Mike Miller, State Wildlife Field Supervisor, was recently presented with the Ohio Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Shikar- Safari Club International, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

“Officer Mike Miller has been dedicated and selfless in his service to the Division, the profession and to his peers throughout his career.” said Leighland Arehart, the Division of Wildlife District One Law Enforcement Supervisor. “Miller has the qualities that make him worthy of this prestigious award and that reflect the virtues of our wildlife officers throughout the state. Officer Miller recently accepted a well-deserved promotion to the position of Assistant Chief for the ODNR Division of Watercraft. While we will miss his leadership in our division, it is well placed in another.”

Officer Miller is a veteran employee with over 20 years of experience. He began his career with ODNR as a Watercraft Officer before completing the wildlife officer training academy on 1993. He was assigned to Franklin County for several years before transferring to Knox County.

The Shikar-Safari Club International was founded in 1952 by an international group of hunters interested in exchanging ideas about the sport. Each year the club sponsors an award for the Wildlife Officer of the Year in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and the territories of both nations. In 1966, the Shikar-Safari International Foundation was formed to support various wildlife conservation projects with funds raised by club members.

More information about becoming a State Wildlife Officer or the ODNR- Division of Wildlife can be found at wildohio.com

Image courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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