NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For his dedication to conservation, George “Wally” Davis earned a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The NWTF announced Davis, of Madison, Florida, as one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award winner during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards are given to NWTF members who have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation but are not employed as professional wildlife managers.
“I am truly honored for receiving this award, but I know that the many volunteers of the Madison County Florida chapter and the State of Florida Chapter should be the ones to share this award because of their dedication. Thank you to the NWTF,” Davis said.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
Since the early 80s, Davis has been teaching hunter education courses in Florida. With resources low, Davis even constructed a shooting range on his own property so attendees could have live-fire experience. From founding chapters to serving on the Florida State Chapter Board of Directors, Davis has a heart of service.
“Wally has contributed so much of his time over the years to teaching new hunters, and we can’t say ‘thank you’ enough,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “From teaching hunter safety to bringing Wounded Warriors together for a hunt, volunteers like Wally are the backbone of our organization.”
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698