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“While I watched my animal through the scope and waited for her to turn broadside,I thought about the responsibility that comes with harvesting an animal,and what it means to be a good steward of that life. I feel a deeper commitment to the conservation of our Wyoming wildlife, and connected to our land in a wholly different way. As a life-time outdoors person, this surprised me.” – 2015 Hunt Participant

The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt was founded in 2013 by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation as a opportunity for mentoring and developing camaraderie between women.

Hunting is a long-standing Wyoming tradition and a skill that honors our state’s cultural roots. Teaching women to hunt can help them feed their families nutritious food and fulfills WYWF’s mission of investing in economic self-sufficiency of women.

The event 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.

Participate

How can you hunt at the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt? There are a few possibilities.

Sponsorship

Become an event sponsor! Review our sponsorship packet and become a supporter of the event.

Scholarship

The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt offers several scholarship spots each year. The application for 2019 is now closed.  Those who applied will hear from us by the end of April. Check back in early February for our scholarship application to open!

Send yourself!

Pay for your hunt as an individual. Contact us for details.

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?

Our hunt takes place at the Ranch at Ucross. Below are driving directions:

Plug this into your GPS:

2673 US 14
Clearmont, WY 82835

From Sheridan (north and west of the Ranch at Ucross)

  • From 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

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 also 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 – Only hunters will be staying on the Ranch, so friends or family coming along will need to make other arrangements. We recommend the Hampton Inn in Buffalo for this purpose. Contact them and reference the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt room block arranged by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation.

Hampton Inn
85 U.S. 16, Buffalo, WY 82834
(307) 684-8899

Room block rate: $99/night

Events/Meals for Family Members – Additional meals are available for family members throughout the weekend and will be available for purchase at registration.

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 and we will work with you. Wyoming Game and Fish has worked with us to set up hunter safety courses for our hunters the night prior to sight-in.

Will I have a hunting partner or guide?

Yes.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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. Please let us know if this will not be possible so we can plan accordingly.
  • Loaner rifles: Loaner rifles were donated by sponsor Thompson/Center and are fitted with scopes donated by Vortex Optics. 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 will be provided for those using our Thompson/Center loaner rifles.
  • Shipping: If you are traveling to the hunt by plane, we recommend shipping your gun to the ranch to avoid issues with delayed checked luggage. Ship to:

The Ranch at Ucross
2673 US 14
Clearmont, WY 82835
Attn: Eric Wilhelm & Vickie Abbott

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 are my options for meat processing and taxidermy?

You have three options regarding meat processing:

  1. Cut it up yourself during the meat processing workshop to take home with you,
  2. Have your meat processed by Big Horn Meat Cutting to take home with you;
  3. Donate it to the local food bank. (You will incur the meat processing fee).

You will need to provide a credit card number or check at check-in when you get to the ranch in the amount of $110, 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. Food bank donations must be processed at Big Horn Meat Cutting and you as the hunter are responsible for the processing fee.

  • 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 should I bring?

Printable Packing List

Clothing Suggestions
*Note, if you don’t own camo yet, and don’t want to go out and buy some, then contact alex@wycf.org to reserve something from our gently used camo closet.

  • Camouflage shirt
  • Camouflage pants
  • Stocking cap
  • Sweaters
  • Long-sleeve camo t-shirts
  • Long underwear
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Gloves
  • 3 pairs of cold weather socks
  • Hunting boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Camouflage hunting gloves
  • 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 festive attire suggested for Friday and Saturday evening

Gear

  • Hunting rifle, preferably with a scope
  • 2 boxes ammunition
  • Wyoming fishing license if you have one
  • Hunter safety certificate
  • Soft-side gun case if using your own rifle
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Sharp hunting knife

Additional Items

  • Hunter Education Card
  • Toiletries
  • Medicine (aspirin, prescriptions)
  • Lip balm
  • Digital camera (optional)
  • Sunglasses (if prescription, bring extra pair)
  • Cooler – at least 50 quart
  • Driver’s license

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 alex@wycf.org to reserve something from our gently used camo closet

What else can I do after my partner and I have both harvested?

Once you fill your tag, you may take part in other activities we are offering, including meat processing, fly fishing, a game meat cooking demonstration, and trap and 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.

 

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.

Is there an ATM at the Ranch at Ucross?

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. The nearest ATM is in Buffalo (17 miles away!).  We will accept all major credit cards and checks on the ranch.

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.

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 necessary.

Meat processing: 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. 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 ($110). However, if you want additional products, such as sausage, then you will need to pay the additional fee.

Transportation: You are responsible for getting yourself to the hunt. Once you are there, you will be transported to your hunt area by your guide in a truck. No special type of vehicle is needed. 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 2018 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. There is no ATM on the ranch, so you may want to bring cash, or we accept all major credit cards.

Can I hunt on this 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

Past Media

These awards were developed in partnership with the Boone & Crockett Club, the oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America – founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell.

Principles: The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt emphasizes hunter safety, hunting and land ethics, and the conservation and the proper management of wild natural resources, for an enjoyable experience for participants, guides, and landowner(s).

Hunter Safety
A safe and enjoyable hunt following the Ten Commandments of Hunter Safety:

  1. Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm.
  2. Control the direction of your firearm’s muzzle.
  3. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  4. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  5. Unload firearms when not in use.
  6. Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
  7. Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log, with a loaded firearm.
  8. Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water.
  9. Store firearms and ammunition separately.
  10. Avoid alcoholic beverages or other mood-altering drugs before or while shooting.

Hunting and land ethics demonstrated by:

  • Abiding by Wyoming game laws and promoting reasonable shot distance and proper shot placement to ensure a safe, quick, and humane kill.
  • Showing knowledge of the game.
  • Hunting under the tenets of fair chase, including self-restraint in not using our technological capabilities to overwhelm the game, and exhibiting an appreciation for the traditions of hunting.
  • Everyone having fun and pursuing a fair chase hunt, promoted by rewarding the hunters getting closest for a shot, not the longest shot.
  • Respecting the land being hunted and the expectations of the landowner.

Conservation and the proper management of wild natural resources

  • When and where hunting happens, conservation happens.
  • An understanding of the role sportsmen and sportswomen have played in the recovery and future management of sustainable game populations.
  • Conservation and the proper management of wild natural resources by encouraging the harvest of both bucks and does (i.e. the award structure does not differentiate between bucks and does.)

2019 Awards

ROMAN GODDESS OF THE HUNT

Awarded to all new hunters that harvest.

ANNIE OAKLEY

Awarded to all individuals that harvest their antelope with one shot. (Note: If warranted, a follow-up shot must be taken to ensure an ethical harvest)

FOUNDERS’ CUP – TEAM AWARD

This award goes to the team with the closest average shot distance. All team members must harvest. Note: some hunters sign up as individuals and others sign up on a team. Not all hunters take part in the team competition.

This award is sponsored in part by Kathryn Boswell and Twin M Designs.

SUPER STALKER

Awarded to the individual with the closest harvest shot. This award is sponsored in part by Maven Outdoor Equipment Company.

TEDDY ROOSEVELT AWARD

This award was named after Theodore Roosevelt, founder of the Boone and Crockett Club and the Father of American Conservation. It celebrates the type of personal character Roosevelt held in highest regard – an adventurous spirit, determination, self-reliance, and the need to give back more than that taken – all he believed defined what was inside every true sportsman and sportswoman. Given to the participant that had the fortitude to keep trying, and hung tough, win lose or draw. Regardless of the situation, they came out on top with a smile on their face. They have what it takes to succeed, both in the hunt and in life.  Voted on by the guides, this may go to a hunter that does not harvest an animal. The award is sponsored by the Boone and Crockett Club.

If you knew Shelley Simonton, then you were a lucky person. Shelley filled a room with brightness, laughter and wisdom. A statewide leader, she cared deeply and advocated fiercely for what she believed in. Two of the things she believed strongly in were empowering women to achieve economic self-sufficiency and bringing women together at the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt to hunt and mentor one another. She addressed these areas of importance in part through her work with the Wyoming Women’s Foundation (WYWF).

Shelley served on the WYWF Advisory Board for from 2011 – 2017, including as board chair. In 2012, the opportunity was presented to the board for the Wyoming Women’s Foundation to become the founding host of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt. As an avid hunter herself–and a champion of women—Shelley embraced the idea of hosting the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt with her whole heart. She also volunteered to serve as a co-chair of the planning committee. Under her leadership, WYWF developed the hunt into the conservation-minded and mentoring-focused event it is today.

Shelley passed away from melanoma in May of 2017. About a month before she died, she once again distinguished herself as a visionary leader for the hunt and for women in Wyoming. She generously established a fund that will become endowed and grow with the support of additional generous donors who want to be a part of her legacy. Shelley’s Fund will honor her spirit by investing in areas of interest and importance to her. The fund will primarily make grants to the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt to help ensure that hunters attending always include single mothers and women of diverse income levels, while still functioning to raise funds for WYWF.

All gifts to the fund, which is held at the Wyoming Community Foundation, are tax deductible.

Shelley’s Fund will: honor the spirit of Shelley Simonton by investing primarily in the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt and economic self-sufficiency training for women and girls in Wyoming

Thank you for your interest in the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt!

Please contact us at

alex@wycf.org

OR

307-721-7007

with questions in regard to donations, sponsorship, hunting or the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt!

2019 Schedule  (subject to minor changes)

Thursday, October 10

11:30 am – 3:00 pm:  Registration/check-in at the Ranch at Ucross

12:00 – 3:30 pm:  Sight in rifles (transportation provided)

4:30 pm:  Hunter Orientation

6:00 pm: Cocktails

7:00 pm: Dinner

Friday, October 11

5:00 – 7:00 am Breakfast & meet your guide

6:30 am: Hunting begins

1:00 – 5:00 pm:  Activities available at the Ranch at Ucross for returning hunters

6:00 pm: Cocktails & silent auction

7:00 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Live auction

Saturday, October 12

5:00 – 7:00 am: Breakfast and meet your guides

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Activities available for hunters who have harvested their animal

6:00 pm: Cocktails

7:00 pm: Awards dinner and celebration

Sunday, October 13

7:00 am: Breakfast

11:00 am: Checkout of rooms

2019

Danielle Prewett

Danielle Prewett is the founder of Wild + Whole and a wild foods contributing editor for MeatEater. Texas is home for Danielle, but her love for the outdoors developed while chasing birds across the grasslands of North Dakota. She has been living off the land for the last several years and is fascinated by the richness of wild game. Danielle strives to portray this beauty by teaching others how to cook and enjoy their harvest.

Bridget Fabel

Bridget grew up on a Christmas tree farm in the small town of Stillwater, New Jersey. At the age of 20 she moved west to Utah to chase her hunting and fishing dreams and to pursue an BS in Geology at Utah Valley University. Bridget is now a senior in college, and loves to hunt and fish in her spare time. She has guided fly fishing for four years  and owns her own outfitter business, Chunky Trout Outfitters. Bridget also does YouTube videos on hunting, fishing, trailer living, and wild game cooking full-time. Her biggest passion is passing on her confidence and love for the outdoors to America’s youth… especially young women!

First Lady Jennie Gordon

Mark Gordon Family. CREDIT: David J Swift

Jennie (Muir) Gordon currently serves as First Lady of Wyoming. Prior to that, she managed day-to-day operations at Merlin Ranch, the Gordon family’s cow-calf and heifer development operation located in Johnson County. The Governor and First Lady have four grown children, Aaron with wife Megan, Bea with fiancé Austen, Anne with partner Bracewell, and Spencer with wife Sarah and their son Everett.

The First Lady grew up in Omaha, Nebraska until her family moved to Buffalo, Wyoming. Her father, Senior Master Sergeant Robert Muir, served in the Navy, Army and the Air Force. Jennie’s mother, Gertrude Muir, was from Austria and after surviving World War II in Vienna, she moved to the United States. She learned English and raised the family’s ten children, often with Sergeant Muir serving away from home. Four of her siblings have served, or continue to serve, in the armed services.

The First Lady received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of Wyoming. She worked for 15 years as a laboratory medical technologist at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. She later served as a field service representative for Abbott Laboratories where she traveled throughout the western United States repairing and servicing laboratory equipment at hospitals, clinics and private practices.

When Governor Matthew H. Mead appointed her husband to serve as Wyoming Treasurer in 2012, the First Lady took over management of the Merlin Ranch full time. The ranch has garnered national recognition for its environmental stewardship and conservation achievements, as well as efforts to promote the sale of Wyoming beef worldwide. Jennie served on the board of the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust and is a recent graduate of the Wyoming Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) class.

As First Lady, she is gearing up to launch her initiative that will work to reduce childhood hunger in Wyoming. It came as a shock to the First Lady that so many young people in Wyoming suffer from food insecurity and therefore, she has made it her mission to work with organizations from across the state to invest in Wyoming’s next generation of leaders.

First Lady Janet Holcomb

First Lady Janet Holcomb is the wife of Indiana’s 51st Governor Eric Holcomb. Governor and First Lady Holcomb live in the Indiana Governor’s Residence with the First Dog Henry. It should be noted that Henry, a miniature Schnauzer, has thousands of fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

She grew up on a horse farm near Muncie, Indiana, where horses and ponies were her first passion in life. Janet rode competitively and loved participating in regional shows and 4-H. First Lady Holcomb holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from Ball State University. As a master’s candidate at Ball State, Janet held a graduate assistantship with the David Owsley Museum of Art.

As the daughter and granddaughter of small business owners, some of her most valuable lessons were learned at the family dinner table. Beginning in 2009, she served as vice president of her family’s manufacturing business, R&R Engineering.  Janet has led record-setting political fundraising efforts at the federal, state, and local levels as well as fundraising for non-profit organizations including veterans’ groups, social service providers, animal welfare, arts organizations and scouting programs.

As First Lady, she actively promotes development opportunities for women in business in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. She is an advocate for youth organizations such as 4-H and scouting, and is engaged in combating infant mortality. She is a member of the Riley Children’s Foundation Board of Governors and sits on the board of directors for the Hoosier Salon and the Indiana FBI Citizens Academy.

The First Lady particularly enjoys sharing her passion for shooting sports and personal protection with other women. Earning her pistol instructor certification in 2015, she has led training classes throughout the state, often partnering with the Indiana National Guard and members of law enforcement. In her role as First Lady, she encourages young people to always try new things as one means of establishing an attitude of life-long learning. Following her own advice, in 2018 Janet played a small role in a made-for-television holiday movie. This was her first acting experience.

Crystal Gibson

Crystal Gibson grew up two hours outside Salmon, Idaho, without running water, power or neighbors. Crystal and her three siblings were home-schooled while her father worked for a gold mine. Their backyard was elk-calving grounds and national forest, so Crystal’s father taught her how to hunt for food, respect animals and the value of conservation at a very young age. Living off the land taught Crystal about the outdoors, and she continues to learn every day.  Crystal has hunted elk, antelope, deer, moose and even a challenging Rocky Mountain sheep hunt by herself!

Crystal has continued her passion for the outdoors through her work. She is an outdoor photographer, videographer and host for the hunting TV show “Blue Collar Adventures”. Crystal travels the world and takes on adventures with her bow and rifle from Africa to New Zealand. Crystal loves hunting because she can feed her family and it is physically and mentally challenging. Crystal also enjoy teaching others about the importance of conservation in the outdoors.

State Auditor Kristi Racines

Kristi Racines was elected in November 2018 as Wyoming’s 21st State Auditor. The State Auditor serves as the state’s chief accountant and payroll officer, and also is a member of the State Loan and Investment Board, the Board of Land Commissioners, and the State Building Commission.

Kristi is a 4th generation Wyomingite with family roots in ranching and in the oil and gas industries. She was raised in Bar Nunn, Evanston, and Riverton. After graduating from Riverton High School, she attended the University of Wyoming, earning a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She became licensed as a certified Public Accountant and worked as an auditor in the private sector before beginning her state service career in 2010. Until her election, she served as the Chief Fiscal Officer and Director of Human Resources of Wyoming’s judicial branch. She has served on the State Employee Compensation Commission, the Government Efficiency Commission, and currently serves on the board of Goodwill of Wyoming.

Governor Kristi Noem (Invited)

Kristi Noem was elected in November 2018 as the 33rd Governor of South Dakota. Kristi is a wife, a mother, and a lifelong rancher, farmer, and small business owner. Kristi and her husband, Bryon, have three children: Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker. As Governor, Kristi is improving education and workforce training, taking on the drug crisis, improving mental health, and increasing transparency – all without raising taxes.

Kristi was born and raised in rural Hamlin County in northeastern South Dakota. After a family tragedy, Kristi took over the family’s farm and ranch, stabilizing the operation and providing leadership when it was needed most. An avid hunter, she later started a hunting lodge as well.

In 2006, Kristi was elected as the 6th District Representative to the South Dakota House of Representatives. During her second term, Kristi was elected to leadership by her peers, serving as Assistant Majority Leader.

In 2010, Kristi became South Dakota’s lone Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in Congress, Kristi helped to pass a Farm Bill, which included strong livestock disaster and crop insurance programs. She also led the way to crack down on human trafficking, improve school meal regulations, and fight back against an overreaching federal government. Her work helped to triple the size of the Black Hills National Cemetery, increase support for the Lewis & Clark Rural Water Project, and protect the Hot Springs VA from closure. In 2015, Kristi earned a seat on the Ways & Means Committee, largely considered the most powerful committee in Congress. There, she played a key role in writing and passing historic tax cut legislation.

2018: Media Guest Jodi Stemler

Media Guest Jodi Stemler

Growing up in central New Jersey does not lend itself to becoming an outdoors-person, but Jodi was fortunate to be raised on her family’s farm with hunting and shooting opportunities right out the back door. She went to Rutgers University and studied wildlife ecology- but then then her conservation policy/communications career kept her away from hunting for more than 20 years. She has worked with a wide variety of conservation organizations and agencies through her consulting work, but over the last few years she started freelance outdoor writing. She loves telling stories about her journey as a reactivated hunter and sharing time afield with her husband and her daughter, who is a new hunter. Her articles have appeared in a number of well-known publications and she has won awards each year for her writing. The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt is Jodi’s first big game hunt.

2017: Wyoming State Auditor Cynthia Cloud

Wyoming State Auditor Cynthia I. Cloud

Cynthia I. Cloud is the elected state auditor of Wyoming. The state auditor is a constitutional officer elected for a four-year term by the general electorate of Wyoming. The duties of the state auditor include being the chief accountant and payroll officer for state agencies. The auditor is also responsible for the preparation of the comprehensive annual financial report on the fiscal affairs of the state. Cynthia was elected in November 2010 to serve as Wyoming’s twentieth state auditor and reelected in 2014 to her second term. She is the first certified public accountant to serve as state auditor in Wyoming.

Cynthia has over 16 years in public accounting and is a successful business owner. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.

Media Guest Courtney Nicolson

Courtney is a Denver based outdoor writer, producer and editor. She is Senior Writer/Producer for Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks, working on content for Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Channel and World Fishing Network. She also writes a monthly column for Women’s Outdoor News called “She Guides” which spotlights women hunting guides around the world. An avid hunter and angler, Courtney is a passionate wing shooter. She also founded Colorado Women Who Hunt, an organization created to connect real women who hunt the Rockies and spark adventures. When not in the field Courtney is a volunteer hunter education instructor with CO Parks & Wildlife and a committee member for both Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited.

2016: Donna Boddington and Media Guest Mia Anstine

Donna Boddington

Donna Boddington appears on “The Boddington Experience” on the Sportsman Channel with her husband Craig Boddington, host of the show, and their two daughters Caroline and Brittany as they go on hunting adventures around the world. She has years of hunting experience from hunting whitetail on her farm in Kansas to big game in South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia. She is also a member of the Prois Hunting Apparel’s pro-staff. She is a life member of Safari Club International, life member of the National Rifle Association, sponsor member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Media Guest Mia Anstine

Mia has a lifelong commitment to wildlife conservation, hunting ethics, habitat preservation and long time traditions. She loves exploring, learning and sharing life and survival in this modern day Wild West. She created her web and social sites to share outdoor findings, products, firearms, hunts, recipes, stories and news. She shares it all to inspire others to get outside, go hunting, to the shooting range or come together around the table, savoring all life has to offer. She is an outfitter, guide, hunter, mentor, firearms and archery instructor. She’s a freelance writer and presenter. She teaches and inspires others to get involved in outdoor activities. She takes pride in guiding ladies and children for their first hunts. She’s hunted rest stag, bull tahr, elk, mule deer, black bear, turkey, game birds, waterfowl, predators, varmints, hogs, carp and have more on her bucket list. To learn more about Mia, visit her website at www.MiaAnstine.com.

Remington is supporting Mia’s trip to the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt.

2015: Jana Waller, State Superintendent Jillian Balow and Media Guest Barbara Baird

Jana Waller

Jana Waller grew up in the town of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and has been a hunter and angler for three decades. Earning a Public Relations degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Jana has blended her passion for hunting and fishing with her communications background, actively promoting women in the outdoors and undeniable relationship between hunters and conservation.

A bowhunting veteran of 20+ years, Jana started out hunting Wisconsin whitetails but has since traveled the globe with her bow in tow, hunting in Africa, Canada and all over North America. Appearing on national television shows such as Invasion on Animal Planet, Outfitter Bootcamp on The Outdoor Channel, and Ammo & Attitude on NBC Sports.

Jana is currently hosting and co-producing her own show called ‘SKULL BOUND TV’ on The Sportsman Channel where her adventures and her artwork are shared with millions. A ‘BONE-IFIED’ skull artist, Jana has been painting and beading European skulls for over a decade, selling her unique artwork in galleries and retail stores as well as custom designing skulls for hunters across the country.

A member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, National Wild Turkey Federation, United States Sportsman Alliance, NRA and Trout Unlimited, Jana donates numerous skulls annually to conservation groups that help protect our hunting heritage.

Currently residing under Montana’s Big Sky, Jana is also a free lance outdoor writer. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Bowhunter, Turkey Country, Predator Xtreme, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Texas Bowhunter’s Journal, Lady Hunter and Buckmasters as well as CNN.com, The Sportsman Channel website, Bowhunting.net and Womenhunters.com.

Wyoming State Superintendent Jillian Balow

Jillian Balow was elected Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014. The State Superintendent supervises public education in Wyoming and is a member of many boards and commissions including the State Board of Land Commissioners, State Loan and Investment Board, University of Wyoming Board of Trustees, State Board of Education, and Community College Commission. Jillian is a fifth-generation Wyoming native. She taught for over a decade in Wyoming elementary and secondary classrooms and found her niche in literacy education and the professional development of others.

Jillian has an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in education from Regis University. In addition to teaching, Jillian has consulted in the private sector on education issues and served in a number of roles in state government. Prior to being elected to State Superintendent, Jillian worked as an administrator in the Wyoming Department of Education, policy advisor to Governor Matt Mead, and administrator at the Wyoming Department of Family Services. She’s also served on the Wyoming Early Childhood State Advisory Council, the Early Intervention Council, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies Board of Directors, St. Mary’s Parent Advisory Council, and various committees for charitable causes in her community.

Jillian, her husband John, a junior high principal, and their children Paiton (15) and Jack (8) reside in Cheyenne and attend Wyoming public schools.

Media Guest

Barbara Baird

Barbara Baird is a freelance writer/editor. A former newspaper editor and reporter, she constantly hunts for topics of interest in shooting and outdoor genres. Barbara also publishes Women’s Outdoor News online and pens columns for the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Turkey Country and Shooting Sports USA. She is a contributing editor at SHOT Business. Hailing from the Ozarks of Missouri, this avid outdoors enthusiast hunts, shoots and fishes.

2014: Ashlee Lundvall

Ashlee Lundvall

Ashlee Lundvall is a wife (Russ) and mother (Addison) from Cody, Wyoming. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs in 2005 from IUPUI, and earned her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in 2007. Ashlee is a stay-at-home Mom, an inspirational speaker, and a teacher for computer classes at the Center for Training and Development through Northwest College.

After a paralyzing ranching accident in 1999, Ashlee has been passionate about accessible outdoor recreation. Ashlee is a founding member and current board member of Wyoming Disabled Hunters. She has served as Secretary and as the organization’s Facebook page administrator, and she participated as a hunter in the 2009 and 2012 deer hunts, as well as the 2013 elk hunt, where she harvested her first bull elk. Ashlee enjoys reading, cooking, design, teaching, camping, kayaking, hunting, and many other outdoor activities. She was crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA in July 2013, and she loves to travel speaking on behalf of others with disabilities.

2013: Julie Golob

Julie Golob

Julie Golob is one of the most accomplished professional shooters in the world. She is captain of Smith & Wesson’s highly successful shooting team and a member of Team Benelli 3-Gun. A veteran of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), she was named both U.S. Army Female Athlete of the Year and USAMU Athlete of the Year. She has won over 120 championship titles in seven different action shooting disciplines. (For a complete list of titles please visit the champion page.)

As a member of the Prois Hunting Apparel Pro Staff, Julie enjoys sharing her passion for the outdoors. This wife, mother and veteran enjoys photography, writing, hunting, cooking (especially wild game), and sharing her love of the shooting sports. As a member of the Prois Hunting Apparel Pro Staff, Julie enjoys sharing her passion for the outdoors.

In 2012 Julie authored her first book, Shoot: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition. Reviews of Shoot showcase the book as a valuable resource for current shooting sports enthusiasts, but also serve as an accessible, relevant, and intelligent guide to newcomers. In addition to authoring Shoot, Julie has also written features for American Handgunner, Front Sight (USPSA), IDPA Tactical Journal, Women’s Outdoor Wire, The Outdoor Wire, The Shooting Wire and Women’s Outdoor News.

Julie is sought out for her expertise. She is the first female shooting expert to appear on History Channel’s Top Shot and Top Guns. Julie is also an outdoor television personality, blogger and she records a monthly podcast that offers shooting tips and insight on the world of shooting sports and competition.

Julie has been featured in/on: 3-Gun Nation, AdWeek, American Handgunner, American Rifleman, American Trigger Sports Network, Benelli On Assignment, Blue Press, CNBC’s Mike Hegedus – Mike on America, Crimson Trace – The Art of Survival DVD, The Daily Caller, DownRange.TV, Front Sight (USPSA), Girls Guide to Guns, The Glock In Competition (2nd Edition), Gun (Japan), Guns & Gear TV, Gun Games, Guns Magazine, Gun Talk TV, History Channel, MTV, OutdoorChannel.com, Shooting Gallery, Shooting Illustrated, Shooting Sports USA, Shooting USA, Soldiers Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Tactical Journal (IDPA), History’s Top Shot, H2′s Top Guns, Women & Guns, WON Guns and more.

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