Kortright Receives National Award for Youth Outreach


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Earl “Butch” Kortright accepted the JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Volunteer of the Year award during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

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

“Receiving the JAKES Volunteer of the Year award is an honor for me,” said Kortright, of Parksville New York. “I have been an NWTF member for 37 years and an active volunteer for 15. Receiving and enjoying the outdoors from my own hunting heritage, I feel it is my obligation to give back. My greatest reward is seeing the smiling faces, positive feedback and reactions of the youth who I inspire.”

From inspiring youth during annual events to inspiring the local business community to get involved, Kortright’s volunteer spirit is contagious. He recruits volunteers to help make the Sullivan County Long Beards JAKES program a success each year.

In 2016, there were more than 750 JAKES members in the entire state of New York; however, more than 200 of those were from the Sullivan County chapter where Kortright is a volunteer.

“Butch has the true volunteer’s heart,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Through his actions, he inspires the youth at these events, and he inspires others to get involved as well. We are thankful for volunteers like Butch who give so much of themselves to 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