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Awards Presented to Conservation Officers during GFP Commission Meeting





Awards Presented to Conservation Officers during GFP Commission Meeting  

WATERTOWN, S.D. – At the November meeting of the Game, Fish and Parks Commission, wildlife conservation officers Kraig Haase and Dan Sternhagen were presented with awards.  

Kraig Haase, Regional Conservation Officer Supervisor out of Watertown, was presented with the Shikar-Safari Officer of the Year Award. Following in his father’s footsteps, Kraig became a conservation officer in 1997 and a supervisor in 2010. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to leadership. Mentoring new officers, serving as a training officer and investing time in his community has earned him the respect of many.

Shikar-Safari Club International is a conservation-based organization that presents awards annually to wildlife law enforcement officers in all states, provinces and territories in the United States and Canada. 

The annual award honors a state officer whose efforts show outstanding performance and achievement among sworn conservation law enforcement personnel. 

Dan Sternhagen, Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) out of Estelline, received the South Dakota Officer of the Year award from the Association of Midwest Fish & Game Law Enforcement Officers.  

Sternhagen became a WCO after working with the Parks Division for 7 years. He has always been passionate about the outdoors and loves working with landowners and sportsmen to improve outdoor experiences for future generations.

Since its chartering in 1944, the Association of Midwest Fish & Game Law Enforcement Officers has become the lead group among wildlife enforcement organizations in the development and maintenance of training for field officers in wildlife law enforcement. The group initiated the Midwest Covert Investigator Training Seminar and developed the Wildlife Forensic Field Manual, and supports wildlife enforcement research through grants.