(left to right) Becky Humprhies, Garry Mason
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — National Wild Turkey Federation received the 2017 American Outdoor Organization of the Year by Garry Mason’s Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame.
NWTF CEO Becky Humphries accepted the award on behalf of the NWTF. The award was presented August 26 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“We are honored being chosen once again as the American Outdoor Organization of the Year,” Humphries. “We work hard each day to live up to the values our members and volunteers set forth as we all work to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”
In year four of the 10-year initiative, NWTF has already conserved 1,732,156 acres of the 4 million goal, created 680,750 new hunters of the 1.5 million goal and have opened access to more than 327,861 acres of the 500,000 goal.
“We are very proud to be able to honor the National Wild Turkey Federation with the 2017 Legends of the Outdoors American Outdoors Organization of the Year award this year,” said Garry Mason, founder and director of Legends of the Outdoors. “This is the second time that the NWTF has received this award from the hall of fame and I believe that it is very well deserved. The NWTF has been one of the nation’s leaders in conservation efforts not only for the restoration of the Wild Turkey population in America but for many other species of wildlife as well. We are very proud to say thanks to all of the members of this great organization and all of its hard working members and volunteers with this award.”
Other recipients this year include:
- 2017 Legacy Award – Jeff Huntley, CEO and President of T-H Marine
- The Tennessee Outdoorsman of the Year – Joey Monteleone
- 2017 Legends of the Outdoors inductees: Dave Precht, Morris Sheehan, Lisa Snuggs, Walter Parrott, Guy Eaker Sr, Jerry Antley, Bob Foulkrod, and Steve Price.
- The Ray Scott American Trailblazer Award – Harold Knight and David Hale
- Outdoor Manufacturing Excellence Award – Fishing – Strike King Lures
- Outdoor Manufacturing Excellence Award – Hunting – O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc.
- Wade Bourne Outdoor Communicator of the Year – Larry Rea
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 a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or 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.
About “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame
Founded by Garry Mason in 2002, “The Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame was established to recognize outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen who, through countless hours of hard work and devotion to the outdoors in hunting and fishing, have played an integral part in setting the standards and guidelines for the rest of the outdoor world to follow.
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698