15.7 miles to Ucross.
- Turn left onto US14W.
- Continue on US14W for 1 mile.
- Destination will be on the right.
Is there an ATM at the Ranch at Ucross?
No. There is no ATM at the Ranch at Ucross.
So, please plan accordingly if you plan to use cash for auction, raffle or drink ticket purchases or to tip your hunting guide. The nearest ATM is in Buffalo, WY (17 miles away!). We will accept all major credit cards and checks at the ranch.
Will I have a hunting partner or guide?
Most hunters will go out in pairs with one guide. In the spirit of sportsmanship and mentoring, if you are the first of your team to harvest your antelope, then plan to return to the field to support your teammate until she has filled her tag. You will be introduced to your hunting partners at the welcome dinner on Thursday.
What do I need to bring?
- Hunter Education Card
- Driver’s license or personal identification matching Hunter Education Card
- Comfortable hiking shoes/boots
*Note, if you don’t own camo yet, and don’t want to go out and buy some, then contact email@example.com to reserve something from our gently used camo closet.
The camoflouge items listed bellow are suggested, but not required. Nuetral colored clothing, work pants or jeans are also recommended.
- Camouflage shirt
- Camouflage pants
- Stocking cap and gloves
- Long-sleeve camo t-shirts
- Long underwear
- 3 pairs of cold weather socks
- Camp shoes
- Fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink hunting vest or hat (required by law)
- Rain coat and pants
- Camouflage cold weather coat
- Camouflage jacket
- Travel clothing
- Clothing for evening events – Western or dressy casual attire suggested for Friday and Saturday evening. Expect to see cowboy hats and blue jeans. Some hunters and volunteers will be even be joining us right from the field!
*Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a loaner rifle and ammunition.
- Hunting rifle, preferably with a scope
- Soft-side gun case if using your own rifle
- Sharp hunting knife
- Flashlight with fresh batteries
Suggested Additional Items
- Medicine (aspirin, prescriptions)
- Sunglasses (if prescription, bring extra pair)
- Cooler – at least 50 quart
- Wyoming fishing license if you have one
Can I bring my own rifle? What if I don't have a rifle?
Many of our hunters choose to bring their own rifle for the hunt. If you do not have your own rifle, we will provide one for you. Contact Alex@wycf.org to reserve your loaner rifle and ammo.
- Your own rifle: Sighting in your rifle prior to traveling to the hunt will make the sight-in process at the event move more quickly and easily, so please do this if you can.
- Loaner rifles: Loaner rifles were donated by sponsor Thompson/Center and are fitted with scopes donated by Maven. These are .243 caliber Venture model rifles. Loaner rifles are available for those hunters who are unable to provide their own firearm. We will confirm whether you requested a loaner rifle prior to the hunt.
- Ammunition – You will need to bring your own ammunition if you are using your own rifle. A minimum of two boxes is recommended to cover the sight-in and the hunt. Loaner rifle ammunition donated by Hornady & Federal Premium will be provided for those using our loaner firearms.
- Shipping: If you are traveling to the hunt by plane, we recommend shipping your gun to the ranch 1-3 weeks prior to the event to avoid issues with delayed checked luggage. Ship to:
The Ranch at Ucross
2673 US 14
Clearmont, WY 82835
Attn: Your Name
Eric & Vickie, the ranch managers, will take care of your rifle until you arrive. If you have any questions about shipping your rifle, please call them directly at (307) 737-2281.
What if I don't own camo?
If you don’t own camo yet, and don’t want to go out and buy some, then contact email@example.com to reserve something from our gently used camo closet.
Camoflouge clothing is suggested, but not required. Nuetral colored clothing, work pants or jeans are also recommended. Please do be sure to bring comfortable hiking shoes/boots.
I was selected as a scholarship hunter. What do I need to know?
Congratulations on your selection for a scholarship! Here are few considerations we are often asked about from scholarship recipients.
Hunter deposit: You will receive your deposit back by check when you arrive at the hunt. If you cancel your hunt, then you will not receive the deposit back. We will use it to defray the cost of your license purchase and outfitting reservation.
Transportation: You are responsible for getting yourself to the hunt. Once you are there, you will be transported by volunteers and your hunt guide. If you would like to try to carpool to the hunt, then we recommend checking for opportunities to connect with other hunters traveling from a similar location by reaching out to the Hunter Facebook group. If you are having difficulties arranging transportation, please let us know, and we will do what we can to help!
Other expenses at the hunt: Your scholarship is all-inclusive of everything you need to participate in the hunt! However, if you would like to bid on the silent auction, purchase a few alcoholic extra drinks, or purchase a fishing license (resident day license = $6 | nonresident day license = $14), then you will need to cover those costs. If you are on scholarship, then we will tip your guide for you. Note that there is no ATM at the ranch! So, please plan accordingly with respect to having cash on hand.
Guide tipping: We will tip your guide. Feel free to supplement the tip with your own funds in any amount, as you are able, to show appreciation to your guide. However, it is not required.
Meat processing: There are three options for meat processing. Meat transport arrangent seperately.
- We encourage you to go through our meat processing workshop where you will get one on one guidance on how to butcher your own antelope. Mentors will be available for the entirety of the process and supplies provided.
- However, if you don’t want to or don’t have time to do that, then you are welcome to send your antelope to the meat processor. As a scholarship recipient, we will cover the cost of basic processing. However, if you want additional products, such as sausage, then you will need to pay the additional fees.We will transport animals to the processor. Hunters will pick up their own meat after it is processed. Usually, they are able to do this for us within 24 hours. (However, pickup time varies based on drop-off time and capacity.)
- Donate it through the Food from the Field program. Food bank donations must be processed at Big Horn Meat Cutting and you as the hunter are responsible for the processing fee.Meat Transportation/Cooler – If you are planning to transport your meat home, please bring a cooler of at least 50 quarts in size. If you are traveling by plane to the hunt, then you may want to have your meat packed for you in dry ice from Big Horn Meat Cutting for an additional fee (dependent on weight). Please check with your airline to determine whether you can bring this package on the plane or if you will need to ship it.
Taxidermy – We will have a taxidermist at the ranch all weekend! Rusty’s Taxidermy will assist you with any taxidermy needs that you have.
Should I tip my guide?
It is customary to show your appreciation to your guide by providing a tip at the end of your hunt. Somewhere in the range of $100 – $150 (and up) is typical for a big game hunt of this nature, but anything you are able to do will be greatly appreciated. If you are on scholarship, then we will tip your guide for you. Note that there is no ATM at the ranch! So, please plan accordingly with respect to having cash on hand.
What are my options for meat processing and taxidermy?
You have three options regarding meat processing:
- Do it yourself with one on one guidance from our mentors!
- Have your meat processed by Big Horn Meat Cutting.
- Donate it through the Food from the Field program.
You will need to provide a credit card number or check at check-in when you get to the ranch in the amount of $120, as all processing must be paid for when the animal is delivered to the processor. Any specialty meat or cut options above the standard meat processing (review cut sheet) will incur an additional cost, to be paid when you submit your animal for processing. If you process the animal yourself, then you will get this amount refunded!
We will transport animals to the processor. Hunters will pick up their own meat after it is processed. Usually, they are able to do this for us within 24 hours. (However, pickup time varies based on drop-off time and capacity.) Food bank donations must be processed at Big Horn Meat Cutting and you as the hunter are responsible for the processing fee.
- Meat Transportation/Cooler – If you are planning to transport your meat home, please bring a cooler of at least 50 quarts in size. If you are traveling by plane to the hunt, then you may want to have your meat packed for you in dry ice from Big Horn Meat Cutting for an additional fee (dependent on weight). Please check with your airline to determine whether you can bring this package on the plane or if you will need to ship it.
- Taxidermy – We will have a taxidermist at the ranch all weekend! Rusty’s Taxidermy will assist you with any taxidermy needs that you have.
What is Food from the Field & how can hunters participate?
What is Food from the Field?
Food from the Field is an innovative program to help our most vulnerable neighbors in Wyoming! Now in its second year, the Wyoming Hunger Initiative, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and participating processors work together to streamline game meat donation to food pantries statewide. Food from the Field enables hunters to share their bounty by donating game meat to participating local processors who in turn will prepare it for local organizations to distribute to our neighbors in need.
*Note: Donated game meat must be processed at a participating processer. Thanks for making this opportunity possible for our hunters Big Horn Meat Cutting!
How hunters can participate:
1. WYWF will collect Big Horn Meat Cutting’s basic processing fee of $120.
2. Volunteers will be at the meat pole ready to help fill out the form and transport harvest to the processor.
3. Hunters will be asked to pay $45 toward processing; Wyoming Hunger Initiative will cover the remaining cost. Giant thanks to Wyoming’s First Lady Jennie Gordon and the Food from the Field team!
4. Hunters will be reimbursed $75 and harvests will be distributed to Wyomingites in need.
What else can I do after my partner and I have both harvested?
Once you fill your tag, you may take part in the other activities we offer. Past activities include a meat processing workshop, fly fishing, a game meat cooking demonstration, and trap/skeet shooting. You may bring your own fly rod or shotgun, but if that is not convenient for you, we will have loaner shotguns and fly rods available. Fishing licenses will be available for purchase at the Ranch. Review activities.
Will there be photos available?
We will be collecting as many photos of the hunt as possible! If you will be using a digital camera and would like to share your photos with us, please bring the cord that connects your camera to a computer so that you can upload them to our storage site. We will also be asking you to sign a photo/video release prior to the hunt. Once the hunt is over please send any photos you want to share with fellow hunters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos from past events can be found on the hunt media page.
Can I hunt on private land outside of the Women's Antelope Hunt?
Please Respect Landowners – Landowners generously donate the use of their land to this event for the event dates only. Please be respectful to landowners and their property, and do not ask landowners to allow you use of their property aside from the guided antelope hunt. This includes filling other tags you may have and/or hunting in future years. If/when you meet your landowner, please thank them.