Membership Update: As of June 31, the WY chapter has 1,000 members, this is up from 724 in January.
- Weatherby: On June 12th, BHA, Filson,and Black Tooth Brewing Co hosted a Campfire Storytelling Event to celebrate Weatherby's grand opening. We had a great line-up of speakers including Adam Weatherby, Luke Thorkildsen, Cindy Barlow, Sam Lockwood, Jared Oaklead and Jessi Johnson. Around 200 people came out for the fun, and we signed up 55 members. The Wyoming chapter was also invited to attend and participate in the continued Weatherby grand opening the following day, and we raffled off two firearms generously donated by the Weatherby team. We're thrilled to have Weatherby in Wyoming and look forward to working with them for years to come!
- Disease Work Shop: The Wyoming chapter partnered with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to host a Chronic Wasting Disease Workshop on Friday, August 9th in Jackson and August 29th in Laramie. WGFD discussed everything wildlife disease related and walked us through the process of removing lymph nodes from deer and elk. We, as hunters, have a unique opportunity to help actively support CWD management in Wyoming, so let’s make it happen!
- · AccessYes Donation: The Wyoming chapter presented a check for $3000 to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in support of the AccessYes program at the July commission meeting. This popular access program provided access to 2,670,173 acres of land for hunting and fishing in Wyoming in 2018. We remain committed to supporting this terrific access program.
Chapter leaders in the Jackson region partnered with the Bridger-Teton National Forest to initiate an effort to clean up garbage from recreational shooting sites on National Forest land. A group of BHA members volunteered and picked up 700 pounds of shooting trash at one popular shooting site in May. Chapter leaders also helped teach an Introduction to Fly Fishing Course at the Orvis store in Jackson. The course covered the basics of fly fishing from casting to fly selection and included a discussion on the work of BHA in Wyoming.
Lastly, the chapter partnered with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Melvin Brewing Company to host a Chronic Wasting Disease workshop to raise awareness about CWD and let hunters know how they can help monitor the disease. The workshop included a demonstration by state biologists showing how to collect CWD samples from harvested deer and elk in the field to submit for testing.