Leif Receives Limbhanger Award
PIERRE, S.D.--Tony Leif has for years put the wild turkey first in his conservation efforts. Beginning in 1990, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks in partnership with the NWTF, began releasing Eastern wild turkeys in east central South Dakota. This resulted in the eastern half of South Dakota offering 375 turkey-hunting licenses that year. The first release took place along the James River, in Hanson and Davison counties. By 2003, a total of 554 turkeys had been released throughout eastern South Dakota. In 2004, turkey-hunting licenses have increased to 998, and are available in five additional counties in eastern South Dakota.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the preservation and conservation of the wild turkey resource in South Dakota, the South Dakota State Chapter selected Leif to receive the first ever Limbhanger award.