Cynthia Vannoy's Bio

Hi. My name is Cynthia Vannoy. I was born and raised on a ranch near Clearmont , Wyoming . Since I was very little, I have been involved with hunting. My father and uncle guided eastern hunters for mule deer and antelope on our 20,000 acres of rangeland during the late 50s and early 60s. I married a hunter in 1978, and we continued to guide and hunt on the ranch, now reduced to 5,000 acres, due to my uncle passing away and selling his share to his nephew. During those years, my husband and I hunted in England , Jackson Hole and the Wyoming Red Desert . He operated a taxidermy shop for several years, and I helped him with the business. We raised two children, a boy, and a girl, now both adults. My son is a dedicated hunter/fisherman, hunting with both bow and rifle. He recently took a Pope and Young pronghorn antelope on our land. My daughter hunts, but not quite as much.
In 2003, I divorced my husband and took over the outfitting business, which I now operate under the name A Bar V Outfitting. The A Bar V being my cattle brand which was once my uncle’s and I now live on the family ranch.  I now work for Hartman Taxidermy in Sheridan, Wyoming and enjoy seeing the trophy heads that come into the shop. I recently mounted a deer head, and it didn't turn out too bad. I am trying to think of ways to incorporate WomenHunters into my hunting business.

I have hunted Roe deer, Muntjac and Fallow deer in England; elk, moose, Mule deer, Whitetail deer, Pronghorn antelope, small game and birds in Wyoming; and ducks in South Dakota.

One year I hunted with the Lady Diana’s, a ladies bow hunting group in Wyoming. I hope to hunt Scotland someday.

I have written for Petersen’s Hunting, Blade Magazine, Knives Illustrated, Western Outdoors, and Wyoming Wildlife. I was on the staff of a now defunct hunting newspaper, the Wyoming Outdoor Reporter.


I was glad to find the WomenHunter’s website and hope to be an active staff member. Keep up the good work encouraging and supporting women hunters.

Articles by Cynthia Vannoy

Stalking Pronghorn With a Camera


Animal Revenge?

Suburban Wildlife

Pets and Wildlife in Winter

Wilderness Areas

Father’s Day Gifts For the Hunting Father

How Ranchers Help Wildlife

Valentine Gifts for Women Hunters

Teaching Our Daughters to Hunt

Mid-Day Mulies

You Don’t Need a 300 Mag. For a Western Hunt

Making the Most of Your Guided Hunt

Judging Mule Deer in the Field

Choosing a Taxidermist

New Directions In Taxidermy

Family Hunts

Lady Diana's Wyoming Pronghorn Bowhunt

Fortification Elk Hunt

Bobcat Hunting, Wyoming Style

Book Review: In Defense of Hunting

Book Review: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting

Christmas Gifts for Women Hunters

Expand Your ‘Hunting Season’ with a Camera

How to Spend a Weekend

Reflections of a Woman Hunter