Idaho Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Rob Brazie recently earned national recognition from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for his dedication in creating the next generation of hunters and sportsmen, as well as his accomplishments in upholding the state’s game laws.
The NWTF named Brazie as Wildlife Officer of the Year award at the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville February 18.
"I'm very honored to be the wildlife officer of the year, chosen out of all of the officers that were here," Officer Brazie said. "The NWTF holds God, family and country in high regard, and I really appreciate their support of law enforcement officers across the country."
The NWTF determined this year’s award winner based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat - Save the Hunt Initiative, which is aimed at perpetuating wildlife conservation, the hunting heritage and our cherished outdoor lifestyle. Brazie embodies the traits that make an outstanding conservation officer.
Brazie, of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, has been at the forefront of the wild turkey management in Idaho during his 26-year-career, helping to create the first turkey management plan in the state. He worked with the NWTF and other partners to increase hunting opportunities along the Boise River for wild turkeys as well as introducing a split season to allow more people to hunt the growing turkey population without overloading landowners with too many hunters at one time.
Brazie also works hard to recruit and mentor young hunters each year by providing fun and hands-on hunting opportunities.
“Each spring a few lucky kids and their parents get one-on-one mentored turkey hunts with Rob,” said Fish and Game Enforcement Chief, Greg Wooten. “When these kids are old, and have forgotten Rob’s name, they will always remember that the game warden took them hunting.”