The Wyoming Game Wardens Association was formed in 1973 for the purpose of furnishing a medium for good fellowship and loyalty to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and fellow officers, effectively maintaining the wildlife resources of the State, promoting a more efficient and able force of wardens and to meet our responsibilities and problems collectively. The Association is classified as a nonprofit charitable organization for tax purposes.
Since 1985, the Wyoming Game Wardens Association has had the ability to provide financial assistance to various charitable organizations, programs designed to enhance outdoor awareness to school age children, research designed to improve wildlife law enforcement, handicapped hunter assistance, scholarship programs and memorial funds. Total contributions have exceeded $400,000 since 1985.
Membership to the Wyoming Game Wardens Association is comprised of all commissioned Wyoming Game and Fish Department law enforcement officers (88), retired officers and associate members. Current membership is now at 185.
MISSION OF THE WGWA
To promote and perpetuate the traditions, duty, responsibilities and role of the Wyoming Game Warden. To advocate the continued status of the Game Warden position as a multi-purpose wildlife professional serving as a law enforcement officer, wildlife manager and liaison between wildlife constituents and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. To honor those who have served before by upholding applicable traditions and developing new methods to address evolving environments and constituents. To advocate for the continued development and advancement of the wildlife investigative unit and those officers who serve on the unit. To advocate through it’s membership, the concept of sustaining the honor, respect and reputation of the Wyoming Game Warden and all Wyoming Game & Fish Law Enforcement Officers through service to wildlife and the people of the State of Wyoming.
December 7, 2016
Well, it has been a year since I took over the responsibilities as the President of the Wyoming Game Wardens Association and I'm still blown away with how much our members do on a daily, monthly and yearly time frame. The members are becoming more ingrained within their communities by helping, mentoring and providing assistance with younger children, wounded warriors and community projects, which shows the Game Warden position is not a career but more of a life style. It makes me think how many times has a Game Warden just started to sit down and eat dinner with their family (which is seldom enough) and receive a call about an injured animal or some wildlife violation occurring at that very moment? I know for myself it has been several times this year alone I have been called out at dinner time and my wife just shakes her head and says dinner will be warm when you get back, not realizing I will not be home till after midnight. It makes me think of all the wives, husbands, children, and significant others who have sacrificed being without their partners, fathers or mothers. I want to thank the spouses, children and significant others for having the patience and understanding of how important our jobs are and understand our jobs are governed by serving the people and wildlife of Wyoming. Most of the time, we do not have the luxury of picking our schedules because of being on duty/call twenty-four seven.
A while ago, it was brought to my attention the spouse gets used to the Warden being gone all the time and when the Warden retires the spouse can't get rid of them, the spouse being so used to the Warden not being around. Itâ€™s almost like they are starting to date again and get used to each other all over. I hope that Wardens' are taking time to be with their spouses, children and significant others so they do not lose that bond and familiarization with each other. I encourage Warden's to take the time to go to their children's extra activities and spend some time with them. Remember, your family is your support system and if you do not take care of them you can't do your job to the best of your ability.
Representative Bill Haley (retired Game Warden) spoke at our annual banquette this last April and he was very informative about the interactions of the legislature. His talk opened my eyes on to how much the legislature does and the process of the how the bills are presented. It also amazed me how strict the formal process was to introduce bills, speaking to the committees and speaking on the floor. Also, how much time is spent reviewing the bills they are asked to vote on. There were 293 House Bills, 172 Senate File bills, 11 House Joint bills and 9 Senate Joint bills presented at the 2017 Legislative session. Thank you, Representative Bill Haley, for taking the time and talking to the Association, and for stepping up and leading our state!
The NAWEOA meeting will be in Cheyenne on July 15th through July 19th 2018 at Little America. We have been working on getting the schedule and programs lined out for the meeting and we can still use some assistance. If you are willing to help out please give Jason Sherwood a call so he can get you steered in the right direction where we need the help.
Kelly Todd - North Laramie Game Warden
PRESIDENT – Kelly Todd – North Laramie Game Warden
VICE PRESIDENT – Daniel Beach – West Casper Game Warden
SECRETARY – David Elsworth – Wheatland Game Warden
TREASURER – John Demaree – Laramie Investigator
EXECUTIVE OFFICER – Bill Robertson – Greybull Game Warden
REGION 1 DIRECTOR – James Hobbs – Afton Game Warden
REGION 2 DIRECTOR – Dan Smith – Cody Access Warden
REGION 3 DIRECTOR – Dustin Kirsch – South Gillette Game Warden
REGION 4 DIRECTOR – Allen Deru – Mountain View Game Warden
REGION 5 DIRECTOR – Bill Brinegar – South Laramie Game Warden
REGION 6 DIRECTOR – Teal Joseph – West Rawlins Game Warden
REGION 7 DIRECTOR – Jake Kettley – East Casper Game Warden
NAWEOA/WLEA MEMORIAL – Aaron Kerr
Historian – John Stephens
Parades – Brian Baker
Retirement – Bill Robertson
Legislative – Daniel Beach, Dustin Kirsch
Health Insurance – Aaron Kerr
Compensation – Aaron Kerr
Poach Coach – Rod Lebert, Gary Boyd
Web Site – Dustin Kirsch, Aaron Kerr, John Demaree
Fallen Officer – Daniel Beach, Gary Boyd
Facebook – Jason Sherwood
Honor Guard – Daniel Beach
Mailing Address: WGWA, P.O. Box 1241, Laramie, WY 82073
Email Address: WyGameWardensAssoc@gmail.com
New Green River Game Wardens Rob Shipe (left) and Justin Dodd (right) qualify
with their shotguns.
Game Warden Dave Hays (right in camo) instructs Green River Wildlife Supervisor Steve DeCecco and Cokeville Game Warden Neil Hymas.
The Southwest Chapter of Muley Fanatics Foundation donated ten Mossberg inert firearms to be used to teach students proper firearms handling. The guns cannot fire ammunition, but dummy ammo rounds may be loaded. The cost of the two gun sets was $3,000.00! Thank you Muley Fanatics! Photo left, left to right: David Munoz, Aaron Logan, Dan Stanton, Chris Steffen, Don Cuthbertson, Kevin Spence, and Green River Wildlife Supervisor Steve DeCecco. (photo left)
Lovell Game Warden James Hobbs attended the Lovell Health and Safety fair to teach residents about boating safety and the importance of wearing a personal flotation device while on the water.
Green River Game Wardens Rob Shipe (left) and Justin Dodd (right) check anglers on Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Green River Wildlife Management Coordinator Mark Zornes, Evanston Game Warden Nick Roberts, and Kemmerer Game Warden Chris Baird conducted a horse care and familiarization training, including riding and packing, for our game warden trainees in June on the Fontenelle Face. Pictured at left are Chris, Nick, Robb Shipe and Justin Dodd.
North Gillette Game Warden Brooke Weaver (photo below) helps a couple young ladies identify furs at
Gillette's 125th Year Celebration.
Dubois Game Warden Brian Baker in the field.
Moorcroft Game John Davis investigates the area north of Gillette where a 5X6 buck mule deer was shot with a firearm during the archery season.
Tough Duty – South Jackson Game Warden Kyle Lash strikes out across Jackson Lake with his trusty dog Jax to check ice fishermen.
Game wardens Todd Graham and Kyle Lash Lash (Left) and Jackson feed ground manager Dave Hyde stand at the gate the elk were supposed to go through as they discuss how the elk eluded them.
Medicine Bow Game Warden Jake Kettley served as a judge for the Carbon County School District Science Fair in January. Kettley judged the 7th grade division and said he could not believe the complexity of some of the projects and was very impressed with them. Photo courtesy of Liz Wood/Saratoga Sun.
Rock Springs Game Warden Dave Hays and Regional Wildlife Supervisor Steve DeCecco at a recent public meeting.
South Pinedale Game Warden Jordan Kraft (front) and Pinedale Wildlife Biologist Dean Clause count elk from a horse-drawn haysled as it passes by the herd at the Muddy Creek feed ground south of Boulder.
Game wardens Chris Baird (left), Neil Hymas (middle), and Andy Countryman hold elk antlers confiscated after they were collected illegally during the closed shed antler gathering season in 2014.
Greybull Game Warden Bill Robertson steadies one of 25 bighorn sheep captured from Hunt Area 12 as Access Coordinator Dan Smith prepares an ear tag.
Dubois Game Warden Brian Baker and volunteers help capture, sample, collar and release bighorn sheep on Sacajawea Ridge on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Greybull Wildlife Biologist Leslie Schreiber, Lovell Game Warden James Hobbs, and Rawlins Game Warden Brady Frude release the sheep into the Seminoe Mountains.
Warden Lash and Jackson Wildlife Coordinator Doug Brimeyer prepare to reverse the tranquilizer drug and release the moose.
PLPW Coordinator Troy Tobiasson teaching a Hunter Education class in Kaycee.
Green River Region biologists, game wardens and local volunteers shovel snow off the patrol cabin roof near La Barge, Wyoming. The shovelers also enjoyed a snowmobile trip. Someone has to do it! :)
(Both photos above)
Jackson Game warden, Kyle Lash, visits with a group of ice fishermen on Jackson Lake.
Lander Game Warden Brady Frude with students
Picture provided by Silver Fox Imaging: Brady Frude carrying a bighorn ewe with Greg Hiatt and Hank Edwards in tow.
Thermopolis game warden Benge Brown, examines the leaders on a sagebrush to determine the percent utilization.
PLPW Coordinator Troy Tobiasson (photo at left) shows black bear claws to event participants.
Green River Regional Supervisor Steve DeCecco assisting a hunter education class.
Elk Mountain Game Warden Ryan Kenneda conducting Telemetry work.
North Jackson Game Warden Jon Stephens steadies a recently collared elk before her release.
Green River Game Warden Andy Roosa teaching hunter education.
Buffalo Access Warden Troy Tobiasson conducting a necropsy.
Warden Coordinator Scott Werbelow overlooking the Medicine Lodge Wildlife Habitat Unit.
North Riverton Warden Julien visits with Wyoming Cowboy Tough Adventure race team on Boysen Reservoir.
Lander Warden Brad Hovinga scouting the landscape.
Green River Game Wardens Dillon Herman and Andy Roosa assist Green River Wildlife Biologist Patrick Burke in checking in a Bighorn Sheep.
Law Enforcement Coordinator Aaron Kerr classifying antelope near Casper.
Green River Game Warden Dillon Herman conducting watercraft inspections on Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Kyle Lash (left) and Jon Stephens (right) brave the weather at Hurricane Pass while doing bighorn sheep surveys on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
Big Piney Game Warden Adam Hymas being filmed for a pilot show on Animal Planet.
North Riverton Game Warden Jessica Beecham checking a hunting license.
East Casper Game Warden Cody Bish removing a Great Horned Owl which had a trap on its left foot and became tangled in a tree.
Kemmerer Access Warden Andy Countryman teaching Hunter Education.
Saratoga Game Warden Biff Burton checks deer hunters.
Torrington Game Warden Rob Hipp preparing pheasants for release.
South Pinedale Game Warden Jordan Kraft investigating a mule deer poaching.
Worland Game Warden Matt Lentch with a Loon rescued near Worland.
Jeff Smith, Laramie Supervisor
East Rawlins Game Warden Brady Frude with a young Bobcat kitten.
South Jackson Game Warden Kyle Lash, pauses in front of the North Fork of the Buffalo Falls.
North Jackson Game Warden Jon Stephens checks in a Mountain Goat from area 2.
Access Coordinator Dan Smith fixing signs in the Copper Mountain Hunter Management Area.
Elk Mountain Game Warden Ryan Kenneda with the head of 6x7 Mule Deer that poached near Elk Mountain.
Torrington Game Warden Rob Hipp with a tranquilized Bighorn Sheep.
Worland Game Warden Matt Lentch with 88 dead mallards retrieved from a warm water ditch south of Manderson.
Laramie Wildlife Biologist Lee Knox and Game Warden Jackie Otto prepare to take off.
Game wardens and biologists 2008 Horse Training graduate class, Douglas, Wyoming
1959 Game Wardens
Winter Condition Survey with Casper Game Warden Matt Withroder and Laramie Game Wardens Bill Haley and Kelly Todd
Kaycee Game Warden Kyle Lash Checking a Pronghorn Hunter
Wheatland Game Warden Craig Smith darting a nuisance black bear near Guernsey
Elk Mountain Game Warden Ryan Kenneda checking elk hunters in a snowstorm
Saratoga Game Warden Biff Burton and Biologist Will Schultz with a tranquilized cougar
Casper Game Warden Daniel Beach relocating a nuisance black bear
Thermopolis Game Warden Benge Brown horseback on the Wood River
Lovell Game Warden James Hobbs and Cody Access Game Warden Dan Smith collecting evidence
Meeteetsee Game Warden Jim Olson and his mule