NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brian Malone received the Mentor of the Year award for his dedication to sharing his love of the outdoors and wild turkeys with others. He accepted the 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.
“I’m both humbled and extremely honored to be named the volunteer Mentor of the Year,” Malone said. “As sportsmen, the most important thing we can do for the future of hunting and wildlife conservation … is to leave more than we took for the next generation to come. Take the time to pass down the knowledge that has been passed down to us. Do all that we can to provide education, assistance and hunting opportunities for anyone interested in participating in this sport. Also, work as hard as we can to better, to improve and to protect our natural resources and open spaces.”
For more than 30 years, Malone taught others about conservation while taking them on their first turkey hunts. His inspiration and teachings have created a new generation of turkey hunters and mentors. Throughout his professional and personal life, Malone has volunteered at hunter education classes, Turkey Hunting 101 courses and mentored hunts. Malone also was instrumental in the restoration of the wild turkey on Cape Cod, serving as former Dennis, Massachusetts, director of natural resources.
“Brian is a mentor’s mentor,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Because of his dedication to preserving our hunting heritage, those he first mentored are now recruiting a whole new generation of hunters. We are blessed to have such dedicated and faithful volunteers like Brian.”
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