He has worked as a biologist for the federal government, state wildlife agencies, universities, and in the private sector in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. 

   Jim has authored or coauthored more than 220 scientific papers, book chapters, and popular articles in national and regional publications.  He is currently Chairman of the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies “Mule Deer Working Group” made up of 1 mule deer expert from each of 24 western states and Canadian provinces. 

   He has also written TV scripts for the Mule Deer, Coues’ Whitetail, and Pronghorn episodes of “Leupold’s Big Game Profiles” which aired on the Outdoor Channel.  This show won the Golden Moose Award for “Best Content.”  Jim also wrote scripts and appeared in episodes of “Boone & Crockett Country” on the Outdoor Channel.  The Mule Deer Working Group helped produce the program “Mule Deer: Saving the icon of the West” that aired on the Sportsman Channel.   

   He is a Full Research Scientist at the University of Arizona, Professional Member of the Boone & Crockett Club, and currently works as Wildlife Science Coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.



Other noteworthy recognition:

· 1995 Commendation for Excellence - AZ Game and Fish Department


· 1996 Employee of the Year - AZ Game and Fish Field Ops Division


· 2000 AZ Wildlife Professional of the Year – The Wildlife Society


· 2004 Commendation for Excellence - AZ Game and Fish Department


· 2005 Outstanding Contributor – Western Assoc Fish & Wildlife Agencies


· 2009 Wildlife Professional of the Year — Mule Deer Foundation


· 2011 Wallmo Award— leading black-tailed and mule deer biologist in North America


· 2011 Director’s Meritorious Citation—AZ Game and Fish Department


· 2013 Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award for contributions to wildlife conservation


· 2016 Outstanding Contributor – Western Assoc Fish & Wildlife Agencies


· 2017 Distinguished Alumnus, University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point

Jim Heffelfinger

is a Certified Wildlife

Biologist with degrees

in Wildlife Management

from the University of

Wisconsin—Stevens Point and Texas A&M University—Kingsville. 

Jim Heffelfinger and Bob Heffelfinger, November 2006Deer of the Southwest