First awarded in 1997, the annual Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Ethics Award recognizes the hunter whose action are emblematic of Wisconsin’s hunting heritage — which is not about trophy bucks or number of pheasants — of an outdoor tradition enjoyed responsibly, respectfully and safely by and for all.

DNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller, also a member of the award committee, says ethical behavior often means going above and beyond.

Anyone can nominate a licensed Wisconsin hunter for the award for an action that took place during the calendar year of 2018. While many nominations are made during gun-deer season, the ethical action could be something done during a squirrel hunt, turkey hunt, waterfowl hunting or any other Wisconsin hunting season.

A four-person committee studies the nominations and selects the person judged most deserving of this award.

Simply send the name, address and other contact information to Chief Warden Todd Schaller, by email or letter and explain what the ethical act was. The nomination committee focuses on what are often singular actions or events rather than individuals who have long-term conservation-related programs.

To become eligible for the 2018 award:

• The nominee must be a licensed (resident or nonresident) Wisconsin hunter.

• The ethical hunting act must have occurred in Wisconsin during the 2018 calendar year.

Nominations will be considered for any DNR-regulated hunting activity, not only deer hunting, in Wisconsin.

Written nominations must contain the name, address and telephone number of the witness or witnesses, or be aware of the behavior, which led to the nomination. Mail to Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller at Todd.schaller@wisconsin.gov or to Wisconsin DNR, Attention: Chief Warden Todd Schaller LE/5, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, by Jan. 15.