Wyoming Game and Fish education program able to purchase 19 rifles with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation grant

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Forever Wild Families received a $3,000 grant award from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for Hunting Heritage and Conservation Outreach, used to purchase 19 Ruger American rifles for the program. “The availability of high-quality equipment through the RMEF grant is a big contributor to the success of this recruitment program. We greatly appreciate RMEF’s donation and support of our efforts to educate and recruit new sportsmen and sportswomen. Passing on the hunting heritage benefits all wildlife management,” said Renny MacKay, Game and Fish Communications Director. Forever Wild Families is an education program that started in 2012, and provides a safe environment and patient mentors for those with little to no previous hunting or fishing experience. The Forever Wild Families program most recently expanded to the Laramie/Cheyenne area in 2014. About 40 families, totaling 174 individuals from Cheyenne, Cody, Lander, Laramie, Powell and Riverton, have participated in the program and approximately 80 percent of program participants continue to purchase hunting and/or fishing licenses after completing one year in the program. *Feature photo: WGFD/Pitchengine Communities * #shortgo #news