NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Officer Michael Nunnery of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission received the Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from the National Wild Turkey Federation for his dedication in upholding his state’s game laws and working to preserve our hunting heritage.
Nunnery received his award at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
Each year, Nunnery leads and coordinates efforts to apprehend poachers at illegal turkey bait sites in North Carolina; he found 15 illegal bait sites this past year alone.
In working with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, he investigated and apprehended a person for taking wild turkeys in a closed season and the unlawful possession of wild turkey and white-tailed deer. On his own time and dime, Nunnery also has built camera mounts for himself and fellow officers to better hide game cameras in the field.
Despite the rigors of the job, Nunnery still makes an effort to share his love of turkey hunting with the next generation of hunters.
“Michael is an exemplary wildlife officer, and his record speaks for itself,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “His dedication to the wildlife and the people of his district is admirable. And because of his dedication to serving, species within his district benefit from his on-the-ground, hands-on efforts.”
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