NWTF Names Waddell Top Communicator


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Michael Waddell, host of “Bone Collector” and national spokesperson for the National Wild Turkey Federation, received the organization’s Communicator of the Year Award for his work promoting hunting and conservation.

Waddell accepted the award at the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.

“(I’m) so humbled and blessed to win this award. I’ve always felt like getting the word out there about hunting, conservation and the outdoors is my No. 1 job,” Waddell said. “Winning this makes me feel like I’m accomplishing my goals. I’m convicted to keep sharing the good news of our culture.”

Waddell, through his television program and regular appearances with local chapters and hunts, provides a unique opportunity to share the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. message with people from all walks of life. His roots in the woods of rural Boogerbottom, Georgia, brought the impact of the initiative into focus early for Waddell, and he has never forgotten those lessons. His desire to share the outdoors in a way that makes others want to engage in hunting while remaining credible and legitimate to veteran hunters is what makes him stand out.

“Michael is an absolute asset to the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative and the NWTF,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “His friendly and approachable manner is what makes him a perfect voice to tell the conservation story to new generations as well as to those who have lived the outdoor lifestyle for decades.”

Past NWTF Communicator of the Year Award recipients include: Jana Waller, Brenda Valentine, Steve Rinella, Tom Fegely, Ron Schara, J. Wayne Fears, Grits Gresham, Jim Zumbo, Jim Casada, Glenn Sapir, Col. Tom Kelly, Ronnie ‘Cuz’ Strickland, Kevin Howard and Ray Eye.

About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit and reactivate at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.