LARAMIE, WY– With snow in the forecast for this year’s Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, this year’s event is reminiscent of the hunt’s first year. At the inaugural Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt in 2013, 34 women persisted through blizzard conditions in hopes of harvesting their antelope. Most of them succeeded.
Thompson/Center Arms, a brand of Smith & Wesson, brought two hunters that year and has returned as a sponsor every year since. The company is continuing their sponsorship of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt this year by supporting the scholarship program as a hunter-level sponsor.
Outfitting hunters with American-made firearms since 1967, Thompson/Center Arms prides itself on providing firearms that stand up in the toughest situations and perform when it counts. Thompson/Center Arms extended that performance to the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt in 2016 with its donation of a set of ten of its Venture series .243 rifles to the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt. This donation enables the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt to provide loaner guns to participants each year who do not own their own rifle. This greatly aids the hunt’s ability to bring more newcomers into hunting. Many of these participants have not shot a gun before attending the event.
“Thompson/Center Arms is excited to continue sponsorship of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt,” said Danielle Sanville, Thompson/Center Arms Brand Manager. “We support and appreciate the goals of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, and we think the hunt provides an amazing opportunity for women in Wyoming and across the U.S. to learn a skill that can provide for their families.”
This year’s hunt will be held Oct. 11-14, 2018 and will bring together close to 40 female hunters from across the nation at the Ranch at Ucross in northeast Wyoming for a weekend of hunting, learning, mentorship and camaraderie, as well as raising funds and awareness for the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. Since inception, the hunt has raised more than $345,000 for special projects to help women and girls work toward economic self-sufficiency across Wyoming.
Please visit the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt webpage at wyomingwomen’santelopehunt.org
for more information on sponsorship and individual participation, including scholarships. Based on its level contribution, each sponsor has the opportunity to invite women to hunt at the event. The foundation also invites the local and statewide community to attend its fundraising auction dinner on Oct. 12.
About Thompson/Center Arms
Thompson/Center Arms’ website shares, “We’re as passionate about firearms as the thousands of hunting and shooting enthusiasts we serve and support. Since 1967, Thompson/Center Arms has been synonymous with firearms that stand up in the toughest situations and perform when it counts. With features like interchangeable barrels, 5R rifling and uncompromised quality and design, Thompson/Center is the brand that delivers value and reliability you won’t find anywhere else. Perhaps that’s why today’s top hunters rely on T/C.” The company further explained, ” Thompson/Center Arms is proud to offer American-made quality while backing it up with knowledgeable support and a lifetime warranty. We know that missed moments can’t be refunded and there is no replacement value for the trophy that got away. We know that there are only so many shots of a lifetime out there, and we’re ready for each one.”
About the Wyoming Women’s Foundation
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which granted out over $6 million to nonprofits across the state in 2016. The Women’s Foundation builds on a permanent endowment that will ensure funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Wyoming for generations to come. It makes grants to organizations that help Wyoming women and girls attain economic self-sufficiency, creates statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and supports systems change to eliminate those barriers. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has invested more than $880,000 into almost 100 organizations. Learn more at www.wywf.org.