Release Date: 05/16/2006

The Southwest Louisiana Wildlife Association (SLWA) honored Michael Berg, a Region 5 Wildlife Division Biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries  (LDWF), with the "Sportsman of the Year" award May 5.

Berg, a 25-year LDWF veteran, received this award for his work in managing the wildlife resources in southwest Louisiana and his work administrating LDWF's Deer Management Assistant Program (DMAP) and Landowners Antlerless Deer Tagging Program (LADT).
The SLWA was established 12 years ago with the mission of bringing people together as a positive influence in the enhancement and practice of wildlife conservation and the enforcement of ethical outdoor activities in southwest Louisiana.  SLWA has members from eight parishes in southwest Louisiana. The group organizes events that recommend and support good wildlife management practices for southwest Louisiana and conducts an annual Big Buck Contest, which includes youth, women, archery, muzzleloader and gun categories.  SLWA holds an annual banquet with LDWF representatives on hand to give programs on upcoming seasons and other topics of interest concerning wildlife management.
SLWA started the Sportsman of the Year award in 2005 to honor persons who have contributed to the wildlife management of southwest Louisiana.  The first recipient of this award was LDWF's Region 5 Biologist Manager John Robinette for his work in the management and development of the wildlife resources of southwest Louisiana.
SLWA and LDWF will continue to work together in the management of the wildlife resources of southwest Louisiana in an effort to meet the SLWA mission for present and future generations of sportsmen.

For more information, contact LDWF's Wildlife Division at 225-765-2346.