NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Allen Jenkins, owner of Allen Jenkins Calls and former owner of M. L. Lynch Turkey Call Company, has produced millions of turkey calls and taken countless birds, but what he finds most satisfying about turkey hunting is using one of his calls to bring in a bird for a first-time hunter.
This philosophy paired with his dedication to the National Wild Turkey Federation and its mission, has earned him a national award.
“I got involved [with the NWTF] in 1973, when Tom Rogers called me, and I have been involved ever since,” Jenkins said. “Simply put, I love the wild turkey.”
Jenkins received the Dick Kirby Award, given to a call maker or company that has made significant contributions to the NWTF. Dr. Sam McManus accepted the award on Jenkins’ behalf at the 40th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. RAM is the official convention sponsor.
The award is named for turkey hunting legend Dick Kirby, who was the brains and heart behind Quaker Boy Calls. He also was one of the original members of the NWTF, serving nine years on its national board of directors in the 1990s.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. In 1973, Jenkins, who already was well respected in the turkey hunting community, became a founding member of the NWTF. He had recently purchased the M.L. Lynch company and helped the NWTF reach prospective members by providing 25,000 mailing addresses of recent call purchases to the conservation organization. He also included a leaflet for the NWTF with the more than 300,000 turkey calls sold over the next few years.
“Allen is a founding father of our great organization,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “His dedication to growing the organization and continued service to our mission helped make this organization what it is today.”
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, create 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.
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