Sep 19, 2013 - By Eric Blom Staff WriterThe One Shot Antelope Hunt returns to Lander for the 70th time this week.
Born around a campfire in 1939, the event was first held in 1940 but was suspended for several years during World War II.
Politicians and businessmen will descend on Lander for a long weekend of shooting competitions and socializing culminating in the Saturday One Shot Antelope Hunt.
Gov. Matt Mead and former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney will be taking part as will a group of U.S. Armed Forces veterans.
Eight teams of three men each will take the field before dawn on Saturday. Hunters will have only one bullet to take a buck pronghorn.
The team who takes the most animals wins. In the case of a tie, the prize goes to the team who took the least time to make its kills.
Mead will lead the Wyoming team, which includes Cheney and U.S. attorney Tim Gist of Lander.
"It's a great honor to be selected to be on the Wyoming team," Gist said.
The Lander members of the Past Shooters, chose Gist to be the third member of the Wyoming team.
Gist was is the outgoing president of the One Shot Antelope Hunt board of directors, and when presidents' terms end, the Lander Past Shooters traditionally select them to be in the hunt.
The Wyoming governor historically is the captain of the state's team and chooses the second member.
Gist has hunted since he was a child, but this is his first One Shot.
"I just hope that we do well and everybody has a good time and is safe," Gist said. "We'll try our hardest to put some exes on the board."
An x indicates the hunter harvested an antelope with one shot and scored in the competition.
Three men involved in the Wounded Warriors project will also compete in the hunt. They are Jeffrey Sinchak, a Navy veteran who sustained several injuries, Army-veteran Dan McGoldrick and Chad Brumpton, who was injured by an improvised explosive device in Iraq.
Other teams include Marc Mondavi of the Robert Mondavi Winery, executives of gun manufacturing companies, doctors and other businessmen. Each hunter will be paired with a guide.
During the festivities, the Past Shooters club will also hold events.
Competitors, One Shot club members and past shooters will have a busy schedule.
Participants arrived in Lander Wednesday morning and have several events throughout the day. The first event open to the public was the Competitive Shooting and Cowboy Action Shooting competition at the Lander Valley Sportsmens Raage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public is also welcome to attend a live auction to benefit the Water for Wildlife conservation program at 8:15 p.m. Thursday.
This year's shooters will register and receive hunting licenses on Friday, and their sight-in from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Sinks Canyon will be open to the public.
Then, at 8 p.m. that day at City Park, the Legend of the Hunt and Blood Brothers Ceremony will be open to the public.
At the event, hunters hear the Legend of the Hunt and become blood brothers of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, according to the One Shot organization.
Each hunt participant also receives an Indian name and a medicine bag and has his bullet blessed.
Hunters arise at 4 a.m. the next morning to be on the hunting grounds at dawn. Two hunters from different teams and their guides form a hunting party.
Competitors have until 6 p.m. to harvest an animal, but cocktail hour starts at 4:30 p.m. At that time, hunters have a chance to explain their misses.
The whole group celebrates the winners at the Victory Banquet Saturday evening.
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