Mickey Babcock of Teton County, Wyo., has agreed to sponsor a participant of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, which is being hosted by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation Oct. 3-6, 2013. Babcock will sponsor Crystal Mayfield, a graduate of CLIMB Wyoming, a nonprofit organization that trains and places low-income single mothers in careers.

“When my friend Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite called to talk about sponsorship of the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, I was not sold on the idea as I am not a hunter,” said Babcock, a longtime supporter of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation. “However, when she framed the idea of hunting as a way for women to feed their families, sponsorship then made so much sense.  I’m proud of CLIMB and the Wyoming Women’s Foundation for this new opportunity of self-sufficiency and support for the women of Wyoming.”

Mayfield, of Laramie, Wyo., said she appreciates the sponsorship and looks forward to her experience at the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt.

“I’m honored to represent the CLIMB program and to show how thankful I am for all they do for single mothers around Wyoming,” Mayfield said. “CLIMB really gave me the confidence that I needed to be a successful woman in the professional world. I give a lot of credit to CLIMB for being where I am today.”

Mayfield, who is the office manager at the Wyoming Community Foundation, learned to hunt with her father at a young age. She said she would like to pass on the hunting tradition to her daughter.

“Hunting is a tradition in my family, and I could not think of a better tradition to pass on to her,” Mayfield said of her two-year-old daughter. “As soon as she shows interest and can understand the concept and safety precautions that need to be taken, you can bet I will have her out in the field.  It is something that I look forward to.”

The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt will provide a guided antelope hunt for 50 women. The event, which will take place at the historic Ucross Ranch in northeast Wyoming, will host women hunters of all experience levels, and the emphasis will be on safe and responsible hunting. Some participants will be skilled hunters, and these women will have the opportunity to mentor others who are looking to improve their hunting skills and confidence.

Monies raised by the weekend hunt will support the mission of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, which is to invest in the economic, self-sufficiency of women and the future of girls.

To learn more about the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, visit: http://www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org/

For more information on Wyoming Women’s Foundation, visit: http://www.wywf.org/

Image courtesy Wyoming Women's Foundation

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