Minnesota Volunteer Earns Conservation Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Larry Stcynske of St. Paul, has a passion for introducing youth to turkey hunting, and his tireless volunteerism for the National Wild Turkey Federation has earned him a national award.

Stcynske accepted one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards at the 40th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. RAM is the official convention sponsor.

“It feels good to be honored in this way,” Stcynske said. “I love turkey hunting, and as an outdoor organization, the NWTF is involved in everything that is important to me. They helped restore turkey populations and are now determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. by conserving habitat and getting youth and others involved in hunting.”

Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards are given to NWTF members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers, but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.

The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Stcynske, a 25-year member of the NWTF, is passionate about creating the next generation of sportsmen and women. Over the past four years, he has donated and helped assemble more than 2,000 turkey calls during the Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis.

He also volunteers time mentoring youth on turkey hunts and teaching safe gun practices by manning the JAKES Take Aim Trailer and Daisy’s inflatable BB gun ranges.

“Larry has made a tremendous impact in his community and state,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “He exemplifies the NWTF’s mission of conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage.”

Stcynske also founded the North Metro Longbeards, a chapter that has raised more than $300,000 for conservation and also now hosts the Twin Cities Sponsor and Committee Member Appreciation Dinner.

About the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
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.

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

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