Registered Hunter Info

Welcome to the 2017 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt! We are very excited for this year’s hunt and happy you will be joining us. We hope any questions you have will be answered below. However, if not, please contact us and we would be happy to help you.

Thursday, October 12

1 – 3 pm Registration
1 – 3:30 pm Rifle sight-in (everyone should plan to sight-in), transportation provided to Ucross shooting range
4 pm New Hunter Q & A at the Hunting Lodge
4:30 pm Hunter Orientation—Wyoming Game & Fish Hunting Regulations / Question and Answers from attendees at the Hunting Lodge
6 pm Welcome social in the tent
7 pm Dinner with guides and landowners


Friday, October 13

5 – 7 am Breakfast in the ranch house; meet your guides and head to the field to hunt
Noon Lunch at the Ranch or in the field with guides
1 pm Activities for hunters that have harvested their antelope (sporting clays, meat processing workshops)
6 pm Cocktails, silent auction begins
7 pm Dinner
8 pm Live auction, raffle


Saturday, October 14

5 am Early morning breakfast, meet your guides and head to the field to hunt
Noon Lunch at the Ranch or in the field with guides
10 am – 5 pm Other activities for hunters that have harvested their antelope (sporting clays, meat processing, cooking demo, fly fishing, chair massage, hunter story-recording)
6 pm Cocktails
7 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Awards presentation


Sunday, October 15

 

7 – 9 am Breakfast
10 am Check-out and departure

You will be staying at the Ranch at Ucross and basing out of this beautiful place all weekend.

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

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 2017 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

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.

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.

Hunter Safety Card – 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.

Hunter Pairs – 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.

Firearms 

  • 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.

Tipping Your 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.

Meat Processing – 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 $100, 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 (see attached 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.

We have fun awards to hand out during the weekend to promote the most thoughtful and ethical hunt and to help set some goals for your hunt. 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 pursing 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.)

The awards are as follows:

Super Stalker – The individual closest to her antelope when she made the kill shot. This award is sponsored in part by Maven Outdoor Equipment Company.

Annie Oakley – All individuals that harvest their antelope with one shot. The “one shot” rule will be strictly applied. That means that only one bullet can leave your gun. For example, if you shoot once and miss entirely, then shoot another and kill it in one shot, you have used two bullets and will not be eligible for this award. Guides will have the ultimate authority to require a follow-up shot to ensure an ethical kill and/or recovery of the animal.

Roman goddess of the hunt – All new hunters that harvest an antelope. A “new hunter” is one who has not previously successfully harvested a big game animal.

Roosevelt Award – This award is named after Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. president, conservation champion and co-founder of the Boone & Crockett Club, which sponsors the award. This award celebrates the type of personal character Teddy Roosevelt held in highest regard – an adventurous spirit, determination, self-reliance, and the need to give back more than what is taken – all of which he believed defined what was inside every true sportsman and sportswoman. Voted on by the guides, this award is given to the participant that had the fortitude to keep trying, and hung tough, win lose or draw.

Founders’ Cup – 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 Twin M Designs.

Clothing Suggestions
*Note, if you don’t own camo yet, and don’t want to go out and buy some, then contact kate@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 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

Activities – 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.

Photos – 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.

Hunting Clothing Closet—If you are feeling a bit short on hunting gear, we’ve got you “covered!” Barbara Baird, editor and publisher of Women’s Outdoor News, and a hunter at the 2015 event, started a hunting clothing closet for hunters in need of camo! Gently used camo will be available and donations are most welcome. We will also have past years’ Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt gear for sale. Please contact Kate@wycf.org if you would be interested in some gently used camo or if you would like to donate to our collection.

No ATM on-site – 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.

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 ($100). 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 2017 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.