NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For their outstanding achievements in the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, four National Wild Turkey Federation chapters received national awards during the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.
The NWTF gave the inaugural R3 Awards to chapters whose hunting heritage events focus on recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters. Hunter numbers across the United States have been in an alarming decline for the past 30 years, a trend that could jeopardize the conservation of our natural resources, since hunters foot the bill for the majority of conservation efforts in North America.
The Bunt Cumbia Chapter, in Lebanon, Missouri, accepted a JAKES R3 Award for their efforts hosting a spring turkey hunt for youth. Eleven young hunters and their mentors participated in the hunt.
The Rappahannock Spurs Chapter, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, received a JAKES R3 Award for hosting an upland bird hunt for youth. The chapter played host to seven students during the hunt.
The Pine Mountain Longbeards, in Jacksboro, Tennessee, received a Wheelin’ Sportsmen R3 Award for a special hunt for wounded veterans. They have hosted the hunt for 12 years and annually carry 26 hunters afield.
The Salt Creek Gobblers, in Nephi, Utah, accepted a Women in the Outdoors R3 Award for hosting a women’s trap shoot and pheasant hunt. The Salt Creek Gobblers had several new women hunt during the event.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
JAKES is dedicated to informing, educating and involving youth in wildlife conservation and the wise stewardship of our natural resources.
“Our chapters and volunteers are truly making a difference in our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Their work ensures conservation efforts and the protection of our hunting heritage will continue for generations to come.”
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.
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698