The Pope & Young Club, a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization, is proud to announce Jim Heffelfinger honored with the Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award.

Jim Heffelfinger is a Regional Game Specialist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona. Jim has written two books and authored or co-authored 27 technical papers on a wide array of wildlife species and topics.

For several years, Jim has been working on a massive project involving the validation of whitetail deer, Coues’ deer, mule deer and blacktail deer DNA. Markers have been isolated and processes created that can definitively determine the subspecies of an individual. The project not only will help guide wildlife management and conservation strategies, but can assist the Pope and Young Club and the Boone and Crockett Club in fine-tuning or validating geographic boundaries and authenticating individual specimen.

LEE GLADFELTER MEMORIAL AWARD: Recognizes a wildlife professional who, through their efforts, has made a significant contribution to bowhunting and wildlife conservation.

Established in 1961, the Pope and Young Club is a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of our bowhunting heritage, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository for the records and statistics on North American big game animals harvested with a bow and arrow.

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