As Bud Stewart moves into the role of spokesperson for the local Game and Fish Department, he says it's time to apply for big-game hunting licenses.
He says the deadline for applications to be received is Feb. 28, for bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose and wild bison.
And, he says, take note. The licenses for buffalo are being handled this year, much differently than in the past. Starting this year, he says, they're being handled like all others, with a drawing. He filled us in when he appeared on our news talk show, Public Pulse.
Though it was his first appearance on the show, he says the transition in taking over for Warren Mischke, who retired in the fall, has been a smooth one. He's been with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for 29 years, he says, and in the game and fish profession, as he calls it, for nearly 40 years, 8-9 spent in Nebraska.
And, he's not new to the Sheridan area. He's been here for the past 27 years, he says, mostly, working as a fish management biologist, and also as the coordinator for wildlife-related energy activities, primarily revolving around sage grouse. But, that was under a federally funded position, he says, and since funding ran out right about the same time Mischke announced his retirement, that set up the situation for him to move right in and continue the work.