SHERIDAN — Forty individuals visited the Ranch at UCross over the weekend for the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, and the only Sheridan participant took an antelope in part of what she described as an “absolutely amazing” experience.
Local resident Amy Blumenstock attended the third annual hunt, which was founded by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation in 2013 and serves as a platform for mentoring and fostering camaraderie between women through hunting, a deep tradition in the state.
“I think it was amazing,” Blumenstock said. “There is something to be said about women doing something out of the norm together. There is no competitiveness — it’s all about helping each other.”
The event began with some preliminary events Thursday, but the real action got underway first thing Friday morning. Blumenstock, an Army veteran who took part in the hunt thanks to BP America, stalked pronghorn with her partner on a ranch next to Lake DeSmet.
The animals were “spooked” in the morning, but by early afternoon Blumenstock and her partner had harvested antelope.
The mission of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, according to its website, is to develop new hunters and teach good techniques. Mission accomplished for Blumenstock, who came in a novice, having only taken one deer before.
“They actually hung them for us and skinned them for us,” she described.
“We had the opportunity to either process them ourselves or send it out,” Blumenstock added. “I ended up processing mine myself.”
Out of the 40 hunters at the women’s hunt, 36 took an antelope. The Ranch at UCross offered multiple events for individuals to take part in after harvesting an animal.
Saturday evening brought a dinner, silent auction and guest speaker. This year’s best-known attendee was Jana Waller of Skull Bound TV.
“Phenomenal woman, phenomenal story,” Blumenstock said. “The chance to meet someone like that you wouldn’t normally was just incredible.”
All in all, the Sheridan resident said she would most remember the lifelong friendships she made during the hunt. She also talked a lot about the positive environment, where all the women pulled together to help each other succeed.
“There are honestly no words to describe just how fun it was,” she concluded.