• Bateman’s recognized for management and improvement.
Richard and Brenda Bateman, who run a ranch in Star Valley east of Etna, have been recognized as “Landowner of the Year” by the Wyoming Game & Fish. The award is given to landowners throughout the state who have demonstrated outstanding management and implemented habitat improvement and conservation techniques on their properties with the landowner of the year awards.
“These stewards of the land open access to research and recreation on thousands of acres across Wyoming and, more importantly, maintain habitat for wildlife,” stated Breanna Ball, public information officer with the Game & Fish.
Speaking of the Bateman’s ranch, the WGFD said “The ranch provides high-quality habitat for mule deer, elk, moose, game birds and a variety of non-game species. The Batemans have worked to eliminate elk damage on their property, and allowed Game and Fish access to facilitate elk movement in the winter. The Batemans allow many hunters to harvest elk on their property. They also allow people access to U.S. Forest Service land on the other side of their elk fence.”
A total of seven landowners, including the Bateman’s, received the recognition. Other landowners in the state that were recognized include the Ogalalla Ranch in Converse County, Mexican Creek Ranch in Fremont County, Sage Creek and True North ranches in Park County, Rock Springs Grazing Association, Leo Land and Livestock and RF Ranch in Sheridan County and the Bookout Ranch in Albany County.