First awarded in 1997, the annual Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hunter Ethics Award recognizes the hunter whose actions are emblematic of Wisconsin’s hunting heritage of an outdoor experience enjoyed responsibly, respectfully and safely.

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

“That means actions that help another during a hunt or taking steps to ensure the resources are there for all,” said Schaller. “In past years, award recipients have returned lost gear, helped others find lost game or assisted another hunter facing a challenge of some kind.”

Anyone, hunter or nonhunter, 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 nomination can be for any other Wisconsin hunting season.

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

The annual honor was established by Bob Lamb, retired outdoors editor of the La Crosse Tribune; retired DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor Steve Dewald; and retired UW-La Crosse professor and outdoors writer Jerry Davis.

People can send the name, address and other contact information to 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.

Nominations can be sent to Schaller at todd.schal­ler@wis­ or Wisconsin DNR, Attention: Chief Warden Todd Schaller LE/5, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, by Jan. 15, 2019.