COLUMBUS, OH – Wade Dunlap, Tuscarawas County state wildlife officer, has been named the Ohio 2012 Wildlife Officer of the Year by Whitetails Unlimited, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Whitetails Unlimited is a national conservation organization dedicated to the betterment of white-tailed deer.
Dunlap has been a wildlife officer for 11 years, serving Tuscarawas County the last four. Dunlap has significantly increased the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s presence within the Tuscarawas County community, local law enforcement agencies and court system. Dunlap’s investigations have led to a number of successful outcomes and convictions, many involving taking deer illegally. He has partnered with local conservation clubs to host annual youth events, and he is an active instructor in youth shooting sports programs.
Nominations are based on deer enforcement performance during the previous deer season. The criteria for the award includes, number of wildlife arrests, cases involving unusual circumstances related to deer, cases involving trophy bucks, professional work ethic and dedication.
Whitetails Unlimited was founded in 1982 and raises money to support its mission of conservation, education and the preservation of the hunting tradition. For information about establishing a Whitetails Unlimited chapter, call Tim Schlater at 937-403-5811 (western Ohio) or Denny Malloy at 330-507-9489 (eastern Ohio).
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
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For more information, contact:
Jamey Emmert, ODNR Division of Wildlife
Matt Eiselstein, ODNR Office of Communications