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Dave Lockman earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and Range Management from Colorado State University in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in Avian Biology from CSU in 1971.  He worked as a field biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) for nineteen years and retired from the Department as Education Supervisor after thirty-two years of service.

During his tenure as a wildlife biologist, Dave made significant contributions to Wyoming’s wildlife, whether it was testing new data collection techniques for big game or improved management techniques for waterfowl.  Dave had a great interest in wetlands and waterfowl.  He was the WGFD Western Wyoming Waterfowl Manager for many years, restoring and expanding trumpeter swan populations in Wyoming.  He conducted inventories and population surveys, designed management plans, initiated the wetland mapping and classification system used by USFWS for Wyoming wetlands, organized the first Rocky Mountain Trumpeter Swan Population Management subcommittee for the U.S. and Canada, organized the Whooping Crane Management and Recovery Effort for Wyoming, and authored or co-authored numerous technical articles during his career.

While Education Supervisor, Dave prepared and supervised the implementation and management of over 20 cooperative agreements with Wyoming communities and developed over 50 interpretive education projects, supervised the development of the Outdoor Recreation Education Opportunities program for Wyoming schools, coordinated the establishment of the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois, Wyoming, and created wildlife viewing sites across the state as part of the “Wyoming’s Wildlife-Worth the Watching” program.  He planned and developed the first Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Exposition hosted by the Department.  This became an annual event in Wyoming for over 13,000 families and youth annually.  He co-authored the “Outdoor Expo Planning Guide”, a collaborative effort between the Weatherby Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and WGFD.  This guide was a practical handbook for states desiring to produce an Outdoor Expo.  In 2003 he became the project leader for the Weatherby Foundation’s North American Outdoor Expo Campaign.  This included providing planning assistance to states and managing a national grant program for funding support to states.  As a result, twenty-two states implemented Outdoor Expo education events, reaching 350,000 participants annually. 

Since his retirement from the Department, Dave worked as a private consultant on numerous intensive wildlife and habitat surveys, habitat evaluations, and designed and implemented wildlife habitat improvement projects for private landowners and the oil and gas industry.  Dave will long be remembered for his tireless efforts with management plans for Pathfinder Ranches, wetland development and designs, habitat inventories and mule deer mitigation work on the Jonah Oil Field, and the Bridger-Teton Forest internship for ecology and forest management.

Dave Lockman was inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2014. 

OCT. 1, 1938-AUG.26, 2021
It is with heavy hearts and deep sympathy for the Townsend family that we report of his passing. Butch was RHS Life Member #177. Butch was also a charter member of WSF and served on the board of directors of that organization during the 1990s. A firm believer in promoting youth and the conservation fund, Butch always was the first to raise his hand to provide youth life memberships and to add to our conservation fund.
During our 2021 convention Butch told Gary Butler that he planned to donate every year to the conservation fund because it ensured the foundation would be successful for generations to come. Gary and Jo Butler have donated $1000 in Butch’s memory to the fund and challenge others to do the same. The WY-WSF Board of Directors have matched the Butler contribution with a $1000 pledge as well.
Donations(large or small) should be mailed to: P.O.Box 666, Cody, WY. 82414. Donors may also visit our store page at: Donate  or contact Dean DiJenno at (307)213-0998.


Huey Dawson


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for Huey Allan Dawson who passed away on November 9, 2022, at his home north of Wheatland, Wyoming.
Huey was the eldest son of Everett Jackson Dawson and Leota Maxine (Kindt) Dawson. He was born and grew up in Wheatland, additionally he attended his schooling in Wheatland and graduated from Wheatland High School in 1957.  Huey was married to Lena Maria (Balzan) Dawson for 60 years.  They were blessed with two sons Dale and Donna and grandson Dante’ Dawson, William (Billy) and Chrissy and granddaughters Gavrielle and Bianca Dawson all of Wheatland, Wyoming; grandson Will and Brooke (Dannels) of Cheyenne Wyoming.   Huey began working for Wyoming Game and Fish in the summer of 1955 when he was a junior in high school and worked alongside Floyd Blunt at Sybille Wildlife Reserve in Sybille Canyon. After high school, he attended the University of Wyoming and earned his Bachelor’s degree in range management.  He served his entire Game and Fish career at Sybille, starting as a technician before his promotions to biologist and supervisor.  During his time at the Game and Fish, Dawson earned an international reputation for the big game handling and rearing techniques he developed at Sybille.  He dedicated his career to the Game and Fish for 36 years.  He retired from the Game and Fish in June of 1994.  Huey was remembered by many fellow members of the Game and Fish for his “friendly and easygoing manner”  which  rewarded him with lifelong friendships and offered great leadership and innovation which made Sybille Wildlife and Research and Education Unit a successful research and conservation facility for many years.Huey was a member of the Army National Guard. He enlisted in November of 1956.  During his time with the National Guard he was an Assistance Section Chief and was awarded the Expert Medal in Rifle.  Huey was Honorably Discharged on November 22, 1963Huey was very kind, hardworking and enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.   Huey had a great love for animals and he enjoyed his registered longhorn cattle in later years.  Huey can always be remembered by others as having a kind word to say or helping hand to give to anyone.  He would like to be remembered as a “hard worker, a good husband and father who loved and appreciated his children, grandchildren and other family members.”Huey is survived by his son Dale (Donna) and grandson Dante; son Billy (Chrissy) and granddaughters Gavrielle and Bianca, all of Wheatland, Wyoming; grandson Will (Brooke) Dawson of Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Huey is also survived by his sister Winnie Atterbury, brother Jay (Della) Dawson both of Wheatland.  He is also survived by his sister Billie Nimsgern of Providence Rhode Island and sister Betty (Jon) Bagenstos of Cedar Falls, Iowa.  He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years Lena Marie (Balzan) Dawson, his sister Connie Stiviason, his parents Everett Dawson and Leota (Kindt) Dawson Throckmorton and infant son Rex Dawson. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who he enjoyed visits from frequently.     Huey requested that any memorial contributions be made to the Wheatland High School Rodeo Club.

Orville “AL” Benton, father of Cole Benton passed away February 5th,2017 at the age of 90. He served in WWII in Japan and the Korean Conflict. For over 65 years Al paid his respect for fellow veterans who have passed by taking part in the Military Honor Guard. He was honored last fall as the Grand Marshall of the Buffalo Veteran’s Day Parade. Al and wife Jenny were huge supporters of the WY-WSF for many years. Al was WY-WSF life member #130. He left behind 8 WY-WSF Life members spanning four generations.



                                                       Randy & Sandy Roskowiak to honor Nick & Becky Roskowiak
Gary Butler family in memory of Butch Townsend
Sara Bridge in memory of Butch Townsend
Bill & Lorrain Rudd
Walter Cook in memory of Ron Lockwood
  Gary Butler in memory of Dave Lockman
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