Grace Receives National Wildlife Officer of the Year Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Spencer Grace is an exemplary wildlife officer within the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. For his accomplishments in upholding the state’s game laws and his dedication to training the next generation of hunters, the National Wild Turkey Federation named him National Officer of the Year.

Grace, of Ponca City, Oklahoma, received his award at the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

The NWTF determined this year’s award winner based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.

Working County in one of the busiest counties in Oklahoma, and despite Grace’s extremely high case load, he finds time to volunteer, mentor and inspire future hunters. From his public outreach on social media to conducting winter flock surveys, he inspires others by his actions. In addition to his law enforcement duties within his district, he assists other law enforcement departments throughout the region.

“Spencer is the essence of what a law enforcement officer should be,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “His dedication to the wildlife and the people of his district is admirable. And because of his dedication to the NWTF, species within his district benefit from his on-the-ground, hands-on habitat work.”

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698