Wyoming Game and Fish Department
The Department is created and placed under the direction and supervision of the Commission in W.S. 23-1-401. The responsibilities of the Department are defined in W.S. 23-1-103. The Department is charged with providing..."an adequate and flexible system for the control, management, protection, and regulation of all Wyoming wildlife."
Scott Talbott was appointed as Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 2011. He has diligently served the wildlife and people of the State of Wyoming for over 30 years.
Scott is a third generation Wyoming native. He grew up and worked on the family ranch outside of Laramie, Wyoming. He felled timber and sheared sheep until graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1984. In the spring of 1985, Scott began his career with the Department as an upland game bird and waterfowl habitat technician. He has worked in various capacities across the state including habitat and access construction crew, elk feeder, game warden, wildlife investigator, damage control warden, regional wildlife supervisor and deputy chief of the wildlife division. He is a certified professional peace officer and has been a commissioned wildlife law enforcement officer for 29 years.
Scott was awarded the Wyoming Game Warden’s Association Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1990 and the Shikar-Safari Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Wyoming in 1991. He received the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director’s Award in 2008. He is a 2011 graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, (NCLI), and serves on the Board of Directors for the NCLI. He is a 2014 Graduate of Leadership Wyoming. He actively participates on various committees for the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) recently completing a term as President of WAFWA and currently serves on the Executive Committee for AFWA.
Scott is an avid outdoorsman who loves Wyoming and its natural resources. He spends his spare time hunting and fishing with his two sons Payden and Luke. Scott enjoys training horses and going on backcountry pack trips in the remote mountains of Wyoming. He remains actively involved in the family's ranching operation.
Deputy Director (internal operations)
John Kennedy started with the department in 2004 in the position of Services Division Chief. After 6 years in that position, he promoted into the deputy director position (internal operations).
As deputy director, John oversees most internal programs in the agency, including development and management of the Commission’s budget; final approval of all grants, contracts and agreements; coordination with the Commission; and oversight of the fish, wildlife, services and fiscal divisions. John was awarded the department’s Director's Award in 2005 and Employee of the Year in 2015. John graduated from the inaugural National Conservation Leadership Institute Program and Leadership Wyoming. John has served on numerous committees of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
John was born and raised in Idaho. He holds a B.S. degree in wildlife management from the University of Idaho and an M.S. degree in wildlife management from South Dakota State University. His M.S. research focused on habitat selection by white-tailed deer in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. John is an avid outdoorsman and spends his spare time hunting and fishing.
Deputy Director (external operations)
Scott Smith is currently the Deputy Director for external operations for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Scott has worked for the State of Wyoming for 33 years, and was stationed in Pinedale, Wyoming for most of his career (23 years) where he served as a wildlife biologist. In 2013, Scott transferred to the Cheyenne Headquarters to serve as Deputy Chief of Wildlife and was recently promoted to Deputy Director.
Scott graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s of Science in Range Management and a Master’s of Science in Zoology.
Scott is an avid outdoorsman and spends his spare time hunting, fishing, and cross-country skiing.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department Office of the Director
5400 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82006
Ph: (307) 777-4600
Fax: (307) 777-4699