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

May 07, 2020
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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 15.

“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 the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, First Hunt Foundation and Wyoming Outdoorsmen. In a unique collaboration, these organizations and a private landowner are partnering for a third year to offer first-time hunters a mentored opportunity. 

“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 lbs of meat.”

Selected applicants will be paired with a mentor who will guide 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 the Antler Ranch 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 15. Spots are limited; apply today!

For more information, call Tara Hodges at the Cody Game and Fish office 307-527-7125.

During a range day event last summer, participants practiced first with a .22 rifle, then a .243 rifle to develop and hone their marksmanship skills in preparation for the fall hunt.

During a simulated hunt following the range day, participants then had the opportunity to shoot at various yardages in different shooting positions in natural terrain.   

Katie and Isaac Stensing of Powell with a doe harvested last year as part of the mentored hunting program #WYHUNTFISH, Wood River Deer Hunts.     

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