News of the Week

March 31, 2016
Wildlife Biologist Becomes NW Region Supervisor
     After 13 years serving as wildlife biologist at several western Oklahoma wildlife management areas, Scott Parry has been named Northwest Region supervisor in the Wildlife Division of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
    In his new role, Parry will oversee the Department's wildlife conservation and
Scott Parry
management activities and staff in the northwestern 11 counties in Oklahoma. He takes over for Steve Conrady, who retired in November.
    Parry is no stranger to the 11-county Northwest Region. He was raised in Vici and has enjoyed hunting and fishing for as long as he can remember. "I always felt fortunate to grow up with a patient dad willing to take me along on his hunting and fishing outings and spend the time to teach me a large amount of what I know about these activities."
    The Northwest Region offers Oklahoma's outdoor fans varied opportunities for hunting and fishing. The region boasts several of the Wildlife Department's larger wildlife management areas: CooperBeaver RiverCanton,Cimarron Hills and Cimarron Bluff.
    The Wildlife Division is among five operational units in the Wildlife Department. The other units are Fisheries, Information and Education, Administration and Law Enforcement. The Wildlife Division is organized into five regions across Oklahoma, each of which is overseen by a regional supervisor. The division is responsible for wildlife research and management activities on more than 1.6 million acres in about 90 wildlife management areas across the state. 
    Parry will be involved in planning, organizing and directing short- and long-term wildlife management programs in his region. He will conduct public meetings as necessary, and make presentations and offer technical advice to sportsmen, clubs and other groups.
    He earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a wildlife management emphasis from Oklahoma State University. In December 1993, Parry began his association with the Wildlife Department as a contract quail research technician on the original quail telemetry study at Packsaddle WMA. In 1998, he was hired as a wildlife technician forHackberry Flat WMA in southwestern Oklahoma. 
    "By this time, I had learned that our WMAs across the state were varied, and each has qualities about them that make them interesting in their own right. Hackberry Flat WMA was certainly no exception." 
    Three years later, Parry became area biologist at Spavinaw and Oologah WMAs in northeastern Oklahoma. "Being raised and spending most of my time in western Oklahoma, this was a big change for me."
    In 2003, Parry transferred back to western Oklahoma to become wildlife biologist forEllis CountyBlack Kettle and Packsaddle WMAs. He began serving as Northwest Region wildlife supervisor this past January. 
    Parry volunteers as assistant fire chief with the Carmargo Volunteer Fire Department and serves as a Vici-Camargo EMS First Responder. He and his wife of 21 years have three children and reside in Camargo. Occasionally he performs as a drummer in a Woodward area band, a skill he developed with his high school band.
    The new regional supervisor urges all sportsmen and sportswomen to get out and enjoy the year-round hunting and fishing opportunities in the Northwest Region. For more information, call the regional office in Woodward at (580) 254-9173.
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