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NDWF members honored; Sklebar among those recognized

The North Dakota Wildlife Federation recognized individuals with awards, shown here with Mike McEnroe, second from right, NDWF president. They are, from left, Lyle Gallagher, Tom Sklebar and Perry Kapaun. Submitted photo

The North Dakota Wildlife Federation held its 79th annual convention Jan. 10-11 in Jamestown.

Stutsman County Wildlife Federation member Tom Sklebar received the North Dakota Wildlife Federation’s Sportsman of the Year award.

Sklebar has been an active member of the NDWF for many years. He serves on the NDWF Board of Directors, serves as the NDWF’s affiliate representative to the National Wildlife Federation, is the chairperson for National Affairs Committee, Bylaws and Resolution Committee, publicity/ communications/public relations and serves on various other committees for the NDWF.

Other award recipients were: Lyle Gallagher who received the Conservation Communicator of the Year Award for his work in building North Dakota State Radio and the Report All Poachers Program. Perry Kapaun of the Barnes County Wildlife Federation received a Special Recognition Award for his work running the NDWF’s Annual Pick-up Raffle.

The Indoor Archery Range is now open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The archery range is located in the basement below Home Design Center, 209 1st Ave. S. People should use the door on 1st Avenue just south of the Home Design Center entrance. New this year, there will be 3D shooting on Wednesday nights. This will consist of two rounds of 12 targets. For details/rules, call Blaine at (701) 320-6438. Fees are $70/family, $60/individual which includes a SCWF membership. There is also an option of a $5 single use fee.

The SCWF will have a booth at the Sport and Recreation Show at the Jamestown Civic Center on Feb. 14-16. Call Ernie at (701) 952-7685 if able to help out.

Ken Anderson reserved 140 pheasant hens for spring release. The pheasants will be distributed to the first 14 members signed up, 10 per SCWF member. Call Anderson at (701) 489-3581 or (701) 320-3318 to sign up.

Qualifications for the T. W. Voigt Sportsman of the Year Award have been updated and include the following: 1) He or she must show a great passion for the preservation of wildlife and its habitat. 2) Recognize the need to protect and preserve the environment we live in. 3) The nominee should be actively involved in the SCWF. These activities might include, but are not limited to hauling food bales, feeding grain screenings to wintering pheasants, building wood duck houses, organizing a youth hunt, being actively involved in a recycling project, transplanting trees or shrubs and communicating with elected officials. To nominate an individual contact any SCWF board member. Board member contact information is in the SCWF newsletter.

The SCWF will hold its next meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at The Bunker. Anyone is welcome to attend.