Gillette Native Elevated to Game and Fish Hall of Fame
After 40 years of service with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), Gillette native Gary B. Butler has been inducted into the WGFD Hall of Fame.
Butler’s service with the WGFD started as a check station attendant before filling the role of a biologist and eventually becoming the statewide supervisor for the Terrestrial Habitat Division.
He was born and raised in Gillette, where he spent years learning outdoor skills, like ranch work and hunting, from his father and family.
After graduating from high school, Butler enrolled in courses at Casper College, but was drafted into the army in 1967 where he received training as a military policeman.
Butler served two tours in Vietnam, returned home to Gillette, and worked to receive his bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Wyoming.
Later on, he returned to the campus to earn a master’s degree in range management.
Throughout the course of his career, Butler oversaw studies seeking alternatives to feeding elk hay near Jackson and on the National Elk
Refuge. He also managed the well-known Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep herd.
Butler’s research and efforts pioneered the way to developing new range survey techniques and improving winter habitat for bighorn sheep and elk, while also initiating the Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep Technical Committee.
Butler retired in 1986.
In 2005, he made a 736-mile back country journey across Wyoming on horseback.
Today, Butler occupies his time with outdoor pursuits, maintaining a small herd of Morgan horses, gardening, and serving his local church in Laramie County.