NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For his dedication to conservation, Gary Reeder earned a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Reeder, of Delhi, Iowa, received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards at the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards are given to NWTF members who have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation but are not employed as professional wildlife managers.
“I am extremely honored and humbled by receiving this prestigious award,” Reeder said. “The NWTF has been a huge part of my life for the last 20 plus years, and winning this award motivates me to work even harder to advance the cause of our great organization!”
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
Reeder shares his lifetime of hunting knowledge with anyone who is interested in learning. He was instrumental in the establishment of his local chapter, where he has served as secretary/treasurer since its inception. His work in the chapter has helped it produce one of the top hunting heritage banquets in Iowa for the last 20 years, as well as being the chapter with the most sponsor members. The chapter also has raised the most funds for the Iowa State Super Fund during those years.
“From mentoring new hunters to raising funds, Gary sets the bar high for his fellow members,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Without funding, our mission could not be completed, and we are indebted to volunteers like Gary for the dedication to our mission.”
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