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.
Who are they?
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.
What do they do?
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.
Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Ambassador program empowers hunters and anglers across the state to influence wildlife and conservation policy.
When he’s not in the shop, Christian is typically spending time in the great outdoors with his wife, Megan, and dog, Kaia. They love to hike, climb, backpack, run, ski, hunt, etc. while photographing their adventures –– and as long as the weather in Wyoming holds up, you can bet your bottom dollar they’re outside exploring.
She spent a few years skiing and snowboarding in the winter and climbing and riding bikes in the summer, all over the state and the west. All the while, she kept feeling like something was … missing. Then she started tagging along when her husband went fishing and hunting. Shortly after, she stole one of his fishing rods and then forced him to let her field dress most of his elk that fall. That’s when Stina realized that this was the connection she had been missing. Suddenly, she was not just in nature, she was a part of my environment. No longer just a spectator, but a participant.
Now, she has a couple fishing rods of her own, a hunting rifle and a compound bow, and she spends large portions of the year with one in hand. Hunting season is her favorite part of the year. She cherishes those moments of sitting perfectly still up on a mountain at first light, hearing, seeing, and feeling the transition from night to day. Eventually an elk will bugle and it’s game on.
Hunting is what solidified for her the importance of public lands and conservation. As she says, “It’s no longer just about maintaining the relatively small areas we use for recreation; hunters need to consider entire habitats that sometimes stretch across states to support their quarry.” It’s a complicated topic with a lot of interest groups, and she is prepared to work hard to make the voices of sportswomen heard in the debate.
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12 years have flown by since her initial decision to move to Wyoming. This was mainly influenced by her daughter and the desire to provide a healthy environment that would allow them to be outside as much as possible. They spend as many evenings and weekends out hiking trails, identifying local vegetation, and learning to improve Kayla hunting/fishing skills. While her daughter already fly fishes, this will be her first year to harvest a hunt and put her skeet skills to use, passing down a family tradition.
What really captivated Kayla to remain in Wyoming was the care residents put into their land and communities. That was something she wanted to be a part of and eventually help improve. Now she sees the need to speak up and teach others the importance of being a hunter who pushes for conservation and sustainability. To pick up the trash along a hike or hunt and fight for public access. To educate children on the importance of respecting and taking care of the land as well as helping others learn how to be self-sustaining.
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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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Levi has been in Gillette since graduating college, working for several years for an environmental consulting firm, and for the last ten years for the City of Gillette. Even though he and his family live a life in the city, his mind and his passions are on the adventures of the outdoors: hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and gardening. Levi has gained an understanding that those things of his childhood that seemed to be just part of life aren't just there; they need people that care to learn about them, to advocate for them, and to literally and figuratively get their hands dirty caring for them.
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Craig lives in Lander, WY with his wife Anika and pup Juno.
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Tales From Summit To Sage
The Issues Addressed
Each Program that Wyoming Wildlife Federation runs affects a variety of different conservation Issues. Click on an Issue to find out more about it.