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#WYHUNTFISH – Wood River Deer Hunt

2021 Program Information

Are you interested in learning to hunt, but don’t know where to start? 

#WYHUNTFISH - Wood River Deer Hunt is a mentored program that teaches youth and adults basic hunting skills that will be put to use at a whitetail doe hunt on private ranches in the Wood River Valley west of Meeteetse, Wyoming in the fall of 2021.

Through structured learning and the support of qualified mentors, participants will learn the skills needed to feel safe and supported in their first big game hunt. Participants will begin their journey learning and practicing safe handling of firearms at a range day on a Saturday in June, to be held near Cody or Meeteesee. The experience will be followed by a simulated hunt on a Saturday in August, also to be held near Cody or Meeteesee. Finally, #WYHUNTFISH - Wood River Deer Hunters will take to fields of the Wood River Valley in September or October to try to fill their first whitetail doe tag.

#WYHUNTFISH - Wood River Deer Hunt, is a collaboration between the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, First Hunt Foundation, Wyoming Outdoorsmen and a group of private ranches. Because of these generous sponsors and organizers, most costs associated with participation have been donated. See Program Details & Apply for more.

#WYHUNTFISH - Wood River Deer Hunt is a mentored program that teaches youth and adults basic hunting skills, which will then be put to use at a whitetail doe hunt on private ranches in the Wood River Valley west of Meeteetse, Wyoming in the fall of 2021.

Interested? Before submitting an application, please review the following requirements:

  • Youth must be 12 years of age prior to Sept. 1, 2021 to apply.
  • Hunter applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by their parent/legal guardian or by an adult over 18 designated by the parent/legal guardian.
  • Hunters must sign required waivers (parent/legal guardian or designated chaperone will also be required to sign), and abide by all Wyoming Game and Fish rules and laws while involved in program activities.
  • All participants must sign a photo release for photos taken while participating in the program activities for the purposes of social media and publications utilized by the program organizers and sponsors.
  • Accepted participants must successfully complete a Hunter Safety Course and obtain a Hunter Safety Class Certificate prior to Sept. 1, 2021.
  • Hunters must enter the drawing process and be successful in drawing the needed hunting license. The entry deadline is May 31, 2021.  The drawing odds have historically been 100%.
  • The hunter is responsible for the cost of the hunting license and conservation stamp (required), as well providing transportation to all events. Other costs associated with the hunt — such as loaner firearms — have been generously provided by program organizers and sponsors. As a program designed for the novice hunter, firearms, ammunition and blaze orange safety clothing will be available for participants to borrow.
  • Hunters who choose to use their own firearm are responsible for supplying appropriate ammunition for harvesting a deer.
  • Accepted participants must attend two program training sessions prior to hunting (unless prior arrangements are made with your mentor):
    • A range day near Cody or Meeteese, to be scheduled on a Saturday in June.
    • A simulated hunt near Cody or Meeteese, to be scheduled on a Saturday August
  • Program capacity is limited to 12 hunters. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.

#WYHUNTFISH - Wood River Deer Hunt, is a collaboration between the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, First Hunt Foundation, Wyoming Outdoorsmen and a generous group of private ranches. 

Ready to apply? Click here

We know entering the hunting community can be intimidating. If you have any questions about any of the following, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help!

Bruce Salzmann: (715) 530-1565

Fred Williams: (307) 223-7146

Tara Hodges: (307) 527-7125

#WYHUNTFISH – Outdoor University

Class of 2021

Are you interested in gaining outdoor skills, but don’t know where to start? 

#WYHUNTFISH - Outdoor University is a mentored program for Bighorn Basin, Wyoming residents to learn a variety of outdoor skills, starting with the essentials of fly fishing and building through a mastery of shotgun basics. The program culminates with a mentored pheasant hunt alongside experienced dog handlers.

Students accepted into the program are paired with an experienced mentor and receive instruction from skilled experts at each phase of learning. The program begins in April 2021 with fly tying instruction in the Cody, Wyoming area, and progresses through the summer with participants building skill and experience in fly tying, fly casting, trout fishing and shotgun skills at a trap/skeet/sporting clay ranges at the Cody Shooting Complex. #WYHUNTFISH - Outdoor University students will celebrate their graduation with a pheasant hunt on a preserve near Cowley in late winter.

#WYHUNTFISH - Outdoor University, sponsored by Wyoming Outdoorsman, is a collaboration between the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, First Hunt Foundation, East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and the Cody Shooting Complex. Because of these generous sponsors and organizers, most costs associated with participation have been generously donated. See Program Details & Apply for more.

#WYHUNTFISH - Outdoor University is a mentored program for Bighorn Basin residents to learn a variety of outdoor skills, starting with the essentials of fly fishing and building through mastery of shotgun basics. The program culminates with a mentored pheasant hunt alongside experienced dog handlers.

Interested? Before submitting an application, please review the following requirements:

  • Youth must be 12 years of age prior to Sept. 1, 2021 to apply.
  • Hunter applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by their parent/legal guardian or by an adult over 18 designated by the parent/legal guardian.
  • Hunters must sign required waivers (parent/legal guardian or designated chaperone will also be required to sign), and abide by all Wyoming Game and Fish rules and laws while involved in program activities.
  • All participants must sign a photo release for photos taken while participating in the program activities for the purposes of social media and publications utilized by the program organizers and sponsors
  • Accepted participants must successfully complete a Hunter Safety Course and obtain a Hunter Safety Class Certificate prior to Sept. 1, 2021.
  • The hunter is responsible for the cost of the hunting license and conservation stamp (required), as well providing transportation to all events. Other costs associated with the hunt — such as fly rods and shotguns — will be available for loan because of the generosity provided by program organizers and sponsors. 
  • Accepted participants must attend the fly fishing skills building seminars and the shotgun skills training prior to fishing or hunting, unless prior arrangements are made with your mentor.  All activities will take place in the Cody region.
  • Participants who choose to use their own firearm or fly rod are responsible for providing appropriate ammunition for shotgun skills training at the range and bird hunting, as well as materials for fly fishing.
  • Program capacity  is limited to 10 people. The deadline to apply is April 14, 2021.

#WYHUNTFISH - Outdoor University, sponsored by Wyoming Outdoorsman, is a collaboration between the Wyoming Game & Fish, First Hunt Foundation, East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and the Cody Shooting Complex. 

Ready to apply? Click here.

We know entering the fly fishing and hunting community can be intimidating. If you have any questions about any of the following, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help!

Fred Williams: (307) 223-7146

Bruce Salzmann: (715) 530-1565

Duane Feick: (307) 213-0678

Ashlee Lundvall: (307) 254-2064

#WYHUNTFISH – Spring Creek Pronghorn Hunt

2021 Program Information
#WYHUNTFISH
Spring Creek Pronghorn Hunt

Are you interested in learning to hunt, but don't know where to start?

#WYHUNTFISH - Spring Creek Pronghorn Hunt is a mentored program that teaches youth and adults basic hunting skills that will be put to use at a Doe Pronghorn Antelope Hunt on private ranches west of Cheyenne, WY in the fall of 2021.

Through structured learning and the support of qualified mentors, participants will learn the skills needed to feel safe and supported in their first big game hunt. Participants will begin their journey learning how and when to apply for a license then continuing on to practicing safe firearm handling of firearms at a range day on Saturday July 10, 2021 or Sunday July 11, 2021 at the Laramie County Shooting Complex near Cheyenne, WY. Your experience will continue with a simulated hunt with live fire at a location to be determined on Saturday August 21, 2021 or Sunday August 22, 2021. All this culminates with a pronghorn hunt on a private ranch near Cheyenne. With the season in your hunt area starting October 5, you and your mentor will determine your actual hunt dates.

#WYHUNTFISH – Spring Creek Pronghorn Hunt is a collaboration between the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the First Hunt Foundation as well as a group of private ranches. Because of generous sponsors and organizations, most costs associated with participation have been donated.

Interested? Before submitting a application, please review the following requirements:

  • Youth must be 12 years of age prior to October 5, 2021 to apply.
  • Hunter applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by their parent/legal guardian or by an adult over 18 designated by the parent/legal guardian.
  • Hunters must sign required waivers (parent/legal guardian or designated chaperone will also be required to sign).
  • Hunters must abide by all Wyoming Game and Fish rules and laws while involved in program activities.
  • All participants must sign a photo release unless otherwise agreed for photos taken while participating for the purpose of social media and publications utilized by program organizers and sponsors.
  • Accepted participants must successfully complete a Hunter Safety Course and obtain a Hunter Safety Certificate prior to October 1, 2021.
  • Hunters will work with their mentor to enter the license draw process like all hunters and must be successful in drawing the license to be able to hunt. If a hunter is unsuccessful in the license draw they will still be able to participate in all activities except the actual hunt. The entry deadline to enter the draw will be May 31, 2021. The drawing odds will be around 86%
  • The hunter is responsible for the cost of the hunting license and conservation stamp (required), as well as providing transportation to all events.
  • Since this program is designed for novice hunters, firearms, ammunition, and blaze orange safety clothing will be available for participants to borrow. Hunters who choose to use their own firearms are responsible for supplying appropriate ammunition for harvesting a Pronghorn antelope.
  • Accepted participants must attend the two program training sessions prior to hunting (unless prior arrangements are made with your mentor):
    1. A range day at the Laramie County Shooting complex just East of Cheyenne on either Saturday July 10th or Sunday July 11, 2021.
    2. A simulated hunt, location to be determined (near Cheyenne) on Saturday August 21st or Sunday August 22, 2021

Program capacity is limited to 20 hunters. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.

Ready to apply? Click here.

We know that entering the hunting community can be intimidating, If you have any questions about any of the above information, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here to help!

Brian Mann - mrmann0725@aol.com    (307) 287-7975

Patty Mann - labmanncheyenne@hotmail.com     (307) 287-7963

Amy Schick - tigereyeaw@hotmail.com   (307) 630-9783

James Schick - schick3@yahoo.com   (307) 630-9607

#WYHUNTFISH – PEAK Fish Camp

#WYHUNTFISH – PEAK Fish Camp

Class of 2021

Are you interested in learning how to fly fish, but don’t know where to start?

#WYHUNTFISH – PEAK Fish Camp is a mentored program where you can learn the essentials of fly fishing – including casting, fly tying, basic entomology, and habitat. The program culminates with a mentored fishing day alongside experienced anglers.

Students accepted into the program will work with experienced anglers and receive instruction from skilled experts at each phase of learning. The program takes place in June 2021 with a casting seminar, fly tying instruction, a fishing day and hatchery tour all within the Casper area. #WYHUNTFISH – PEAK Fish Camp students will celebrate the completion of camp with a barbecue and the opportunity to continue fishing and networking with other camp graduates.

#WYHUNTFISH – PEAK Fish Camp, is a collaboration between the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, First Hunt Foundation, Wyoming Fly Casters, and The Ugly Bug Fly Shop. Because of these generous sponsors and organizers, most costs associated with participation have been generously donated. See Program Details & Apply for more.

#WYHUNTFISH – PEAK Fish Camp is a mentored program to learn the basics of fly fishing and fly tying while Promoting Empowerment, Adventure, and Knowledge in the outdoors. The program begins by introducing basic casting skills. We meet a second time to learn about entomology and tying flies. Finally, we meet a third time to implement what we have learned during a group fishing day.

Interested? Before submitting an application, please review the following requirements:

  • Youth must be 12 years of age prior to Sept. 15, 2021 to apply.
  • Anglers under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by their parent/legal guardian or by an adult over 18 designated by the parent/legal guardian.
  • Anglers must sign required waivers (parent/legal guardian or designated chaperone will also be required to sign), and abide by all Wyoming Game and Fish rules and laws while involved in program activities.
  • All participants must sign a photo release for photos taken while participating in the program activities for the purposes of social media and publications utilized by the program organizers and sponsors
  • Accepted participants must purchase a Wyoming fishing license and conservation stamp prior to the group fishing day.
  • The angler is responsible for the cost of the license and conservation stamp, as well providing transportation to all events. Other costs associated with the program — such as fly rods, line, and flies— will be available for loan because of the generosity provided by program organizers and sponsors.
  • Accepted participants must attend the fly fishing skills building seminars prior to fishing, unless prior arrangements are made with your mentor. All activities will take place in the Casper region.
  • Participants who choose to use their own fly rod are responsible for providing the appropriate materials for fly fishing.
  • Program capacity is limited to 12 people.

#WYHUNTFISH – PEAK Fish Camp, is a collaboration between the Wyoming Game & Fish, First Hunt Foundation, Wyoming Fly Casters, and the Ugly Bug Fly Shop.

Ready to apply? Click here.

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