The 3rd Annual Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot will be held May 10-12, 2012, in Hulett, Wyo., to raise funds to conserve state wildlife and improve the community’s educational facilities.

Wyoming Wildlife -The Foundation and the Greater Hulett Community Center are teaming up to host celebrities and special guests for a weekend of turkey hunting. A portion of the proceeds from this event will help fund research, education and habitat projects that benefit the state’s game and nongame species as well as improve Hulett’s community center.

“Wyoming is home to more than 600 different species of wildlife, and it’s the Foundation’s mission to help finance on-the-ground projects that conserve these precious resources,” said Craig Showalter, president and CEO the Wyoming Community Foundation. “To help us meet our fundraising goals, we welcome the support of companies and organizations that share our passion for wildlife conservation and education.”

Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation funded 17 projects in 2011 including the Fathers in the Field Outdoor Mentoring Program. Through this program, outdoor enthusiasts from local churches were paired with fatherless boys to provide one-on-one training in a variety of outdoor skills and activities. Other Foundation projects included a Wildlife/Livestock Friendly Fencing Initiative and the Nature Mapping Jackson Hole: Citizen Project, where trained citizen scientists observe and record when and where they see wildlife.

Fun and fundraising will go hand in hand at the Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot. Guests will enjoy a first-class event consisting of two days of turkey hunting in northeast Wyoming, home to Devils Tower. Western hospitality will be provided by the Greater Hulett Community Center, a nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the former Hulett School into a community center. Hulett residents will help coordinate guides, lodging, meals and transportation. During the event, local landowners will offer hunting opportunities on private land where only guided hunts are traditionally allowed. Auctions, dinners and a host of other activities are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Find more information about the Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot and Wyoming Wildlife –The Foundation.

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