Laramie, Wyo. –-(Ammoland.com)- Smith & Wesson, a U.S.-based leader in firearm design and manufacturing, has signed on as a bronze sponsor for the Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt.
The hunt, hosted by the Wyoming Women's Foundation, will be held Oct. 9-12, 2014 in northeastern Wyoming.
The Wyoming Women's Foundation created the hunt to promote camaraderie and mentorship through hunting while raising awareness of and funds for the Foundation's mission to improve the economic self-sufficiency of women in the state.
Female hunters of all experience levels are encouraged to attend the weekend hunt which emphasizes safe and responsible hunting. During this guided hunt on private and public land, more experienced hunters are paired with women who have little experience with hunting. Women hunters can secure one of the 40 spots on the hunt by visiting www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org.
“We at Smith & Wesson are proud to support this event”, said Stan Shiparski, Smith & Wesson's Director of Retail Sales East. “Sponsoring this event not only raises funds for the Wyoming Women's Foundation, it also promotes women's involvement in the growing shooting sports industry.”
“The Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt is very grateful for Smith & Wesson's continued sponsorship and its ongoing support of women hunters,” said Shelley Simonton, co-chair of the hunt committee. “Hunting is one way women can bring nutritious, affordable meat home to their families, while experiencing more independence and self-sufficiency.”
Smith & Wesson also sponsored the inaugural hunt in 2013 and Julie Golob, its professional shooting team captain, attended the event as one of the special guests, sharing her skills and knowledge with last year's hunters.
Additionally, Smith & Wesson sponsored a corporate team, which received the 2013 winning team award for having the closest average shot distance and all team members harvesting an animal. Team members were Julie Golob of Glasgow, MT who shot at 165 yards; Danielle Sanville of Southampton, MA who shot at 45.9 yards; and Laurel Smith of Broad Brook, CT who shot at 111 yards. All three received the Annie Oakley Award for using one shot to take their animals and Danielle Sanville received the Super Stalker Award for the closest shot.
Leading the way as the first event of its kind for women, the inaugural Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt was a huge success in 2013. Hunters came from across Wyoming and the nation to participate, including prominent leaders like Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite, who helped found the hunt. Of the 34 total hunters in 2013, 32 harvested antelope and seven women harvested for the first time.
About the Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt
The Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt, developed by the Wyoming Women's Foundation, celebrates women's hunting as a platform to promote camaraderie and mentorship. The event helps raise funds for the organization's mission of supporting economic self-sufficiency for women across Wyoming. The hunt takes place Oct 9-12, 2014 at the Ranch at Ucross in northeast Wyoming. To learn more, visit www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org.
About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms™. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut. For more information on Smith & Wesson, log on to www.smith-wesson.com.
About the Wyoming Women's Foundation
The Wyoming Women's Foundation invests in the economic self-sufficiency of women and the future of girls. The Foundation builds on a permanent endowment that will ensure funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Wyoming for generations to come. It makes grants to Wyoming organizations that help women and girls attain economic self-sufficiency, creates statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and supports systems change to eliminate those barriers. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has invested $650,000 into more than 100 organizations. The Wyoming Women's Foundation is a component fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation. Learn more at www.wywf.org.