Laramie, Wyo. – Laramie, Wyo. – Recognizing the achievements of hunters, Ashlee Lundvall, 2013 Ms. Wheelchair USA and a particular visitor hunter on the 2014 hunt, handed out awards throughout a ceremony on the fifth annual Wyoming Girls’s Antelope Hunt.

The hunt was held Oct. 12-15, 2017 on the Ranch at Ucross in northeastern Wyoming. In 2013, the Wyoming Girls’s Basis created the hunt to advertise camaraderie and mentorship by means of searching. The occasion’s dinner and public sale, which this yr had a sold-out crowd of 300, additionally raises funds for grants and particular tasks that assist Wyoming’s ladies and ladies obtain financial self-sufficiency. This yr’s hunt resulted in 38 of 44 hunters harvesting antelope. Subsequent yr’s occasion is slated for Oct. 11-14, 2018.

Cynthia Cloud, Wyoming’s State Auditor, was a particular visitor on the 2017 hunt. Courtney Nicolson, Senior Author and Producer on the Sportsman Channel, and columnist for Girls’s Out of doors Information, was a media visitor, and might be making a video of her expertise. She additionally did an Instagram takeover of the Wyoming Girls’s Basis’s account on the 2017 hunt.

Working with North America’s oldest wildlife and habitat conservation group, Boone and Crockett Membership, the Wyoming Girls’s Antelope Hunt has structured its awards to stick to the core ideas of conservation and searching ethics. This yr’s award recipients are beneath.

The Annie Oakley Award was introduced to hunters who harvested their pronghorn by firing just one shot in the course of the two-day hunt. Award winners have been:

  • Karen Ayers (Houston, TX)
  • Lynne Boomgaarden (Cheyenne, WY)
  • Laurie DeVries (Atascadero, CA)
  • Leah Ehret (Elgin, MN)
  • Roxanne Garaventa (Cheyenne, WY)
  • Kassidy Groeper (Laura, IL)
  • Shelby Hatch (Destin, FL)
  • Tana Hoffman (Alpine, WY)
  • Havely Holt (Douglas, WY)
  • Marilyn Kite (Laramie, WY)
  • Johanna Neilson (Council, ID)
  • Stephanie Pearsall (Oswayo, PA)
  • Peggy Rice (Cheyenne, WY)
  • Danielle Sanville (Southampton, MA)
  • Karey Stebner (Rawlins, WY)
  • Jana Waller (Missoula, MT)

Photograph: Rachel Girt


The Roman Goddess of the Hunt Award was introduced to first-time huge recreation hunters who harvested an antelope. Roman Goddess Award winners:

  • Karen Ayers (Houston, TX)
  • Cynthia Cloud (Cheyenne, WY)
  • Becky Cooper (Sheridan, WY)
  • Laurie DeVries (Atascadero, CA)
  • Sarah Hamlin (Lander, WY)
  • Tana Hoffman (Alpine, WY)
  • Havely Holt (Douglas, WY)
  • Megan Jacob (Cary, NC)
  • Nichole Jaggers (Houston, TX)
  • Danielle Pilkinton (Houston, TX)

The Founders’ Cup Award goes to a company sponsor staff with the closest common shot distance; all staff members should harvest. It’s named for the hunt founders, Marilyn Kite, Donna Wichers and Lynne Boomgaarden, and was introduced introduced by Marilyn Kite and Lynne Boomgaarden, each of whom hunted on the occasion this yr. The winner of the 2017 Founders’ Cup was BP Decrease 48 with a mean shot distance of 127.6 yards.The staff’s hunters have been:

  • Karen Ayers (Houston, TX)
  • Mona Dunegan (Hesperus, CO)
  • Nichole Jaggers (Houston, TX)
  • Danielle Pilkinton (Houston, TX)
  • Brittany Smith (Oklahoma Metropolis, OK)

The Tremendous Stalker Award goes to the person closest to her antelope when making the kill shot. The 2017 Tremendous Stalker was:

  • Karey Stebner (Rawlins, WY) with a shot distance of 40 yards, who was guided by Fritz Bates (Clearmont, WY)

The hunt’s Roosevelt Award is called after Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. president, conservation champion and co-founder of the Boone & Crockett Membership. This award celebrates the kind of private character Teddy Roosevelt held in highest regard – an adventurous spirit, willpower, self-reliance, and the necessity to give again greater than what’s taken – all of which he believed outlined what was inside each true sportsman and sportswoman. Voted on by the guides, this award is given to the participant that had the fortitude to maintain making an attempt and hung robust, win lose or draw. Roosevelt Award winner:

  • Laurie DeVries (Atascadero, CA)

This award was not a part of the unique set of awards created with Boone & Crockett’s partnership. It’s a casual award created in 2015 that goes to the hunter who retains her sense-of-humor about her all through the hunt despite the fact that she doesn’t harvest an animal. In 2015, hunter Danise Edmonds (Katy, TX) hunted laborious for 2 days, however in the long run, she did get shut sufficient to take a shot. Recognizing the spirit of the hunt didn’t rely upon getting an antelope, however in having fun with the expertise, Danise requested her information to cease on the grocery retailer earlier than returning to the ranch. She went inside and returned with a cantaloupe, saying with a smile that she received her (c)antelope. She hooked up her carcass tag to it and a set of make-shift horns imagined from the weathered trunk of a sage brush.

The 2017 Cantelope Award was introduced to Deb Gentry (Buffalo, WY), who cheerfully said when telling her searching story that, “No less than I received actually good at loading and unloading my gun!”

Attendees of the hunt

In regards to the Wyoming Girls’s Basis

The Wyoming Girls’s Basis is a precedence fund of the Wyoming Group Basis, which granted out over $6 million to nonprofits throughout the state in 2016. The Girls’s Basis builds on a everlasting endowment that may guarantee funding to reinforce the lives of ladies and ladies in Wyoming for generations to come back. It makes grants to organizations that assist Wyoming ladies and ladies attain financial self-sufficiency, creates statewide consciousness of the limitations to financial self-sufficiency, and helps techniques change to remove these limitations. Since its inception in 1999, the muse has invested greater than $832,000 into virtually 100 organizations. Study extra at