#getoutside, a series focusing on our County 10 outdoor lifestyle, is brought to you by Wind River Outdoor Company in Lander.
(Lander, Wyo.) – A Lander ranch family has been awarded the 2017 Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Lander Region Landowner of the Year award for demonstrating outstanding practices in wildlife management, habitat improvement, and conservation techniques on their properties.
The honor goes to the Killebrew Ranch on Table Mountain, owned by Howard and Princess Killebrew and their children. A Killebrew property near Pavillion was also included in the award. According to the award announcement, the Killebrew’s provide access to hunters and anglers on their properties.
The Killebrew Ranch
The Killebrew Ranch, owned by Howard and Princess Killebrew, is a true multi-generation, family cattle ranch producing black angus cattle in Fremont County. Howard and Princess’ son David manages much of the on-the-ground operation, while daughter Kimberly coordinates many of the critical behind the scenes duties. As a family ranch, David’s and Kimberly’s spouses and children contribute significantly to ranch operations.
The Killebrews own substantial land holdings on Table Mountain, south of Lander. This area provides important habitats for a host of wildlife, but most importantly it provides crucial winter range for mule deer and nesting and brood-rearing habitat for sage grouse.
The Department has worked collaboratively with the Killebrews over the past three years to develop a conservation easement on Table Mountain to permanently protect this valuable wildlife habitat.
In addition to the Table Mountain conservation easement, the Killebrews have donated an access easement on Table Mountain. This will allow big game hunting access on the property and adjoining public lands—in perpetuity.
The Killebrews, who are all avid sportspersons, truly care about the wildlife resource and understand the importance of land stewardship and wildlife habitat conservation.
Award recipients are nominated by any WGFD department employee and selected by the regional leadership teams as model citizens for the conservation, ethical use, and stewardship of Wyoming’s natural resources.
The Killebrew Ranch is featured in the video below:
Landowners receiving WGFD recognition this year are:
- Green River Region: Dr. Robert Taylor, Maggie Taylor, Zac Schofield and Marissa Taylor, Lonetree Ranch
- Jackson Region: Senator Herb Kohl, Upper Gros Ventre River Ranch
- Laramie Region: Sam Shoultz and Ken Matzner, Mule Creek Ranch
- Casper Region: True Family, True Ranches
- Sheridan Region: Nathan Lindsey, Apache Foundation-Ucross Ranch
- Cody Region: Robert and Michele Keith, Trout Creek Ranch
- Lander Region: The Killebrew Family, Killebrew Ranch