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More Pronghorn Than People

Hank Dahl, Sr., co-founder of the Lander One-Shot Antelope Hunt.

Photo: Hank Dahl, Sr., co-founder of the Lander One-Shot Antelope Hunt, undated. Harold Evans Papers.

In 1940, the first One-Shot Antelope Hunt took place on the opening day of the season near Lander. With the exception of a few years during World War II, the event has occurred each and every year since then. Founded by Harold Evans of Lander and Hank Dahl Sr. of Colorado, the hunt’s purpose is to take hunters back to a time when, because of technological limitations of weapons, it was rare to have more than one chance to take a shot.

Harold Evans, undated.

Photo: Harol Evans (1896-1983) co-founder of the Lander One-Shot Antelope Hunt, undated. Harold Evans Papers.

The One-Shot serves as a fund-raising platform for numerous conservation efforts, including the Water for Wildlife Foundation. The first competition was between Wyomingites vs. Coloradans. It has since expanded to include dignitaries, politicians, businessmen and noted personalities from around the nation and the world. Before the hunt, members of the Shoshone Tribe lead the Blessing of the Bullet. After the hunt they lead dances for the winners and losers.

Wyoming Governor Milward Simpson, 1956.

Photo: A successful hunt with one shot for Wyoming Governor Mlward Simpson, 1956. Milward Simpson Papers.

Wyoming Governor Jack Gage, joined by members of the Shoshone Tribe.

Photo: Joined by members of the Shoshone Tribe, Wyoming Governor Jack Gage addresses the audience of the One-Shot Antelope Hunt in 1962. Jack Gage Papers.

James Watt, 1982.

Photo: James Watt, 1982. "Two-Shot Watt" became the nickname of U.S. Secretary of the Interior James Watt after he missed his pronghorn with the first shot. James Watt Papers.

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