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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., was honored by fellow sportsmen this week for his efforts in addressing sportsmen's and outdoor issues.

Enzi received the 2001 Legislator of the Year Award from the Safari Club this week.

Enzi is the third person to receive the annual award which is given to legislators who have made significant contributions throughout the year to the wildlife conservation community and who have supported legislation on sportsmen's issues.

"Not really a splashy guy - except when fly casting, Mike Enzi has a quiet and unassuming way about him which has endeared him to his colleagues on both sides of the Capitol and both sides of the aisle. This year's honoree is a man who has a long personal and professional record of love for the outdoors and appreciation for hunting," said Congressman Butch Otter, R-Idaho, Congressional Chairman of this year's Washington Metro Chapter for the Safari Club International Gala and Auction.

Enzi was selected for the award based upon his efforts to ensure the Pittman-Robertson Trust Funds were not being misused. These funds, derived from a tax on sporting arms, ammunition, archery equipment and handguns, were being spent for purposes other than they restoration, rehabilitation and improvement projects they were intended for. Enzi has also worked to make public lands more accessible and is the current co-chairman of the Senate Congressional Sportsman's Caucus, which strives to preserve and promote the traditional rights of American citizens to hunt, fish and pursue outdoor activities.

"I grew up hunting, fishing and hiking and I am very concerned for the well-being of our nation's outdoors. I am honored to have been chosen for this award," said Enzi.

The Safari Club is an organization that works for the conservation of wildlife, education, and protection of the right to hunt.