4-H’er named Youth Conservationist of the Year

Tobie Blanchard  |  3/24/2017 3:57:01 PM

(03/24/17) BATON ROUGE, La. – Connor Arthur, a 4-H’er and junior at Hornbeck High School in Vernon Parish, received the Youth Conservationist of the Year award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Arthur was recognized at the Governor’s Conservation Awards banquet on March 18 in Baton Rouge.

Arthur’s work with 4-H shooting sports, wildlife education and hunter safety earned him the award. Arthur is a 4-H member-at-large in Sabine Parish.

Arthur said he got involved in shooting sports a few years ago, and now it’s his passion. As a 4-H shooting sports ambassador, he helps organize shoots and educate youth about shooting safety.

“I like interacting with people and seeing wildlife,” Arthur said. “I also enjoy watching people grow into outdoorsmen.”

The 4-H’er also has given wildlife lessons at the Zwolle Tamale Festival and taught wildlife identification to preschool students.

Another of Arthur’s accomplishments is working with the organization Hunter Enriching the Lives of People or H.E.L.P., which takes handicapped people on hunts.

“I am very thankful for this award, and I want to use it to help more people,” Arthur said.

Nan Arthur, LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in Sabine Parish and Connor’s mother, said she has watched her son grow has he has become more involved in his work.

“He is so in love with this work,” Nan Arthur said. “He loves to talk to kids about it, and he enjoys helping younger students. He puts a lot of effort in it.”

Nan Arthur said her son spends most of his free time in the woods.

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4-H’er Connor Arthur holds the Youth Conservationist of the Year award, which he received from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Governor’s Conservation Awards banquet on March 18 in Baton Rouge. Arthur was recognized for his work with 4-H shooting sports, wildlife education and hunter safety. Photo by Dorella Milligan

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