Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt Recognizes Achievements

Sixteen women who harvested their pronghorn antelope with only one shot during the two-day Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt earlier this month received the Annie Oakley Award for this year's event at the Ranch at Ucross.

Awards were presented during a dinner and auction at the ranch on Oct 13. This was the fifth year for the hunt and awards. Ashlee Lundvall, 2013 Ms. Wheelchair USA and a special guest hunter in 2014, handed out awards during the ceremony.

This year's hunt was held Oct. 12-15 and resulted in 38 of 44 hunters harvesting antelope. Wyoming State Auditor Cynthia Cloud was a special guest this year, and Courtney Nicholson, who's senior writer and producer at the Sportsman channel and a columnist for Women's Outdoor News, was a media guest. Nicholson will be creating a video of her experience. Award winners are listed below.

Annie Oakley Award winners were Karen Ayers of Houston, Texas; Lynne Boomgaarden, Roxanne Garaventa and Peggy Rice, all of Cheyenne; Laurie DeVries of Atascardero, Ca; Leah Ehret of Elgin, MN; Kassidy Groeper of Laura, IL; Shelby Hatch of Destin, FL; Tara Hoffman of Alpine; Havely Holt of Douglas; Marilyn Kite of Laramie; Johanna Neilson of Council, ID; Stephanie Pearsall of Oswayo, PA; Danielle Sanville of Southampton, MA; Karey Stebner of Rawlins; and Jana Waller of Missoula, MT.

The Roman Goddess of the Hunt Award, presented to first-time big game hunters who harvested an antelope, went to: Karen Ayers, Nichole Jaggers and Danielle Pilkinton, all of Houston, Texas; Cynthia Cloud of Cheyenne; Becky Cooper of Sheridan; Laurie DeVries; Sarah Hamlin of Lander; Tana Hoffman; Havely Holt; and Megan Jacob of Cary, NC.

The Founders Cup Award, presented to a corporate sponsor team with the closest average shot distance, went to BP Lower 48, with an average shot distance of 127.6 yards. The teams hunters were Karen Ayers, Danielle Pilkinton, Nichole Jaggers, Mona Dunegan of Hesperus, CO, and Brittany Smith of Oklahoma City. The Founders Cup was named for hunt founders Marilyn Kite, Donna Wichers and Lynne Boomgaarden and was presented by Kite and Boomgaarden, both of whom hunted in the event this year.

The Super Stalker Award, presented to the individual closest to her antelope when making the kill shot, went to Karey Stebner with a shot distance of 40 yards, who was guided by Fritz Bates of Clearmont.

The Roosevelt Award, named for Teddy Roosevelt, U.S. president, conservation champion and co-founder of the Boone & Crockett Club, goes to the hunt participant who has the fortitude to keep trying and hang tough, and was presented to DeVries. The award is voted on by the hunt guides.

The Cantelope Award, an informal award created in 2015, is presented to the hunter who keeps her sense of humor throughout the hunt even though she doesn't harvest an animal. This year's award was presented to Deb Gentry of Buffalo who, when telling her hunting story, joked that at least she got really good at loading and unloading her gun.