NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Wild Turkey Federation honored John Millican with the C.B. McLeod Award for his career work with the Arizona Game and Fish Department that directly influenced the restoration of the Gould’s wild turkey in the southern part of the state.
“It is my honor to receive the C.B. McLeod award in recognition of all the past recipients, volunteers, individuals and groups that have, and continue to answer the conservation and hunting heritage call,” Millican said. “I have been blessed to have been surrounded by family and broad-based support teams that have inspired and supported me in turning conservation strategies into success stories.”
Millican, of Hereford, Arizona, accepted the C.B. McLeod Award at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
The C.B. McLeod Award recognizes individuals who dedicate their lives to wildlife conservation.
For more than two-thirds of his 30-year career with AGFD, Millican worked directly with restoration efforts of the Gould’s wild turkey. He participated in the first release of turkeys to the state in 1994, developed the spring survey and rocket netting protocols and was the hunt coordinator for the first U.S. Gould’s turkey hunting permit issued in 2002. Millican also assisted with the trap and transfer of more than 600 Gould’s turkeys, including the 200,000th wild turkey captured and released in 2011.
In addition, Millican is the president of his local Huachuca Gould’s NWTF chapter and serves on the Arizona state board of directors, serving in both regards since 2008. Even in his retirement, he volunteers his time to assist the recipients of the Arizona commissioner’s Gould’s tags in harvesting their bird.
“Without support from individuals like John, our mission to restore wild turkey populations would never have been complete,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “His efforts for the restoration of the Gould’s wild turkey have left a lasting impact in the NWTF’s efforts to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org