American Outdoor Organization of the Year Winner Announced


SPRINGVILLE, TN – Founder of the "Legends of the Outdoors" National Hall of Fame, Garry Mason, has released the recipient of the American Outdoor Organization of the Year – NWTF. The National Wild Turkey Federation will be presented this prestigious award at the 16th Annual "Legends of the Outdoors" National Hall of Fame's 2017 event. As we have in the previous few years, this year's event will be held aboard one of the largest paddlewheel showboats in the country - the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen in Nashville, TN on Saturday, August 26th dockside along the Cumberland River. Boarding begins at 9:00am and will be followed by the banquet and induction/award ceremony at 10:00am. 

The NWTF has long been a staple in the conservation of the wild turkey population. Founded in 1973, the organization has worked endlessly to focus on conservation, quality of life habitat and safe hunting practices which have benefitted not just the wild turkey, but countless other species. They are making a difference for wild life, wild places and our hunting lifestyle.

Other awards and recipients this year are: The Ray Scott American Trailblazer Award to Harold Knight and David Hale for their "trailblazing" of game calls, the Outdoor Manufacturing Excellence Award – Fishing – to Strike King Lures due to their longevity and consistency in the fishing field, the Outdoor Manufacturing Excellence Award – Hunting – to O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc., manufacturer of quality firearm products for , and we have a new award being presented this year, the Wade Bourne Outdoor Communicator of the Year Award will be received by Larry Rea, editor of Mid-South Hunting and Fishing News and longtime outdoor sports writer for the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The inductees for 2017 are: Dave Precht– outdoor writer and editor of Bassmaster Magazine; Morris Sheehan – President, American Bass Anglers, Inc.; Lisa Snuggs - SEOPA Executive Director, & OJEFA CEO; Walter Parrott – champion turkey caller & hunter; Guy Eaker Sr – professional angler; Jerry Antley – founder of Cedar Hill game calls; Bob Foulkrod – renowned sportsman, writer and television personality; and Steve Price – outdoor writer and photographer, and our Guest Speaker this year will be Jimmy Sites, contributor to the "Sportsmen's Bible", outdoors advocate and host of "Spiritual Outdoor Adventures".

The event is open to the public. Sponsorship information and individual ticket reservations may be obtained through the "Legends of the Outdoors" website at, or by calling 731-693-7770. Reservations must be made and purchased before July 31, 2017.