The Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently honored RFC James McLaughlin with the "Officer of the Year" award, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. RFC McLaughlin, a conservation ranger assigned to Telfair County, now also is eligible to receive the national award from the NWTF.
“RFC McLaughlin is an outstanding ranger with accomplishments that are exemplary,” says Chief of Law Enforcement Col. Homer Bryson. “I commend Ranger McLaughlin for his hard work and continued efforts to better the sport of turkey hunting.”
RFC James McLaughlin put in numerous hours during the 2010 turkey hunting season, including time spent on the case while off duty, to apprehend a notorious poacher that was hunting while his privileges were suspended. Prior to the 2010 turkey season, McLaughlin had to pursue two separate poachers hunting turkey out of season, including one that had taken a hen (only male turkeys are allowed to be hunted in Georgia).
McLaughlin presented 20 information and education programs about the Eastern wild turkey at various venues, including local schools.
For more information about the Georgia Chapter of the NWTF Officer of the Year Award, call (770) 918-6408. For more information on turkey hunting in Georgia, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com .