2016 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt Awards

The 2016 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt is in the books and there were several award recipients from the event. The Annie Oakley Award was presented to 19 hunters who harvested their pronghorn by firing only one shot during the two-day hunt. The Roman Goddess of the Hunt Award was presented to 15 first-time big game hunters who harvested an antelope. The Founder’s Cup Award, the Super Stalker Award, the Roosevelt Award and the Cantaloupe Award were also announced.

Below is the full list of awards and winners:

Jan Beu (Brimfield, MA)
Gloria Courser (Jackson, WY)
Katie Couture (Cody, WY)
Anna C. Farrell (Cheyenne, WY)
Roxanne Garaventa (Cheyenne, WY)
Jo Gathercole (Wilson, WY)
Dione Hasse (Franklin, TN)
Anne Jolliff (Casper, WY)
Jayne Kravis (Harmony, ME)
Cheryl Madden (Buffalo, WY)
Annette Penman (Rawlins, WY)
Tammie Pillard (Casper, WY)
Jaclyn Randall (Longview, TX)
Laurie Richardson (Kenmare, ND)
Rose Ann Rinne (Cheyenne, WY)
Danielle Sanville (Southampton, MA)
Mary Schmitt (Wilson, WY)
Gabrielle Sitomer (Houston, TX)
Karey Stebner (Rawlins, WY)

Jennifer Andersen (Laramie, WY)
Jennifer Barcklay (Chattaroy, WA)
Jan Beu (Brimfield, MA)
Martha Caraway (Wamsutter, WY)
Anna C. Farrell (Cheyenne, WY)
Dione Hasse (Franklin, TN)
Erin Klauk (Laramie, WY)
Elysia Linson (Houston, TX)
Cheryl Madden (Buffalo, WY)
Tonya Martinez (Rawlins, WY)
Tammie Pillard (Casper, WY)
Jaclyn Randall (Longview, TX)
Aysia Rogina (Cheyenne, WY)
Kathleen Salvador (Shutesbury, MA)
Gabrielle Sitomer (Houston, TX)

The Founders' Cup Award goes to our corporate sponsor team with the closest average shot distance; all team members must harvest. It is named for the hunt founders, Marilyn Kite, Donna Wichers and Lynne Boomgaarden, and was presented by Marilyn Kite. The award is sponsored in part by Twin M Designs, which is co-owned by one of the hunt's guides, Matt Moran. The cup is passed from one team to the next each year. Individuals on the team receive commemorative leather clutches handmade by Moran, who is a leather craftsman based in Sheridan.

The winner of the 2016 Founders' Cup is Thompson/Center Arms. The team had an average shot distance of 137 yards. The team's hunters were:

Jan Beu (Brimfield, MA) - 211 yards
Laurie Richardson (Kenmare, ND) - 110 yards
Kathleen Salvador (Shutesbury, MA) - 200 yards
Danielle Sanville (Southampton, MA) - 82 yards
Hope Sholes-Pinder (Petersham, MA) - 150 yards

The Super Stalker Award goes to the individual closest to her antelope when making the kill shot. This award was sponsored by Maven Outdoor Equipment and Michael Day Photography. The 2016 Super Stalker was:

Jayne Kravis (Harmony, ME) - 35 yards
Her guide was Mike Rodriguez (Buffalo, WY)

The hunt's Roosevelt Award is named after Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. president, conservation champion and co-founder of the Boone & Crockett Club, which sponsors the award. This award celebrates the type of personal character Teddy Roosevelt held in highest regard - an adventurous spirit, determination, self-reliance, and the need to give back more than what is taken - all of which he believed defined what was inside every true sportsman and sportswoman. Voted on by the guides, this award is given to the participant that had the fortitude to keep trying and hung tough, win lose or draw. Roosevelt Award winner:

Katie Couture (Cody, WY)

This award was not part of the original set of awards created with Boone & Crockett's partnership. It is an informal award created in 2015 that goes to the hunter who keeps her sense-of-humor about her throughout the hunt even though she doesn't harvest an animal. In 2015, hunter Danise Edmonds (Katy, TX) hunted hard for two days, but in the end, she did get close enough to take a shot. Recognizing the spirit of the hunt did not depend on getting an antelope, but in enjoying the experience, Danise asked her guide to stop at the grocery store before returning to the ranch. She went inside and returned with a cantaloupe, saying with a grin that she got her (c)antelope. She attached her carcass tag to it and a set of make-shift horns imagined from the weathered trunk of a sage brush. The 2016 Cantelope Award was presented to Randi Downham (Laramie, WY) and Rachel Girt (Cheyenne, WY).