CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) \u2014 The coronavirus has prompted cancellation of a charity antelope hunt that has drawn teams of famous, powerful men to central Wyoming for over 75 years and now faces growing criticism that ceremonies tied to the event crudely and inaccurately appropriate Native American culture. The Lander One Shot Antelope Hunt has been held every year since 1944. Participants have included Roy Rogers, Peter Fonda, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Vice President Dick Cheney, 16 astronauts and the governors of 30 states. Wyoming\u2019s governors have participated in all but two hunts since 1954. This year, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon was planning to invite Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a fellow Republican, to be on his team, according to Gordon\u2019s office. The mid-September hunt has raised millions of dollars for conservation-oriented causes but lately has faced criticism for associated ceremonies in which politicians including former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat now running for U.S. Senate, have worn indigenous women\u2019s headscarves designating them as \u201closers\u201d of the event. Hickenlooper in 2018 wore a native headdress designating him a \u201cwinner\u201d of the hunt, Wyoming Public Radio reported recently. While the hunt takes place on the high plains \u2014 prime territory for social distancing \u2014 and rural Wyoming so far has escaped the worst of the virus outbreaks, banquets associated with the event draw hundreds of people. Meanwhile, several of this year's eight, three-man teams dropped out amid concern about traveling during the pandemic, said Vickie Hutchinson, a hunt organizer and executive director of the Water for Wildlife Foundation. \u201cIt may not have been a safe situation for everybody involved. That is why it\u2019s canceled,\u201d Hutchinson said Wednesday. \u201cIt\u2019s very sad that it has to be canceled but that is the decision that has to be made in the best interest of everybody.\u201d The hunt is the latest major outdoor event in Wyoming to fall victim to COVID-19. Cheyenne Frontier Days, a two-week rodeo and Western culture festival that would have wrapped up last weekend, also was called off at a cost of millions of dollars to the state capital economy. Teams in the hunt try to kill antelope with no more than one shot per animal. More accurately but less commonly known as pronghorn, they are North America\u2019s fastest land creature. The hunt over the years has raised $17 million for everything for wildlife conservation to college scholarships, student internships with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and rebuilding a Lander community center that burned, Hutchinson said. \u201cIt\u2019s a beautiful example of how sportsmen support conservation work,\u201d Hutchinson said. The hunt traces its origins to \u201crespect and admiration for Native American hunting skills\u201d such as the ability to kill big game with a single arrow, Hutchinson said. Only men take part in the hunt. A similar Wyoming Women's Antelope Hunt has been held in northern Wyoming since 2013. Defending his participation in the headdress ceremony, Hickenlooper told Wyoming Public Media that a \u201chunt chief\u201d put it on his head and \u201cwould have been offended\u201d had Hickenlooper refused, a characterization disputed by the Eastern Shoshone member who served as \u201chunt chief.\u201d Individual families have passed down practices associated with the hunt but the tribe doesn\u2019t sponsor, condone or participate in the hunt, Eastern Shoshone Business Council Vice-Chairwoman Karen Snyder told the radio station. The headscarf-wearing is a \u201cmockery,\u201d Snyder added. Gordon has called for the event to be held \u201cwith more cultural sensitivity.\u201d A group of Native American leaders and organizations has meanwhile called on Hickenlooper to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race for showing an \u201cunacceptable lack of judgement\u201d by participating in the events. Hickenlooper did not immediately return messages Wednesday seeking comment.