2004 L.D.W.F Deer Study Leader Receives Prestigious Award

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Noting his contributions and efforts toward enhancing Louisiana’s white-tail deer population, the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored David Moreland its prestigious Arthur Van Pelt Award for lifetime achievement in conservation at the 65th annual Louisiana Wildlife Federation convention banquet in New Iberia.

The award was presented by Gordon Hutchinson, president of the writers' organization, to David Moreland, Deer Study Leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

"Because of his years of dedication to the management of the white-tail deer herd of Louisiana, and his never-ending unselfish help to anyone interested in conservation issues, the LOWA is proud to honor David Moreland," said Hutchinson.

Van Pelt was one of the original founders of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, and it is in his memory that the award for lifetime achievement in conservation is awarded by LOWA. An ardent conservationist, Van Pelt was one of the first professional outdoor journalists in the state, writing and editing the outdoor news for the Times-Picayune newspaper some fifty years ago.

"As the Department’s Deer Study Leader, Dave's knowledge, dedication and leadership has had a vital impact on Louisiana's whitetail deer population as one of the state's most valuable natural resources," said LDWF Secretary Dwight Landreneau.

Moreland is an active member of numerous conservation-oriented organizations and is a volunteer official measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club and the Pope and Young club. In addition, he has produced countless articles in scores of magazines on deer and deer management, and written and produce management booklets for LDWF for distribution to deer clubs, hunters, and landowners. He has worked for LDWF for 28 years.