NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Three National Wild Turkey Federation state chapters received national awards for outstanding achievements in the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters.
Representatives from the Ohio, Massachusetts and Wisconsin state chapters accepted the R3 awards during the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
The NWTF awards chapters that host hunting heritage events focused on recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters. Hunter numbers across the United States 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 state chapters received recognition for the following events:
Ohio NWTF State Chapter’s Women in the Outdoors event – The chapter’s three-day event offered more than 30 options to attendees. Activities included fishing, shooting, archery, crafts and an inaugural squirrel hunt. More than 100 women attended the event, and seven became hunters through the mentored hunt opportunity.
Massachusetts NWTF State Chapter’s Young Adult Turkey Hunting Program – In collaboration with MassWildlife, the state chapter hosts a two-part program for young adults wanting to learn to turkey hunt. Participants, ages 12 to 17, first learn about turkey hunting from experienced hunters, even taking part in a mock turkey hunt. Youth who complete the training portion of the program then have the opportunity to turkey hunt with an adult mentor, usually on the Saturday before the general turkey season opens. In 2018 alone, more than 170 youth took part in the program, bringing the 10-year total to more than 1,000 youth participants.
Wisconsin NWTF State Chapter’s Women in the Outdoors Event – For the 21st year of the WITO weekend, the state chapter hosted more than 150 women. Attendees chose their own weekend experience from a variety of shooting, hunting and nature-themed activities. Those interested in learning to hunt receive more information on mentored hunt opportunities.
“Our chapters are dedicated to preserving our hunting heritage, using creativity and innovation to keep programing fresh,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “These programs are part of our success story, and we are proud to honor 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 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.
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.