Sunday, December 10th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

May 4, 2023

Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate Tim Santel nabbed poachers worldwide

Sitting in a room with dangerous wildlife smugglers who are about to be arrested, and eventually put in prison, is not for the faint of heart. For Tim Santel, it was business as usual.

Santel, 58, a 1987 graduate in wildlife ecology from UW-Stevens Point, was in charge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Special Investigations Unit, a nation-wide task force focused on the biggest and most complex criminal wildlife investigations.

Importance of hunter safety courses, instructors

All new hunters in Illinois born in 1980 or after are required to pass a certified hunter safety course prior to purchasing their annual hunting license. While young hunters can initially hunt the youth seasons with a licensed adult, ultimately all young hunters must learn proficiency and the knowledge needed to operate safely in the woods. That responsibility falls on volunteer hunting safety instructors throughout the state.

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