Nominate an ethical Wisconsin hunter for the 2018 annual award
A four-member committee just finished selecting the winner of the 2017 Wisconsin DNR Ethical Hunter Award. Next month, the presentation will be made at the new Vortex Optics Headquarters in Barneveld, where the company moved recently from Middleton.
Vortex Optics is sponsoring the award for the second year.
It’s always a pleasure to see the public’s nominations at each year’s end. The general areas of nomination come from hunters who have treated and acted in an ethical way toward the environment (land ethics), toward wildlife they are pursuing, or toward fellow hunters and others directly or indirectly engaged in hunting.
The 2016 winner voluntarily gave up his special public land deer hunting location to a father and son who had also planned to hunt there. The first winner, more than 20 years ago, was another adult and young man who spent the better part of opening day of the gun deer season locating a hunter who “lost” his deer while driving down a county road.
In each case, the ethical person gave up something so someone else could better enjoy their season.
Consider nominating someone this year as the 2018 ethical hunter. Watch for more information throughout the year, until the Jan. 15, 2019 deadline.