WILDLIFE OFFICER IN ROSS COUNTY NAMED OHIO BOWHUNTERS ASSOCIATION OFFICER OF THE YEAR
COLUMBUS, OH – Bob Nelson, State Wildlife Officer assigned to Ross County, has been named Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Ohio Bowhunters Association, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The Ohio Bowhunters Association honored Officer Nelson for his tireless work implementing the City of Chillicothe’s archery deer hunt, and for his overall dedication to the sportsmen of Ross County. This is the second time that Nelson has been recognized by the group, as he was also named Wildlife Officer of the Year in 2009.
“Bob does an outstanding job in Ross County,” said Bud James, representative of the Ross County Bowhunters Club who nominated Officer Nelson. “He attends meetings throughout the county and provides information to everyone. He always returns phone calls, and we just think he goes above and beyond what is expected of him as an officer.”
Nelson has been a State Wildlife Officer for eight years, and prior to that, he worked at the Division of Wildlife’s Woodbury Wildlife Area at the shooting range. He is a native of New Lexington and a graduate of Hocking College with an associate’s degree in fish and wildlife management.
“Officer Nelson is a dedicated officer, a team player, and an asset to Ross County and the Division of Wildlife,” said Lee Van Allen, Field Supervisor in the Division of Wildlife’s southeast Ohio district. “He goes the extra mile to investigate a poaching case, and follows through to the end. He is always willing and available to help a fellow officer, wildlife or fish management, or another law enforcement officer in Ross County.”
The purpose of the Ohio Bowhunters Association is to foster, expand, and improve bowhunting in the state of Ohio by creating a spirit of fellowship within the bowhunting community, educating youths in proper archery methods, and working with resource agencies and conservation organizations to conserve wildlife and its habitat.
Officer Nelson resides in Ross County with his wife Beverly and daughter Briana. He is an avid turkey hunter and angler, with a special passion for bowhunting.