Through the support of Governor Mark Gordon’s Office, Wyoming Outdoor Recreation, Casper Shooters Club and Visit Casper host the sixth annual Magpul Wyoming Governor’s Match in Casper, Wyoming at the Stuckenhoff Shooting Sports Complex Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31.
This national-level shooting sports competition has become a tradition, bringing together spectators, firearms industry organizations, legislatures, and other elected officials to interact with some of the world’s greatest competition shooters!
“I look forward to attending this exciting event each summer,” said Governor Mark Gordon. “This annual shooting match is one way we recognize the importance of the safe and proficient use of firearms while also honoring Wyoming’s forever commitment to the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.”
To date, over 150 competitors from across the country have registered to participate in this annual, coveted event. Not only does this high-level shooting competition provide an exciting opportunity for recreational shooters and spectators, but it is also a lucrative event for Casper and the surrounding communities as its hundreds of visitors help to boost our local and state economies with additional travel and tourism dollars.
Wyoming Outdoor Recreation recognizes the importance of hunting and shooting sports in the outdoor recreation economy. In 2020, U.S. data shows that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for $374.3 billion of current-dollar gross domestic product for the nation with hunting and shooting sports contributing over $9 billion. At the state level, outdoor recreation accounted for 3.4% of Wyoming’s gross domestic product with hunting and shooting sports ranked as our fourth highest contributing activity.
“Outdoor recreation is a major part of the Wyoming economy and way of life. Shooting sports play a big role in this in Wyoming, and we are excited to celebrate that in Casper this year,” said Patrick Harrington, Manager of Wyoming’s Office of Outdoor Recreation.
Competitors will begin shooting Friday, July 29 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., on Saturday, July 30, from 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., and conclude on Sunday, July 31, from 7:30 a.m.-12:30p.m.
Members of the public are welcome to join us to watch competitors shoot throughout the competition weekend free of admission. Please note there will not be food and beverage vendors onsite.
To highlight the economic benefits of outdoor recreation and shooting events such as this, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Wyoming Outdoor Recreation will host a Legislative Hunting & Shooting Sports Panel on Saturday, July 30, at 12:30 p.m. giving legislators and other elected officials the opportunity to discuss the importance of growing hunting and shooting sports with each other and members of the public. This event will also be open to the public free of admission at the Wyoming State Parks and Outdoor Recreation event tent.
This event is part of a broader effort by Wyoming’s Office of Outdoor Recreation to diversify Wyoming’s economy. Established by the recommendation of the 2017 Governor’s Outdoor Recreation Task Force, Wyoming Outdoor Recreation aims to expand, enhance, and promote responsible recreational opportunities through collaboration, outreach, and coordination with stakeholders, landowners, private industry, and public officials.