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Former Director of Wyoming Game and Fish Joins SCI as Guide and Outfitter Liaison

By Barbara Crown, Hunter Information Service

Scott Talbott, former director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has joined Safari Club International (SCI) as the organization’s new guides and outfitters liaison. This position is a critical bridge between SCI and the guide and outfitter community. Talbott will represent SCI and serve as a communications conduit to professional hunting associations throughout North America, Africa and other regions. He will be responsible for informing and educating professional hunters on SCI’s hunter advocacy work and the benefits of joining and supporting SCI and its mission. He will also assist with  recruiting top rate operators as new exhibitors at SCI’s annual convention.

“SCI and the guide and outfitters community are dependent on each other for success, making the liaison position a highly important one for both groups,” says Mike Rogers, VP of Member Services. “Scott will help guides and outfitters understand all the ways they can use SCI’s many programs and marketing resources to their best advantage while also helping SCI grow our fundraising capabilities to support conservation and defend the freedom to hunt from an ever-growing variety of attacks worldwide. Scott’s experience as the director of game and fish for one of the premier hunting states in the U.S. uniquely qualifies him to manage this symbiotic relationship.”

The guide and outfitters liaison represents SCI at all the association meetings and events held in North America and overseas. He builds and maintains relationships that allow him to counsel SCI on matters affecting the guide and outfitter groups and to help resolve any complaints or problems from or about outfitters. Talbott will also instruct guides on how to measure trophies using the SCI Record Book method and encourage them to have clients submit exceptional specimens for listing in the book. He will report to hunting professionals on all activities, advocacy efforts, litigation and government relations work conducted by SCI to protect hunting businesses and will otherwise serve as SCI spokesperson to the guiding and outfitting industry. Additionally, Talbott will help track changing regulations and any proposed legislation impacting the professional hunting industry.

Talbott is a Wyoming resident who spent his childhood on a ranch near Laramie, Wyoming. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming, and soon after began a 34-year career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. His career included a diverse set of positions, such as technical work in upland game bird and waterfowl habitat, elk feeding, and bird farms, and then as a special deputy game warden. He was a commissioned wildlife law enforcement officer for over 30 years, holding several positions ranging from game warden to deputy chief of the wildlife division. During his career, he worked on many challenging issues such as chronic wasting disease, brucellosis, greater sage grouse, access to private lands, large carnivore conflict resolution and many endangered species issues, including gray wolves and grizzly bears. Talbott was appointed director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department by Governor Matt Mead in 2011 and served there until his retirement in 2019. Talbott enjoys hunting, fishing, backcountry horse trips and spending time with his family and friends.