NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Louis Gambale, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, knows the importance of recruiting the next generation of hunters and the conservation of our natural resources. His volunteer efforts in both arenas earned national recognition from the National Wild Turkey Federation, which presented Gambale with a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award.
“I consider my membership to the NWTF a privilege and an honor, as it has led me to befriend many of the finest folks on the planet,” Gambale said. “Hunting, the wild turkey and the great folk history attached to this great bird have enriched my soul forever. I’m honored to receive the Roger Latham award while recognizing all of team New Jersey NWTF for inspiring me with their volunteering spirit. I look forward to continuing our work saving the habitat and hunt with my brothers and sisters supporting our missions’ continued success.”
Gambale received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
Gambale currently serves as state chapter president and the state’s Save the Hunt coordinator, working with New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, and other conservation organizations, to carry out habitat enhancement projects and hunter recruitment efforts. Since 2013, he has volunteered with New Jersey’s wild turkey trapping and relocation efforts designed to restock turkey populations in the northern part of the state.
In addition to his efforts with the NWTF, Gambale is active with the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance and the Congressional Sportsman’s caucus, fighting for the rights of sportsmen and women in his state.
“Lou is committed to the NWTF and its goals, especially when it comes to our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “His leadership the both wildlife conservation and hunter recruitment efforts are truly appreciated.”
The NWTF presents Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards to members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.
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 a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or 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 Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.