NWTF Chapters Earn Youth Outreach Awards


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For outstanding achievement in coordinating and hosting youth outreach events, seven National Wild Turkey Federation chapters received national awards.

Representatives from the Pitt County chapter and the Upper Cumberland chapter    accepted JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) awards during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

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

Pitt County chapter — Received an award for the Best Inaugural Event for their NWTF Pirate Classic Youth Hunt. More than 200 JAKES participated, representing seven counties in North Carolina. Youth hunters harvested 32 birds during the inaugural event. (click here for photo)

Upper Cumberland chapter — Received the Membership Achievement Award for having the highest percentage increase from the previous fiscal year. The chapter recruited 344 JAKES members, a 47 percent increase from fiscal year 2016. (click here for photo)

“There are few things more fulfilling in this world than helping a child catch their first fish or learn to shoot a bow or a BB gun as they discover there is an entire world just outside their font door,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Our volunteers provide excellent opportunities throughout the year for children across the country, and we are certainly proud of their efforts.”

In 1981, the NWTF saw a need to get youth outdoors and began the JAKES program. It later added Xtreme JAKES to provide teens with more advanced outdoor opportunities. JAKES Take Aim gives youth the chance to try target shooting, clay target shooting and shotgunning in a safe, fun environment. 

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