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We want to take you on your first big game hunt!

April 28, 2022
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Cody - Take on a new challenge and hobby this fall - and maybe even bring home some meat for the freezer. Kids ages 12-17, women and families in the Big Horn Basin who want to learn to hunt are invited to apply for a mentored hunting program that culminates with a fall hunt for a doe white-tailed deer. Applications are due by May 7.

“No previous hunting experience or equipment is necessary. The program is designed for first-time hunters and those that don’t have the opportunity to learn from a friend or family member,” said Tara Hodges, Wyoming Game and Fish Department Cody regional information and education specialist.

The program called #WYHUNTFISH - Wood River Deer Hunts, is hosted by First Hunt Foundation, Wyoming Outdoorsmen and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. In a unique collaboration, these organizations and private landowners are collaborating for a fifth year to offer first-time hunters a mentored hunting experience. 

“Big game hunting is another way to spend time outside with friends and family making memories. It’s an activity families have done for generations in Wyoming, and we want more people to make those memories together,” Hodges said. “Also, it’s a great way to provide food for your family and try out new recipes. A white-tailed doe deer can produce as much as 55 pounds of meat.”

Selected applicants will be paired with a mentor who will coach them through all aspects of a hunt for a doe white-tailed deer this fall. Prior to the hunt, participants will spend a day at the range shooting a rifle and practice with a simulated hunt. The hunt will occur in September on several private ranches in the Wood River valley west of Meeteetse. A parent or a designated chaperon must accompany youth under 18 participating in the program.

No previous hunting or shooting experience is necessary. Parent-child teams who want to learn how to hunt together are highly encouraged to apply.  All equipment including a firearm, ammunition and hunter orange can be provided. Applications are due by May 7. Spots are limited; apply today!

For more information or to learn about other mentored hunting and fishing opportunities, call First Hunt Foundation Wyoming Director Fred Williams at (307) 223-7146 or First Hunt Foundation program coordinator and Wyoming Outdoorsmen board member Bruce Salzmann at (715)-530-1565.

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