Big Horn Armory (BHA) will donate $3,500 to the Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF) for November’s Pay it Forward program

The BHA donation will go towards WWF’s Hunters for the Hungry program to help educate hunters on how they can participate in the program and teach them how to donate meat to H4H for food insecure communities.

Big Horn Armory (BHA), manufacturers of large-caliber firearms, will donate $3,500 to the Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF) to help support their Hunters for the Hungry (H4H) program. This donation will help educate hunters on how they can participate in the program and teach them how to donate meat to H4H for Food Insecure Communities.

“Since partnering with WWF in 2020, we have been able to donate $8,500 which has been used to educate hunters and support donating meat to food insecure families within Wyoming. We are happy to be working with such a worthy cause that helps impact our fellow Wyoming citizens,” said Greg Buchel, Big Horn Armory President.

WWF’s H4H Program began in the fall of 2018. H4H looks to deepen its hunter giving with its amazing partner processors in Lander and Jackson, WY in the future. In the last four years, more than 14,100 meals have been donated through the program to food insecure communities.

“The continued support of Big Horn Armory and its clients is immense for WWF’s ability to communicate within the Hunters for the Hungry network. We have been able to reach more hunters in specific locations about this opportunity to donate game meat thanks to previous support from the Big Horn Armory,” said Joy Bannon, executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation.

He went on to say, “We are excited to continue this program with those who make it possible on the ground, like our collaboration with Hole Food Rescue in Jackson, and excited to reach out to more hunters to educate them about this program. Sets the stage for better game meat donations in the future. Thank you for what you do for Wyoming.”

The H4H program was created to connect hunters and meat processors with food charities to provide high-quality nutrition to community members in need. This program is built on a base of conservation managers looking to give back to local communities by sharing the harvest and cultivating meaningful connections throughout Wyoming.

All meat is taken to a local processor in the state of Wyoming, where portions of donated game meat must be marked “wild game”, “not for sale” and marked with a donated sticker or seal. Mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk or elk are all potential carriers of CWD and must be tested before being donated. All antelope, bison, ibex, and bighorn sheep may be donated without testing. Email [email protected] to receive a CWD test kit.

All hunters must prepare their harvest in the field as they normally would and cool the carcass as soon as possible to prevent the meat from spoiling. Make sure you have all necessary license and tag information accompanying the animal at the time of processing. If the crop is a potential carrier of CWD, be sure to remove a lymph node sample and take it to a control station or regional Fish and Game office to submit for testing. Hunters can donate portions of their harvest after the entire animal has been processed by specifying how many pounds of meat they would like contributed at the time of pickup. The other option is to donate a whole animal for processing. Hunters are responsible for paying for processing. After processing, all portions of donated game meat must be marked “wild game,” “not for sale,” and “CD free,” if applicable. Local partners then distribute the donated meat to those in need.

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About the Big Horn Armory:

Big Horn Armory was founded in 2008 with the express intention of designing a Browning-type lever action weapon chambered in 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. Big Horn Armory’s American-made Model 89 closely follows the work of John Browning with refinements courtesy of modern metalworking and machining capabilities. The first rifles began shipping in September 2012, and since then, BHA has added to its large-bore lineup a Model 90 Carbine in 460 S&W, Model 90A in 454 Casull, Model 90B in .45 Colt, Model 89A in 500 Linebaugh and the Model 89B in .475 Linebaugh. In 2017, Big Horn Armory departed from its lever-action series and developed the AR500 Auto Max, the most powerful short-range semi-auto based on an AR .308 platform.