NWTF Chapters Earn Youth Outreach Awards


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For outstanding achievement in coordinating and hosting youth outreach events, two National Wild Turkey Federation chapters received national awards.

Representatives from the chapters accepted JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) awards during the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.

The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. 

Northwest Louisiana Chapter received the Membership Achievement Award – this award recognizes chapters hosting JAKES events with the highest percentage membership growth from previous fiscal year.

The Northwest Louisiana Chapter recruited 448 JAKES members – a 40% increase from FY15.

Double Eagle Chapter received the Best Partnership Award – this award recognizes chapters who partnered with other entities, individuals, companies, agencies, NGOs, to host a hunting heritage event.

The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, Ducks Unlimited, Division of Forestry, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and a host of other partners helped create a wonderful day of learning in the outdoors including an opportunity for 34 folks to complete their Hunter Education requirements.

“There are few things more fulfilling than helping a child catch a fish for the first time, learn to shoot a bow or BB gun or simply find out there is an entire world to enjoy just out their front doors,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Our volunteers provide excellent opportunities throughout the year for children across the country.”

In 1981, the NWTF saw a need to get youth outdoors and began the JAKES program. Xtreme JAKES was later added to provide teens with more advanced outdoor opportunities. JAKES Take Aim gives youth the chance to try target shooting, clay target shooting and shotgunning in a safe, fun environment. 

About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.