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National Wild Turkey Federation Awards Altman “Officer of the Year”

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has awarded South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Dan Altman their prestigious “Officer of the Year” award.

Altman, who has been stationed in Yankton since 2013 was given the award for his willingness to assist others, his passion for recruiting youth to outdoor activities, his dedication to teamwork and his vast knowledge of the Yankton area and the Missouri River.

Altman was the driving force in the GFP’s partnership with the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in conducting a research study on the effectiveness of field sobriety tests.

Altman also organizes and hosts several outdoor events every year designed to get kids outdoors by working with partner organizations to host Step Outside events. He also works hard with the staff at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area to provide programs for families who are camping so they can try shooting bow and arrow and BB guns during their stay. 

Altman has been recognized previously for his outstanding work and is a past recipient of the South Dakota Conservation Officers Association Patton Torch Award, an award given to a young officer who demonstrates the qualities of an experienced officer. Altman was also awarded the Wildlife Division’s Outstanding Performance Award for his region.


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.