Deer Hunter Ethics Awards

I received this news release and thought it was such a cool idea that I had to pass it on.

“Deer hunter ethics award winners announced”: is the title and it starts like this:

_The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA), and Turn In Poachers have announced the winners of the 16th annual Deer Hunter Ethics Award. They were honored at the 2009 MDHA State Habitat Banquet on Feb. 28 at the Minneapolis Gateway Hotel._

_The award honors deer hunters who have exhibited conduct during the 2008 season that can serve as an example of admirable hunting practices, according to MDHA State President Dan Splittstoser. “The awards are designed to bring the spotlight to those we hope positively represent the majority of hunters – ethical, thoughtful outdoors people,” he said._

There were two categories for the awards; adult and youth.

_The adult winner is Craig Holmstrom of Red Lake Falls. He showed tremendous kindness and commitment in helping his friend Ray Ganyo, a quadriplegic since a 1981 diving accident, shoot a doe during the firearms season._

_The youth winner is Neil Symalla of Cold Spring. The 15-year-old demonstrated impressive ethical behavior on several occasions during the archery and firearms seasons._

Read the full release to get more of the story on both of these individuals.

Congratulations Craig and Neil, you both make us proud!

Author: Daniel D. Lamoreux

As an outdoor writer and freelance photographer, Dan's publishing credits include articles and/or photographs in more than 40 state, regional and national publications and he has authored three books. His expertise on the subject matter has been developed from over 40 years experience pursuing the outdoor sports.

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