NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For outstanding achievement in coordinating and hosting outreach events for women, five National Wild Turkey Federation chapters received national awards.
Representatives from the chapters accepted Women in the Outdoors 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.
The Botetourt Longbeards Chapter, of Buchanan, Virginia, received the Best Partnership Award, which recognizes chapters that partnered with other entities, individuals, companies, agencies and other organizations to host a hunting heritage event. This chapter teamed up with numerous partners, including state and county wildlife agencies, local outdoor retailers and private donors and sponsors. During their event, women learned about firearm safety and experienced introductory classes on shooting and archery with an option to participate in an upcoming mentored hunt.
Women in the Outdoors, Quail Creek, of Fort Pierce, Florida, also received the NWTF’s Best Partnership Award. Their event, now in its tenth year, brought more than 288 women into the outdoors. The Florida Wildlife Commission and several state and local sponsors came to the table to help offer a fantastic weekend of learning and fun. The chapter also is being inducted into the NWTF Outreach Hall of Fame for receiving five national awards.
The Ohio NWTF State Chapter earned the Membership Achievement Award, which recognizes chapters hosting Women in the Outdoors events with the highest percentage membership growth from the previous fiscal year. The state chapter’s 17th annual three-day event brought together 108 women and 32 instructors for more than 40 classes in outdoor education. Topics included gun maintenance, tree identification and field dressing, among others, and women were able to pick classes that appealed most to them.
The South Hills Longbeards Chapter, of Willow Wood, Ohio, received the Best Inaugural Event Award for their exceptional first time Women in the Outdoors event. Thirty women attended classes that included archery, self-defense, survival and many others.
The Wisconsin NWTF State Chapter received the Top Contributing Event Award, which recognizes chapters with the highest percentage fundraising growth from the previous fiscal year. Wisconsin’s three-day outdoor women’s event brought more than 187 women into the outdoors last year. In a new location and offering new classes for hunters and non-hunters alike, the chapter raised more than $5,000 before the event even began by offering pre-event raffle tickets at a discount.
“Our members and volunteers are truly making a difference in the lives of women across the country by offering and excelling with their outreach events,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Their work ensures countless women can experience new outdoor skills, the thrill of hunting and how it contributes to conservation and our hunting heritage.”
The number of women owning firearms and participating in target shooting and hunting is now the fastest growing segment within the industry, further cementing Women in the Outdoors within the NWTF’s Hunting Heritage Programs.
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, recruit and reactivate 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.