From Nov. 1 – 30, 2021, five percent of all net proceeds of purchases made from Big Horn Armory’s website will be donated to the WWF’s Hunters for the Hungry Program to help feed food-insecure families during this holiday season.
Big Horn Armory (BHA), makers of big-bore firearms, is pleased to announce it has partnered with the Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF)for the second year in a row for the Pay it Forward campaign to help support WWF’s Hunters for the Hungry Program (H4H). From Nov. 1 – 30, 2021, five percent of all net proceeds from any sale made from the BHA website will be donated to WWF’s H4H program. This donation will help to offset the costs of processing donated game meat, which will then be distributed to local food banks, pantries, and other food services within Wyoming.
“Last year we were able to donate $3,000 that was used to process meals for donation to food-insecure families within Wyoming, and this year our goal is higher. We are excited to work with the WWF’s Hunters for the Hungry Program again to help ensure that even more Wyoming residents will get healthy meals,” commented Greg Buchel, president of Big Horn Armory.
WWF’s H4H Program began in the fall of 2018. It has grown from supporting two to four counties in 2020. The counties include Sheridan, Johnson, Teton, and Fremont and H4H is looking to deepen the hunter donations to those incredible partnering processors in the coming years. During the last three years, over 4,700 meals have been donated through the program to food-insecure families in these counties and the Wind River Reservation.
“This is the second year we have partnered with Big Horn Armory to help bring healthy wild game to families in need. It is great to see a Wyoming company supporting this crucial program and those in need,” commented Dwayne Meadows, executive director of WWF.
The H4H Program was created to connect hunters and meat processors with charitable food organizations to provide high-quality, nutritious food to community members in need. This program builds on a foundation of conservation stewards who look to give back to local communities by sharing the harvest and cultivating meaningful connections across Wyoming.
All meat is taken to a local processor in the state of Wyoming where portions of donated game meat must be marked as “wild game,” “not for sale,” and “CWD-Free” if it is a mule deer, whitetail deer, moose, or elk. All antelope, bison, and goat may be donated without testing.
All hunters must first prepare their harvest for processing in the field as usual. At this time, hunters will also pull and submit Chronic Wasting Disease samples to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Then, hunters bring the meat to a participating processor who will ask for licensing information and how much of the harvest, in pounds of meat, the hunter would like to donate (if not all). Finally, donors or the WWF pays for processing and after the meat is cut and wrapped, it is taken by WWF staff or distributing partners to local food banks, pantries, and other food services.