CHEYENNE - With their first benefit shoot in 2006 to their latest this April, the Cheyenne Field Archers have raised more than $10,000 for hunting and fishing access in Wyoming.
In doing so, this year the field archers beat their own single year record by $5. Contributions this year from members and guests in the annual spring shoots totaled 1,750.
Jason Sherwood, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s access coordinator for southeast Wyoming, says support from organizations like the field archers is vital to providing walk-in and hunter management programs. “The Game and Fish wholeheartedly thanks the field archers and really appreciates their support because donations are the lifeline of the access program,” Sherwood said. “I hope this can be an inspiration to other hunting and outdoor organizations across the state to step up as the field archers have to fuel this program.”
The $1,750 contributed by the field archer’s in 2013 year will lease approximately 7,000 acres of access for a year. Walk-in areas, as their name implies, can be accessed on foot by properly licensed hunters or anglers for the species listed in the atlas. Hunter management areas are generally larger parcels the department has leased for big game hunting and require hunters to obtain a free access slip through the Game and Fish website.
“The Cheyenne Field Archers are proud of the fact that they can help be a part of a program that has such a positive effect on so many people,” said Dan Conrad, president of the 250-member organization. “All this would not happen without the dedication and generosity of the Cheyenne Field Archers members."
On two evenings each April the field archers sponsor a competitive 3-D shoot – including a moving target – open to the public shoot at their indoor facility east of Cheyenne. Local businesses support the event by donating door prizes to the competitors. The shoot attracts youth, adult, and senior archers.
Hunters and anglers are encouraged to donate to hunting and fishing access in any whole dollar amount when applying for or buying licenses. Nonresident hunters and anglers donate twice as much to access than residents when applying for and buying licenses. Walk-in areas were started in 1997 through a pilot access program and the current Private Lands/Public Access program became permanent in 2001.
(Contact: Jeff Obrecht, 307-777-4532)