Stories of outdoor adventures in Wyoming from our Conservation Ambassadors, members, and friends of Wyoming Wildlife Federation.
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Wyoming Wildlife Federation aims to build and sustain a network of local Conservation Ambassadors and affiliated groups and clubs, that are active in regional conservation issues and projects. By educating and empowering a base of advocates on conservation policy, we strive to convene diverse groups in constructive dialog over policy and science. Our work will engage Wyoming communities by offering them opportunities to connect in the outdoors and have an understanding of wildlife and conservation, fostering a culture of sportsmen conservationist in Wyoming.
These ambassadors are local Wyoming people willing to go the extra mile for conservation by advocating on causes they care about. They are moms and dads, electricians and real estate agents, Wyoming natives and recent locals who all love Wyoming’s wildlife and wild places and want to advocate on their behalf.
Annually, WWF brings these folks together at Conservation Ambassador gatherings where we discuss how we can help each other. The Ambassadors share major ideas for how best to increase hunting and angling opportunities, host local events, and pass good wildlife policy.
Each year, WWF also hosts an advocacy training and lobbying day with our Ambassadors called Camo at the Capitol. Sportsmen and sportswomen come for a half-day training and legislative update followed by a trip to the capitol to lobby on actual bills. The pinnacle of the Camo at the Capitol event is the Wyoming Sportsmen’s Legislative Reception that evening. Last year over 150 people attended the reception including Governor Gordon and the President of the Senate.
These Ambassadors are empowered hunters and anglers with incredible skills, networks, and an opportunity to effectively make their voices heard. These volunteers are increasing the influence of hunters and anglers on conservation policy and resulting in positive policy change for wildlife and habitat.
Do you have boots-on-the-ground projects you would like to see accomplished? Would you like to expand outdoor education in your community? The Federation also provides expertise and staff to help bring these kinds of ambassador ideas to life.
What do ambassadors receive?
Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Ambassador program empowers hunters and anglers across the state to influence wildlife and conservation policy.
Field to table is an essential component of Sydni’s life, from the game they harvest to the produce they grow, she utilizes everything in multiple ways. While Sydni’s passion is the outdoors, she currently works as an RN, and spends her days off hunting or fishing and helping on the farm growing crops to sell at the local farmers market.
She shared her passion with her dad in more recent years and was able to assist him in harvesting his first antelope since his cancer remission. She also got her younger sister
interested in hunting and fishing and helped with her first antelope and whitetail harvests.
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In college, Jake studied Agriculture at Austin Peay State University. While living the college life he took a step back from his outdoor pursuits. Eventually he began to notice something was missing, and after spending nearly an entire winter break in the woods, it be came clear to him what it was. Immediately he rekindled his love for the outdoors and his desire for experience and knowledge burned hotter than ever. He then grew stir crazy and decided to put his college plans on hold and move to Wyoming in pursuit of wild places and endless opportunity.
Jake currently works for Lander Llama Company and helps guide summer trips in the Wind River Mountains. He plans to attend the University of Wyoming in the Fall of 2023 studying wildlife biology and management, so that he can devote his life to wildlife and wild places.
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Annie has lived in several places throughout the state but now resides in her hometown of Cody with her family. While Annie has always loved the outdoors and has been fishing for many years, she didn’t start hunting until she was an adult. After becoming a mother and seeing the importance of teaching her sons where food comes from, she decided to give hunting a try and has officially gone “all in.” Annie has fully immersed herself into the hunting/angling lifestyle which has shown her the importance of conserving wild places. Being a conservation ambassador for WWF means knowing her advocacy and donations are going to science-based efforts to protect our beautiful state’s precious resources. Annie hopes that through conservation efforts, her sons’ generation and future generations are able to enjoy the outdoor opportunities that she has been so fortunate to experience.
I think Wyoming is worth fighting for and that’s why I decided to team up with Wyoming Wildlife Federation, the oldest sportsmen organization in the state. I had looked at a few different organizations but landed on WWF. They had great coverage on hunting and some amazing staff that truly cared for Wyoming conservation and I could see that. I wanted to lend my time and energy with fishing and water conservation as that is my passion and something that I think can be increased in Wyoming conservation discussions. I appreciate WWF’s efforts and look forward to lending my hand and rod to the fight for Wyoming’s fisheries, habitat and wildlife.
The per capita wildlife population, miles of trout stream, and acreage of public land in Wyoming is astonishing. My weekend and vacation escapades chasing turkeys, deer, elk and trout have been incredibly successful, beautiful and fulfilling. The landscapes we are blessed with in Wyoming are something we are obligated to hold dear and protect. The opportunity to explore is incomparable to other states I've inhabited - in my first Wyoming summer I stripped streamers and laid out dry flies in dozens of streams across the state, catching more trout than I had in my entire life. My first fall here I chased elk and deer in the Snowy, Sierra Madre, Bighorn, Absaroka, Wind, and Wyoming Range mountains.
My goal as a Conservation Ambassador for WWF is to contribute to recruiting new outdoorsmen and women, assist habitat projects wherever possible, and improve the conservation education of both myself and the Wyoming community. My career with Trout Unlimited provides an incredible opportunity to work in conservation of our watersheds, and WWF provides an opportunity to work on other wildlife issues and projects outside of my professional life.
Her love for the outdoors led her to receive her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wyoming in Wildlife & Fisheries Ecology and Management in 2019, and she is currently working towards her Masters, focused on Wildlife Disease Biology.
Through both her studies and time spent outdoors, she has learned the importance of not only working to conserve our wildlife, habitat, and outdoor heritage herself, but also the value of sharing what she can with others. Her goal as a Conservation Ambassador for WWF is to bridge the gap between scientists and outdoorsmen and women and to advocate conservation and sustainability.
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Codee’s appreciation of the hard work and the knowledge that her parents both displayed growing up with hunting, processing meat, and cooking the meat has led her to a passion for mentoring others and making sure our finest resources are respected and valued. It has catapulted her into wanting to help others who may not otherwise be afforded the opportunity to have a mentor for hunting or just enjoying the outdoors. She also has been able to pass down the knowledge she was given to her children.
She is involved in The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt and Hunting with Heroes of Wyoming. She recently collaborated with The Bowhunters of Wyoming, which her father is president of, and helped bring disabled veterans from Florida to do an amazing antelope hunt in the Red Desert. Codee enjoys her involvement with Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF) as an ambassador for all of those interested in beautiful Wyoming outdoors whether it be advising on fishing holes, hiking trails, visiting local legislators, or helping fundraise for the many great projects WWF is involved with.
“The outdoors brings such a raw emotion out in people that they sometimes never have discovered, I absolutely love seeing that come out in others and then them returning to it over and over again.” -Codee
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It was after his maiden pheasant hunt with a close friend and mentor that Sam discovered his passion for bird hunting and gun dogs. Modeling this experience Sam adopted a Weimaraner shortly thereafter and set about training Bandit primarily utilizing his library card and a few online videos.
In May of 2017, Sam packed up his career, guns and dog and moved to central Wyoming to follow his love of hunting and his pursuit of open, public lands. Wyoming quickly became his home as he spent the summer hiking and fishing along the Winds, taking in the beauty of the west. His passion for hunting and conservation comes as a result of growing up without these spaces. As a result, he is always sharing his pursuit of wing shooting and the importance of conservation with new hunters. Sam’s love for cooking of wild game keeps his boots laced and on the ground, with a scattergun in his hands. Whether it’s the high plains sage brush or the rocky hills outside of Jackson, Sam can be found chasing birds with his favorite hunting partner, Bandit.
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Being a part of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation gives Kolten a platform to be the voice for the next generation, hopefully giving them the same opportunities that he was so fortunate to have. He wants to preserve the way of life that is so important to him. For Kolten, future conservation begins with education and community.
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As a professional skier for the past decade, Griffin has been the beneficiary of public lands his entire career. Furthermore, he’s spent the majority of his time with stakeholders that are sometimes viewed as at odds—philosophically or politically—with hunters and anglers. Now equally comfortable talking bullet weight as crampon weight, Griffin can whole heartedly say that perceived division is an illusion. Our communities are largely all after the same thing: protecting public lands and ensuring access for future generations.
Griff acknowledges that each user-group sometime sees the other as a threat rather than an ally. He would venture to guess, however, if one takes the time to understand the other, to talk to them, these concerns would evaporate. Griffin joins the WWF Conservation Ambassadors to aide in that conversation and, hopefully, be a catalyst for better understanding, communication and action for the betterment of public lands, recreation, and wildlife.
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Craig lives in Lander, WY with his wife Anika and pup Juno.
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He chose to get involved with Wyoming Wildlife Federation because science-based conservation is an effective strategy in guaranteeing healthy wildlife populations. Organizations like WWF continue to fight for conservation by being the eyes and ears for citizens and the government. The preservation of hunting as a pastime and the conservation of wildlife is what will keep our state authentic.
Each Program that Wyoming Wildlife Federation runs affects a variety of different conservation Issues. Click on an Issue to find out more about it.