Aragon selected Wildlife Officer of the Year
by Todd Malmsbury
Colorado Division of Wildlife
The Colorado National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently selected Jim Aragon of Trinidad as “Wildlife Officer of the Year” for Colorado. Aragon was chosen because of his outstanding service with the Colorado Division of Wildlife and his relationships with his peers, landowners, and the sportsmen and sportswomen of Colorado. The nominating committee also noted Aragon’s unparalleled commitment to increasing opportunities to hunt wild turkey through his trapping and transplanting efforts.
The Trinidad area is the traditional “bread-basket” of Colorado’s wild turkey flock. And, Aragon’s trapping efforts are at the forefront of the Division of Wildlife’s turkey transplant program. His close relationship with landowners, built through years of hard work and determination, established the foundation for gaining support for private land habitat enhancements. Since 1987, Aragon has successfully captured and moved 162 birds from private-land flocks and helped the Division of Wildlife create new public-land hunting opportunities in other parts of Colorado, as well as Utah.
“Jim has demonstrated an ability to continually perform at a high level while balancing the needs and expectations of his profession and those of his family,”said his supervisor, Al Trujillo. “His contributions to the enhancement of private and public habitat for wild turkey are second to none.”
As the NWTF’s “Colorado Wildlife Officer of the Year,”Aragon will compete with other wildlife officers for the National Officer of the Year award, which will be announced at the NWTF national convention in Charlotte, N.C., in February.
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