CHEYENNE – Three people will be inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame on March 20 in Cody.
Helen Roylance of Cheyenne, Richard Guenzel of Laramie and Duaine Hagen of Meeteetse will join 63 others who have received the honor in the past.
The Hall of Fame honors individuals, both living and posthumously, who have made significant, lasting contributions to the conservation of Wyoming’s outdoor heritage. The Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame was established in 2004 by Gov. Dave Freudenthal to celebrate individuals who have shown leadership and vision related to conserving wildlife, habitat or hunting and fishing heritage.
Roylance is a trailblazer for women and the outdoors in Wyoming. She was the first woman to hold the position of hunter and outdoor skills coordinator for the Game and Fish Department in 1995. Roylance established the Game and Fish’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program in 1996, and more than 1,000 women have participated in the program to date. She also set up the first online hunter education course in the state. She is the first woman to be solely inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame.
Guenzel is a retired Game and Fish biologist who worked with the department for 27 years. He helped develop and implemented an aerial line transect technique to more accurately estimate pronghorn populations. Guenzel was the first biologist in Wyoming to capture a pronghorn using a net gun from a helicopter. He also helped develop systems to record data from aerial operations and advised researchers on adapting distance sampling to aerial surveys around the world. His work on pronghorn has been acknowledged with many awards, including induction into the Pronghorn Hall of Fame in 2010.
Hagen is an accomplished horseman who has been outfitting and running guest ranches for hunters and anglers in Wyoming for 40 years. He has guided hundreds of hunters and anglers over the years, as well being active in the Outdoor Dream Foundation for kids dealing with illnesses, and the Wounded Warrior Project for veterans and active-duty military members. He was appointed by the governor in 1993 to the Wyoming Board of Outfitters, and remained on it through 2003. Also, in 1993, Hagen won the Game and Fish’s Wildlife Stewardship Award.
The first Game and Fish Youth Conservationist of the Year, Isabelle Burky, will also be recognized at the banquet. The award acknowledges a Wyoming youth who has shown enthusiasm and leadership in the outdoors and conservation. Burky is a senior in high school from Worland, and has worked in Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier national parks, where she’s constructed trails, monitored wildlife, repaired historic cabins and helped control noxious weeds.
Tickets are available for the Outdoor Hall of Fame online at https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Get-Involved/Outdoor-Hall-of-Fame, with options to buy either individual tickets or tables. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes dinner, or $320 for a table of eight.