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Wyoming Fish Supervisor Dave Dufek Retires After 40 Years With Game & Fish

February 16, 2009

Lander, WY - Dave Dufek, long-time fish supervisor in Lander, has decided to hang up his hip waders after 40 years of service with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

"Dave has demonstrated a career-long concern for both our native and sport fish species and their habitats. Most notably, Dave has contributed a great deal to gaining valuable public support and public access," said Mike Stone, Game and Fish chief of fisheries. "Dave worked hard to develop strong working relationships with sportsmen's groups and individuals throughout the Lander Region. Those relationships, along with Dave's sound management, have greatly benefited the fisheries he supervised."

Dufek began his 40-year WGFD career as a summer fish biologist in Lander. He also served as a deputy game warden and as a summer fish biologist in Laramie before starting his permanent service in 1969 as a fish technician in Green River. He quickly rose to the ranks of permanent biologist, and in 1977, Dufek was promoted to Green River fish supervisor. He transferred to the same position in Lander in 1987.

Dufek led his crew in the development of Boysen Reservoir into a prominent regional fishery and expanded public access on the Wind River. He was also cited for initiating a comprehensive sauger study on the Wind River. Overall, his career was highlighted by contributions to lake and stream surveys and management, dedication to maintenance of healthy habitat and native fish species, conservation education and gaining valuable public access.

Dufek is a Hemingford, Neb. native and a 1964 graduate of Hemingford High School. He attended Chadron State College before earning a bachelor's degree in wildlife management from the University of Wyoming.

In his spare time, Dufek enjoys fishing, rock hunting and now, volunteering for Game and Fish projects. He's an American Fisheries Society member and has served as the president of the Colorado/Wyoming chapter. He received the Award of Excellence from the chapter in 2001. He has also served as the secretary/treasurer of the Great Plains Fishery Worker's Association. In 2002, he was honored as the department's Fish Division Employee of the Year.

Dufek and his wife Norma have two sons. He is the son of Hemingford resident, Dorothy Dufek.


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