NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For outstanding achievement in coordinating and hosting events for individuals with mobility impairments or special needs, six National Wild Turkey Federation chapters received national recognition.
Representatives from the Bottomland Limbhangers, Forked Deer Longbeards, Northern Catskills Longbeards, Reelfoot Longbeards, Sho-Me and Tennessee state chapters received awards during the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
This year’s winners received their awards for the following:
Bottomland Limbhangers, Forked Deer Longbeards, Reelfoot Longbeards and the Tennessee State chapters, Tennessee – Recognized with a Partnership Award, the chapters partnered with each other and the Milan Army Ammunition Plant to host 14 wounded veterans from the 101st Airborne out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. All the attendees received an NWTF membership as well as friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Northern Catskills Longbeards Chapter, New York – More than 20 wounded veterans attended the chapter’s mentored turkey hunt and became NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen members in the process, earning the chapter a Membership Achievement Award. Hunters went through a day of education and patterning firearms before ever hitting the field with their mentors.
Sho-Me Chapter, Missouri – Between the chapter’s mentored deer hunt and its day at the range event — both for those with mobility impairments — the chapter works tirelessly with partners to ensure all attendees have the opportunity to experience the outdoors. This earned the chapter a Partnership Award. Partners for the events include the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Southwest Center for Independent Living and countless volunteers and mentors.
“Our volunteers who host Wheelin’ Sportsmen events across the country are doing so much more than creating hunters,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “They are empowering those wounded warriors and individuals with mobility impairments to be seek enjoyment in 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 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.