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January 27, 2015

MADISON -- Wisconsin's tradition of hunting is built upon ethics where success is defined as using a moral compass to end the hunt satisfied with the knowledge the hunt also was safe, enjoyable and ethical.

Know a hunter who thinks and acts with a strong sense of safe and sometimes selfless direction? Nominate the individual for The La Crosse Tribune/Wis. Department of Natural Resources Hunter Ethics Award - a honor that goes well beyond a wildlife harvest for bragging rights later.

Nominations for this statewide award, now in its 18th year, will be accepted through February 15. The annual honor was established by Bob Lamb, retired outdoors editor of the La Crosse Tribune, Lamb, retired DNR conservation warden supervisor Steve Dewald and retired University of Wisconsin-La Crosse instructor Jerry Davis. Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller joined the award committee four years ago.

Schaller says the award is about recognizing sportsmen and sportswomen who go above and beyond for others who have the same passion or interest - and that is hunting.

"Maybe it's helping a fellow hunter in distress, providing opportunities for disabled hunters, teaching young hunters, coming to the aid of a conservation warden or simply showing other hunters that ethical hunting is part of the hunt," Schaller says.

Schaller says hunters look forward to the annual seasons because traditions - or creating new traditions with young or novice hunters-- remain important. "If you are a hunter in Wisconsin, you must strive to hunt in an ethical manner and to pass on these ethical traditions to the young people in their hunting party."

To become eligible for the 2014 award:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller,; 608-266-1115

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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