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Wild Turkey Federation taps officer of year
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SOCIAL CIRCLE — The Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently honored RFC James McLaughlin with the officer of the year award, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. McLaughlin, a conservation ranger assigned to Telfair County, is now eligible to receive the national award from the NWTF.

"RFC McLaughlin is an outstanding ranger with accomplishments that are exemplary," Chief of Law Enforcement Col. Homer Bryson said. "I commend Ranger McLaughlin for his hard work and continued efforts to better the sport of turkey hunting."

McLaughlin put in numerous hours during the 2010 turkey hunting season, including time spent on a case while off duty to apprehend a poacher who was hunting while his privileges were suspended. Prior to the 2010 turkey season, McLaughlin had to pursue two separate poachers hunting turkey out of season, including one who had taken a hen (only male turkeys can be hunted in Georgia).

McLaughlin conducted 20 information and education programs about the Eastern wild turkey at various venues, including local schools.

For more information about the Georgia Chapter of the NWTF officer of the year award, call 770-918-6408. For more information on turkey hunting in Georgia, go to

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