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Vic Coggins worked for the Oregon Department 
of Fish and Wildlife for 47 years before retiring in January 
2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife 
Management from Oregon State University, and currently 
has a consulting business that prepares wildlife management plans and conducts population surveys for deer, elk, and game birds on private ranches.



Vic Coggins has been honored with several awards and marks of distinction, including:

  • Oregon Hunters Conservationist of the Year, 1987 and 1991.

  • ODFW Outstanding Biologist, 1987.

  • Wildlife Society, Oregon Wildlife Achievement, 1990.

  • Isaak Walton League Golden Beaver Award, Outstanding Government Service, 1991.

  • The Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS) State Statesman, 1996.

  • FNAWS National Bighorn Restoration Award for Hells Canyon, 1999.

  • Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Bighorn Recovery Award for Hells Canyon, 1999.

  • Oregon FNAWS Lifetime Achievement, 2005.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation.

  • Oregon Hunters Conservationist of the Year, 2008.

  • Oregon Fish and Wildlife Pride Award, 2009.

  • Oregon FNAWS State Statesman Award, 2014.

  • Oregon Chapter of Wildlife Society David B. Marshall Award, 2015.

  • Oregon Hunters Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Blue Mountain Elk Initiative - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 2015.

  • The Wild Sheep Biologists Wall of Fame Award - 2018 - National Wild Sheep Foundation.


It is his hope that this book will provide historical wildlife and restoration information, oral histories, and numerous stories that might well be lost and forgotten if not put down in writing.

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