Brad St. Clair, state wildlife officer assigned to Noble County, was a finalist for the Ohio 2012 Wildlife Officer of the Year presented by Whitetails Unlimited, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Whitetails Unlimited is a national conservation organization dedicated to the betterment of white-tailed deer.

St. Clair has been a wildlife officer for 10 years, serving Noble County since the fall of 2008. He works well with local law enforcement agencies and the court system. His investigations, many involving taking deer illegally, have led to a number of successful outcomes and convictions. He has worked with local conservation clubs, the county Soil and Water Conservation District, and local schools to reach community members, especially youth, during annual events.

Nominations are based on deer enforcement performance during the previous deer season. The criteria for the award includes, number of wildlife arrests, cases involving unusual circumstances related to deer, cases involving trophy bucks, professional work ethic, and dedication.

Whitetails Unlimited was founded in 1982 and raises money to support its mission of conservation, education and the preservation of the hunting tradition. For information about establishing a Whitetails Unlimited chapter, call Tim Schlater at 937-403-5811 (western Ohio) or Denny Malloy at 330-507-9489 (eastern Ohio).

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov

Imahe courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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