McNeil Earns Rare Breed Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Wild Turkey Bourbon is a proud sponsor of the Rare Breed Society Award each year at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

This year’s recipient, Steve McNeil, of Auburn, Illinois, is a volunteer who exemplifies grassroots dedication to the conservation organization’s mission, programs and wild turkey conservation.

"It is an honor to receive this award with so many great volunteers within the organization,” said McNeil. “I truly enjoy being part of the NWTF family and believe in what it stands for."

Since joining the NWTF in 1994, McNeil has served on committees and in a vast majority of the leadership roles for his local chapter, as well as the Illinois State Chapter. As Illinois NWTF State Chapter president, McNeil traveled to more than 20 events across the state this past year.

“Steve has spent countless hours in dedication to our mission and our programs,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “From starting new chapters to securing major donors, we would not have seen the success we have without volunteers like him.”

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