In Episode 119 of District of Conservation, Gabriella Hoffman chats with Mike Schmid—owner and operator of Solitude Ranch & Outfitters, LLC and .Wyoming Game and Fish Department Commissioner in District 3. He’s also the president and CEO of SOS Well Services, LLC. Mike has 40 years of experience in oilfield services, including managing roustabout crews; constructing well field roads and drill pads, managing trucks, equipment, and hundreds of employees; and administering complex Oil & Gas projects.

Today, Mike oversees the operations of all three of his companies as well as serving as a Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioner, appointed By Governor Mead in 2017 to serve a 6-year term. He also serves as a Board of Directors member for the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation.

Mike was also one of the organizing members of the now successful 10-year-old “Old West Turkey Shoot” (OWITS) that is held in Hulett, WY every May. The event was organized to promote turkey hunting in Wyoming and to raise funds for the Greater Hulett Community Center (GHCC) which serves the rural ranching families and community of Hulett, WY. The event raises well over 100,000.00/year for this cause.

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  • Gabriella Hoffman

    Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at