Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Eddie Hines of Bonham was honored for his work with the National Wild Turkey Federation in a ceremony before the TPW Commission here March 27.
Hines was named the NWTF Enforcement Officer of the Year for Texas. Paul Ferrell, East Texas regional director for the NWTF, cited Hines’ ongoing community involvement, his work in youth education and his work with other law enforcement agencies in northeast Texas.
Hines also was instrumental in forming a Fannin County chapter of the NWTF and helped raise more than $16,000, some $3,000 of which will be used for Texas projects such as wild turkey habitat enhancement and restoration and education.
“Eddie is one of those types of game wardens any district supervisor in the state would want a whole district full of,” said Game Warden Capt. Garry Collins, district supervisor for seven counties in northeast Texas.
“He’s very conscientious, very professional. He’s very involved with the community. He’s just a really professional game warden.” Hines also can be counted on to put in for a little time off when spring turkey season rolls around, Collins added with a chuckle.
“I guess turkeys have kind of been my favorite game animal,” Hines said. “Turkeys have always been my passion.” Accepting the award in Austin with Hines were his wife Marsha and mother Mildred.
“The National Wild Turkey Federation has really done a lot for the wild turkey and for sportsmen and they reflect the same goals and hunting ethics that I have, and that makes it even more an honor to receive that award,” Hines said. “I appreciate the backing I get from my captain, who nominated me for the award, and also from Col. Flores and the department. It’s just an honor to be recognized.”