NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For outstanding achievement in coordinating and hosting events for individuals with mobility impairments or special needs, four National Wild Turkey Federation chapters received national recognition.
Chapters accepted the Wheelin’ Sportsmen awards during the 42ndannual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
TurkeyVille Toms chapter — Earned a Best Partnership Award for its Freedom Hunt. Through the years, countless sponsors, conservation groups and volunteers have helped recruit and reactivate over 300 hunters with disabilities — 90 percent of whom are military veterans — and provided an opportunity to experience wild turkey hunting. The chapter is also a new inductee into the NWTF Outreach Hall of Fame.
Pine Mountain Longbeards chapter — Earned a Best Partnership Award for its Wheelin’ Sportsmen Wounded Warrior turkey hunt. This year, the chapter hosted 26 hunters. It partnered with groups, including the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association, for the hunt. This is the chapter’s fifth national award this year, which warrants induction into the NWTF Outreach Hall of Fame
“Our volunteers who host Wheelin’ Sportsmen events across the country are doing so much more than creating hunters,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “They are empowering those wounded warriors and individuals with mobility impairments to be able to enjoy the outdoors for years to come.”
The NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen program provides all people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. NWTF chapters host Wheelin’ Sportsmen events across North America to help participants gain a sense of independence by learning to stay active in the outdoors on their own.
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