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Women's one shot Antelope Hunt debuts

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The inaugural Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt will run from October third through the sixth.

The event in outside Sheridan hopes to promote hunting as a women’s sport and to encourage self-sufficiency. Women will team up for the hunt, with more knowledgeable hunters mentoring less experienced women.  

Crystal Mayfield will be attending the hunt on a scholarship.  She’s an experienced hunter, and she’s been asked to be a mentor.

"I know a lot of people still have the mindset that hunting is a man’s sport. And when I was growing up that was never the case. My dad, you know, was like, ‘hey, if you’re interested, I’m not going to hold you back from that.’ And so for women to realize that it’s not just a man’s sport and they can take part in it and have fun doing it and also feed their families. That’s really the goal in mind with the whole event. "

Mayfield says, for her, teaching responsibility is key.  

"That they don’t have to rely on someone else to be the breadwinner or bring home the meat. They can do it themselves. And it also teaches them responsibility. I mean, obviously any time a firearm is concerned there’s a high level of safety and responsibility that goes hand in hand with that."

Wyoming’s traditional One-Shot Antelope Hunt has only been open to men. The inaugural Women’s Antelope Hunt is organized by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, along with the Wyoming Community Foundation.

Irina Zhorov is a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Wyoming. In between, she worked as a photographer and writer for Philadelphia-area and national publications. Her professional interests revolve around environmental and energy reporting and she's reported on mining issues from Wyoming, Mexico, and Bolivia. She's been supported by the Dick and Lynn Cheney Grant for International Study, the Eleanor K. Kambouris Grant, and the Social Justice Research Center Research Grant for her work on Bolivian mining and Uzbek alpinism. Her work has appeared on Voice of America, National Native News, and in Indian Country Today, among other publications.
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