Osage County rancher begins term on state wildlife commission

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Osage County rancher Robert S. Hughes II began an eight-year term Monday as the newest member of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.

As the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the commission sets departmental policy, establishes most state hunting and fishing regulations and indirectly oversees all state fish and wildlife conservation activities.

Hughes was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin and confirmed this past session by the Oklahoma Senate. He will serve as the Commission’s District 1 representative — which includes Ottawa, Delaware, Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Rogers, Washington, Tulsa, Pawnee and Osage counties.

“I consider it an honor to serve on the Wildlife Conservation Commission because of the love I have for the land and the wildlife of Oklahoma,” Hughes said.

An avid quail hunter and sportsman, Hughes was raised on his family’s ranch — the Hughes Ranch, in eastern Osage County. Until recently, he had partnered with his father, John F. Hughes, in the Hughes Cattle Company. The elder Hughes died two weeks ago.

Robert Hughes has served on a number of boards of directors for organizations such as the National Livestock Credit Corporation, National Livestock Commission Association, Frank Phillips Foundation and Superior Livestock Auction.

He also has served as a member and director of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, director of Arvest Bank Board, president of the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association, director of the Bartlesville Community Foundation and Northeast District vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.

Hughes has also been honored as the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association’s appointment to the N.C.B.A. Young Leadership Program and as the BEEF Magazine Stocker Operator of the Year Award recipient in 2006. He received a bachelor of science degree in animal science — production from Oklahoma State University in 1983 and graduated in 1985 from Texas Christian University’s Ranch Management Program.

The rancher and his wife, Michelle, have two children — Jessica, who is working toward a career in nursing, and Sam, who is working toward a career in ranch management.