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DNR Seeks Nominations for Hunter Ethics Award

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) is accepting nominations for the 2020 Hunter Ethics Awards.

What are the Hunter Ethics Awards?

The annual award was established in 1997 by Bob Lamb, retired outdoors editor of the La Crosse Tribune, retired DNR conservation warden supervisor Steve Dewald and retired University of Wisconsin-La Crosse biology professor and outdoors writer Jerry Davis.   The purpose is to recognize hunters “whose action is symbolic of Wisconsin’s hunting heritage.  A tradition enjoyed responsibly, respectfully, and safely by and for all.”

Recently-promoted Chief Warden, Casey Kreuger, explains:

Ethical action can be represented in many ways; examples could include helping another person during a hunt, or taking steps to protect our natural resources. Over the years, award recipients have returned lost gear, helped others find lost game or assisted another hunter facing a challenge of some kind

How to Nominate Someone

Any hunter or non-hunter can nominate a licensed Wisconsin hunter for the DNR Ethical Hunter Award for an action that took place during the calendar year of 2019. Although many nominations are made during gun deer season, the ethical action could be something done during a squirrel hunt, turkey hunt, waterfowl hunt, or any other Wisconsin hunting season.

Nominations can be submitted via e-mail to Captain April Dombrowski ( or by written letter to:

Department of Natural Resources
Attn: April Dombrowski
101 S. Webster St.
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921

To become eligible for the 2019 award:

  • The nominee must be a licensed (resident or nonresident) Wisconsin hunter.
  • The ethical hunting act must have occurred in Wisconsin during the 2019 calendar year.
  • Nominations will be considered for any DNR-regulated hunting activity, not only deer hunting in Wisconsin.

The deadline for submissions is February 14th, 2020

Written nominations must contain the name, address and telephone number of the witness or witnesses, or be aware of the behavior, which led to the nomination.

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