GFP Receives Grant to Help Curb Poaching
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently received money to purchase a turkey decoy thanks to a grant from International Wildlife Crimestoppers, Inc. The decoy will be used to help curb poaching during turkey hunting seasons.
The decoy is a strutting male turkey with a swivel base and robotic tail and includes a turkey skin that covers the decoy.
“We are both honored and excited about the grant,” said Cory Flor, district conservation officer supervisor in Miller. “It will give us an opportunity to have the officer, violator and the resource in the same place at the same time to make an arrest.”
According to Flor, there are areas in the state where GFP can use the decoy to curb trespassing, road hunting issues, shooting after hours, shooting too close to houses and shooting from a vehicle.
The decoy cost $1,540. GFP was required to pay shipping fees.
SDNWTF STATE BOARD MEMBER CHAD WILLIAMS NAMED BROOK BROWN BOATING OFFICER OF THE YEAR
PIERRE, S.D. - The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has named Chad Williams the 2017 Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year. Williams is a conservation officer for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and is stationed in Moody County.
"Boating safety is a top priority for Chad along with uncovering alcohol violations on the water," said Joe Keeton, GFP boating law administrator. "Chad has witnessed first-hand the tragedy that alcohol can play on the water and is diligent in his enforcement efforts."
Keeton acknowledged that Williams’ focus is unwavering when it comes to working the water and keeping the public safe.
"Chad continues to keep the Department’s mission in focus while meeting the safety needs of the public on the water," Keeton added. "He embodies the spirit of this award by serving others and putting their needs ahead of his own."
About the Award: The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) award is presented annually to the boating law enforcement officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement.
The awards program consists of three levels: state, regional and national. State nominees are selected by the state boating law administrator. State nominees continue to regional competition, where they are reviewed, and one winner per region is selected by the three regional awards committees. Regional award winners are submitted to NASBLA’s Awards Committee for review and selection of the national award.
The South Dakota award was renamed to honor a previous recipient and GFP conservation officer, Brook Brown. Brown lost his battle with cancer during the summer of 2012 and was well known for his contributions to the state’s boating enforcement and education efforts.
The National Wild Turkey Federation’s new membership campaign, Rise And Fly, launched in front of an energized crowd during the NWTF 40th annual National Convention and Sport Show.
The campaign challenges NWTF members and hunters to gift an NWTF membership to someone special or to challenge a friend or family member to join the NWTF online at NWTF.org/RiseAndFly.
The NWTF launched the campaign through a vivid, two-and-a-half-minute video, which has gone viral on Facebook and other social media sites behind the support of many outdoor industry powerhouse personalities and brands sharing the video and using the hashtag, “Rise And Fly is built on the fact that hunters are made one by one,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “As an organization, it works the same way. This is the year we’re reminding people, who love our hunting way of life, that those traditions are in harm’s way. It’s our job to take a stand; to be the spark for someone else and encourage others to Rise And Fly.
A growing list that includes Mossy Oak, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Plano Synergy, YETI, Michael Waddell, Heartland Bowhunter, Franchi, Drury Outdoors, ALPS OutdoorZ and many others have shared the Rise And Fly video, but haven’t stopped there. These social influencers are producing their own Rise And Fly video messages and recruiting followers to join the NWTF and participate in the campaign.
Thornton is clear that Rise And Fly isn’t just another hashtag in a social media age littered with keyboard activists. The NWTF is immediately putting the Rise And Fly momentum to work.
“We’ve set lofty goals with our Save The Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative, and our new campaign is going to boost the manpower and funding we need to get there,” said Thornton.
The NWTF’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a 10-year plan that will:
● Conserve or enhance 4 million acres of wildlife habitat across North America
● Recruit 1.5 million hunters, so our hunting way of life thrives for generations
● Open access to 500,000 acres of land currently closed to hunting
The NWTF has a reputation for delivering results. When the Federation was founded in 1973, there were approximately 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of dedicated work, that number hit a historic high of nearly 7 million wild turkeys, thanks to the tremendous efforts of state and federal wildlife agencies supported by the NWTF, its volunteers and committed partners.
To join the movement and learn more about the NWTF’s Rise And Fly campaign, visit NWTF.org/RiseAndFly.