McAninch Receives NWTF Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Wild Turkey Federation recognized the work of Jay McAninch by presenting him with the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award.

McAninch, of Centreville, Virginia, accepted the award during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized in the memory of Lynn Boykin, a consummate hunter and family-first conservationist and by NWTF, a conservation organization with an unparalleled record of success in restoring turkeys,” said McAninch. “This award is especially meaningful knowing that NWTF, more so than any other conservation group, has dedicated so much time and treasure not only to a specific species but to the overall future of hunting and conservation.”

The Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award’s namesake was a former president and chairperson of the NWTF’s national board. During her tenure, she emphasized the importance of our hunting heritage and helped create a new outlook for the organization. Today, the NWTF’s mission to celebrate and preserve North America’s hunting heritage is some of its most important work.

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

From the beginning of his career as a wildlife biologist and ecologist, to serving as president and CEO of the Archery Trade Association, McAninch has made vast strides to bring agencies, individuals and politicians together for a common goal. Because of his work on the agency and industry round table, the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports was formed. He has worked tirelessly in promoting the creation of the R3 movement

“Jay’s leadership in the field and in the boardroom has helped to positively move the needle in our efforts to recruit, reactivate and retain hunters,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Without his efforts to bridge the communication gaps that existed between groups, our hunting heritage would be in further danger.”

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

For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698