BHA’s donation will go to the WWF’s Hunters for the Hungry Program to help provide 2,300 wild game meals to food-insecure families during this holiday season.
Cody, Wyo. (December 2021) – Big Horn Armory (BHA), makers of big-bore firearms, will be donating $2,000 to the Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF) to help support its Hunters for the Hungry Program (H4H). This donation will go toward the costs incurred by processing and results in nearly 2,300 donated wild game meals for food-insecure families within Wyoming.
“For the second year in a row, we are happy to donate a portion of our November sales proceeds to help out our community in Wyoming during the holiday season. This guarantees that more Wyoming citizens will get a healthy wild game meal during this most wonderful time of the year,” 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 14,100 meals have been donated through the program to food-insecure families in these counties and the Wind River Reservation.
“We cannot thank Big Horn Armory enough for their Pay It Forward campaign going to the Wyoming Wildlife Federation this year. Big Horn Armory serves as such a great role model for local Wyoming companies giving back to the community around them. Their donation goes right back into the work that supports people in need with Hunters for the Hungry, a program that is crucial during this time of year. Thanks again to Greg and his team for their donation to the Federation,” 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.
About Big Horn Armory:
Big Horn Armory was founded in 2008 with the expressed intention of designing a Browning-type lever-action gun chambered in 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. The Big Horn Armory Model 89, made in America, closely follows the work of John Browning with refinements courtesy of modern metallurgy and machining capabilities. The first rifles began shipping in September of 2012 and since then, BHA has added to their big bore lineup with a Model 90 Carbine in 460 S&W, the Model 90A in 454 Casull, the Model 90B in .45 Colt, the Model 89A in 500 Linebaugh and the Model 89B in .475 Linebaugh. In 2017, Big Horn Armory took a departure from its lever-action series and developed the AR500 Auto Max, the most powerful short-range, semi-auto based on an AR .308 platform.
About Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry Program:
The Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry Program was created to connect hunters and meat processors with charitable food organizations to provide high-quality nutrition to community members in need. This program builds on a foundation of conservation stewards and meat processors who are looking to give back to local communities by sharing the harvest and further cultivating meaningful connections across Wyoming.
For more information on specific participating processors and organizations, please visit https://wyomingwildlife.org/hunters-for-the-hungry/.