NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For outstanding achievement in helping the National Wild Turkey Federation work toward its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative goal for hunter recruitment, three state chapters received a national award.
Representatives from the Struttin Blackbeards, and Minnesota and Pennsylvania state chapters accepted their Save the Hunt awards during the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
The accomplishments of this year’s winners include:
Minnesota NWTF State Chapter: Since the beginning of the NWTF’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initative, no state chapter has logged more hunter recruitment numbers than the Minnesota State Chapter.
Pennsylvania NWTF State Chapter: When comparing year-over-year figures, the Pennsylvania chapter experienced one of the largest percentage increases in the number of hunters recruited.
Struttin Blackbeards Chapter: The chapter received a partnership award for its collaboration with Whitetails Unlimited and area camps to provide a turkey hunting opportunity to youth and members of the local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter.
“Making strides in our hunter recruitment goal takes each and every chapter and volunteer doing their part,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Those in the Struttin Blackbeards, and the Minnesota and Florida state chapters are leading the way, and we could not be more proud of their efforts.”
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.