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NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION HONORS GFP CONSERVATION OFFICER

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Conservation Officer John Murphy as its 2017 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Officer Murphy has served as a Wildlife Conservation Officer for over 16 years with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP). John started his career in Sully County and is currently stationed in Hughes County. Murphy covers a large section of the Missouri River which includes both Lake Sharp and Lake Oahe.    

Murphy conducts fishing, hunting and recreational boating checks. He has made numerous arrests for too many fish, no licenses, short fish, too many lines, insufficient number of life jackets and other required boating safety equipment. He is also instrumental in setting up and planning road checks in his region and works out of the airplane during special night work details. Murphy’s investigative skills are second to none and he makes more arrests than any other conservation officer in the region.  

Murphy helps set up and teach 3 to 4 Hunt Safe classes each year, helps set up and put on several youth fishing derby’s in his area and has helped with a special paralyzed veterans prairie dog hunt in Lyman County the past two of years. WCO Murphy hosts a radio show in Pierre every week called “Murphy’s Law” in which he talks about current GFP-related issues in the area.  

Officer Murphy will be honored by the NWTF at its State Convention in January, 2018.  In addition, the State Chapter will forward his name to compete for a national award at the NWTF’s national convention in February, 2018.

“The State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is grateful to wildlife conservation officers across South Dakota who continue to do an outstanding job,” said Mike McKernan, President of the State Chapter.  “We have had and continue to have a great relationship with the Game, Fish and Parks Department.  The NWTF has a high priority to conserve the wild turkey and connect our youth, physically challenged and men/women to outdoor activities and our hunting heritage. John Murphy is a credit to these goals. We are pleased to honor John and know he will do a great job in representing South Dakota at our National Convention next February.”

This is the 17th year the award has been presented by the South Dakota State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

2017 SD JAKES Hunt of a Lifetime winner Jena Kopp of Pringle, SD, a JAKES member from the Fall River Chapter in Hot Springs harvested a gorgeous 4 year old Merriam's tom on the morning of april 8th. 1.25" spurs, 9" main beard with 3" smaller double beard. All decked out in full camo gear from Scheels in Rapid City, a 20 gauge H&R shotgun from the SD NWTF Board of Directors, new personalized custom slate call by Mike Gorgichuk, a taxidermy hen decoy, a matched knife set and all under a new NWTF cap.

2017 SD JAKES Hunt of a Lifetime winner Jena Kopp of Pringle, SD, a JAKES member from the Fall River Chapter in Hot Springs harvested a gorgeous 4 year old Merriam's tom on the morning of april 8th. 1.25" spurs, 9" main beard with 3" smaller double beard. All decked out in full camo gear from Scheels in Rapid City, a 20 gauge H&R shotgun from the SD NWTF Board of Directors, new personalized custom slate call by Mike Gorgichuk, a taxidermy hen decoy, a matched knife set and all under a new NWTF cap.

Kadon Leddy, a senior at milbank high school, was selected as the recipient of the sd nwtf state chapter scholarship. leddy is a longtime jakes member of the whetstone gobblers chapter in milbank. he is pictured with sd state chapter president mike mckernan. 

Kadon Leddy, a senior at milbank high school, was selected as the recipient of the sd nwtf state chapter scholarship. leddy is a longtime jakes member of the whetstone gobblers chapter in milbank. he is pictured with sd state chapter president mike mckernan.