NWTF Names Wildlife Manager of the Year
For his dedication to the wild turkey and wild turkey habitat, C. Victor French has earned a coveted Joe Kurz Wildlife Manager of the Year award for 2004 from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The award was presented to French and co-winner James Craft of West Virginia at the NWTF's 28th annual Convention and Sport Show in Columbus, Ohio, held Feb. 20-22, 2004.
French has been with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission since 1975 as a wildlife technician, biologist, turkey trapper and wildlife manager. He has been a major asset to North Carolina's wild turkey program.
"Vic French has been a monumental force in assisting the trap and transfer efforts in North Carolina," said Dr. James Earl Kennamer, NWTF senior vice president for conservation programs. "Because of Vic's hard work and leadership, turkey populations have been restored that then bring economic dollars to the state, which allows us and future generations to enjoy the gobble of the wild turkey."
The Joe Kurz award is given each year to a wildlife manager, or managers, who has worked relentlessly for the wild turkey and its habitat. Managers, such as French, are unsung heroes who do the on-the-ground work for wild turkeys and other wildlife.
French has trapped and released hundreds of wild turkeys, trained numerous coworkers in the fine art of turkey trapping and applied himself to any job needing to be accomplished for the benefit of wildlife.
"Vic accomplishes his assignments in an efficient and professional manner, which provides excellent results for wildlife resources and sportsmen alike," said Richard Hamilton, chief deputy director North Carolina WRC. "His dedication to wildlife management and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are exemplary."
For more information about the Wildlife Manager of the Year Award or for highlights on the NWTF national convention call 1-800-THE-NWTF or go online at www.nwtf.org.