NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For their outstanding achievements in the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, four National Wild Turkey Federation chapters received national awards during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.
The NWTF gives R3 awards to chapters whose hunting heritage events focus on recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters. Hunter numbers across the U.S. have been in an alarming decline for the past 30 years, a trend that could jeopardize the conservation of our natural resources, since hunters foot the bill for the majority of conservation efforts in North America.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
The year’s winners are:
Jerry Zimmerman Memorial chapter — Received the award in recognition of their event, which partnered with Camp Compass Academy to host a JAKES pheasant hunt. This was a unified effort to introduce urban, middle and high school students to various outdoor pursuits. The recruited hunters have since participated in additional hunts and are now licensed hunters. (click here for photo)
Botetourt Longbeards chapter (JAKES) — The chapter exemplifies a 12-month chapter, hosting events and hunts throughout the year to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters. The chapter is also a new inductee into the NWTF Outreach Hall of Fame for receiving five national awards. (click here for photo)
Central Massachusetts chapter (WITO) — Received the award in recognition of their annual event that features over 30 classes, which includes everything from game processing to Turkey Hunting 101 courses. The chapter is also a new inductee into the Outreach Hall Of Fame for receiving five national awards. (click here for photo)
Iowa NWTF State Chapter — Received the award in recognition of their “Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors” program. This year-long program incorporates the help of multiple chapters within the state. Participants range from ages 18-45, and the program takes them through multiple events focused on hunting, — culminating in a mentored hunt. (click here for photo)
“Our chapters not only bring their dedication to our mission to the table, they also bring their innovation and creativity,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “These programs are part of our success story, and we are honored by their work.”
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