The snow storm may have kept Wyoming's First Lady away, but not the other avid hunters. 34 made it to the Ranch at Ucross in the northeastern part of the state and all but two harvested an antelope in the first ever women's hunt.
Twenty-eight of them nailed their animal in one shot. Of the 28, four were locals – Sandy Brug and Ashley Laird of Sheridan and Terri Dawson and Jennie-Muir-Gordon of Buffalo. Gordon is the wife of State Treasurer Mark Gordon. All received the Annie Oakley Award.
Laird also received the Diana Award for harvesting an antelope for the first time. One other hunter from Sheridan also received the Diana. That was Nekah Dmitriyeva.
In addition to Wyoming, hunters came from Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Missouri, Connecticut and California. Organizers are calling the first hunt a “huge” success. The event was hosted by the Wyoming Women's Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to the economic self-sufficiency of women.
The blizzard conditions plagued the hunt on its first day, Friday, delaying the start time by a few hours. Even so, the majority of the teams left before noon. Eleven had filled their tags by the end of the day and the rest on Saturday when the snow storm had blown over.