DNR officer Steve Converse named Wildlife Officer of the Year in Michigan

DNR Conservation Officer Steve Converse (back row, second from the left) was named the 2016 Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Shikar-Safari Club International. Joining him for the award presentation at the April 13 Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing were wife Jennifer and children Grayson, Lilly, Weston and Allie. Also pictured are DNR Law Enforcement Chief Gary Hagler, far left, and Gunnar Klarr of Shikar-Safari Club International, far right. (Michigan DNR)

Conservation Officer Steve Converse, a 16-year Department of Natural Resources veteran serving Manistee County, recently was honored by the Shikar-Safari Club International as Michigan’s 2016 Wildlife Officer of the Year. The
international hunting organization is involved in such recognitions of key officials in natural resources agencies across the United States and Canada.

Converse received the award at last week’s regular meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in Lansing.

The award is presented to officers who show exemplary conduct and initiative while performing their duties.

While enforcing the law is a big part of an officer’s job, Converse also enjoys serving as a DNR “ambassador” to educate citizens so they can safely and legally enjoy Michigan’s outdoor opportunities. He teaches hunter safety classes and has positively influenced many young hunters during his career. Converse also routinely visits schools to educate students about Michigan’s natural resources and to discuss career opportunities within the DNR.

Converse’s colleagues nominated him for the award, demonstrating the respect he has earned among his peers.

A native of Middleville and an Olivet College graduate, Converse and his family live in Manistee County.

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