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Hovendick's receive award for hunting access

December 19, 2018
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one of four landowners in the State

Lander - Local landowners, Steve and Brenda Hovendick, received a 2018 Access Recognition Program award. Every year, the program honors four Wyoming landowners who provide access to or through their lands to hunters and anglers.

The Hovendicks own and lease property on the Popo Agie River between Lander and Hudson in Fremont County. They raise cattle and grow their own alfalfa hay. The Hovendicks worked closely with Game and Fish to reduce damage to stored and growing crops and allowed hunters onto their ranch. Heavy hunting on the ranch proved to be a successful management strategy; deer and antelope numbers were reduced to a desirable level, and many hunters have meat in the freezer thanks to the Hovendicks.

“Landowners all across Fremont County are vital to successful wildlife populations. They provide habitat, security and food sources to wildlife throughout the year. They are also critically important to our management efforts, especially when they allow hunters and anglers access on or across their private lands. The Hovendick Ranch is no different and we appreciate being able to work with a family that understands what it takes to work alongside our agency to help wildlife prosper in the Lander Region,” says Lander Game Warden Brady Frude.

Each year the Wyoming Board of Agriculture, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and Wyoming Wildlife Foundation partner to recognize landowners who contribute significantly to the hunting and fishing tradition of the Cowboy State. All of the 2018 recipients were recently recognized and presented their awards at the Wyoming Stock Growers Association awards luncheon in Casper. The other recipients were Paul and Fran McAllister, Dee and Laurie Zimmerschied, and Carson Benton.

Funding for the Access Recognition Program is provided by the sale of commissioner licenses and donations made specifically in support of the award.  

Photo above: Hovendick family on their farm. Picture below: Part of their farm property. 

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