Bud Stewart has been working in wildlife conservation for over 40 years (Photo courtesy of Bud Stewart)
(Gillette, Wyo.) It’s been a long road for Bud Stewart, 65, public information specialist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Stewart grew up in a family that loved the outdoors, living mostly in South Dakota and in Nebraska. He and his family went hunting and fishing as often as they could. It seemed only natural that he should get into the wildlife and conservation professions, which he eventually did.
Stewart has been working in the wildlife profession for quite a long time, having spent the first 12 years of his career working with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, before landing the opportunity to move to Wyoming.
“I like working with cold water fish,” Stewart said. Wyoming offered him more opportunities to work with cold water fish species’, so he pack up and made the move.
Stewart joined the Wyoming Game and Fish department 33 years ago, working as a fisheries biologist for cold water species for a while, eventually moving into the role of a public information specialist.
But now, after working in the wildlife profession for around 45 years, Stewart said that he is retiring from the WGFD in May of this year.
“It’s just time,” he said of his reasons for retiring. He has no big plans other than up keeping his house, going on a few small fishing trips, and maybe visiting family
But nothing like setting out to see the world, Stewart said.
Just because he is retiring, however, doesn’t mean that his days helping the conservation effort are done. Stewart said that he will most likely continue speaking with and seeing the people he has worked with over the years.
As for what the future holds, Stewart said he didn’t really know, just that he was excited and that it would definitely be different than working with wildlife for all these years.
“This is the first time I’ve ever done this,” he said. “I don’t know what to expect.”
Stewart’s last day with the WGFD is May 1st.