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Valentine Wins National Writing Award for NTWF Blog

NWTF spokesperson Brenda Valentine received a national 2013 Pinnacle Award from the Professional Outdoor Media Association at its annual meetings in March in Columbia, S.C.

Valentine won the Newspaper/Internet Article Category for a diary entry, which appeared on, about her 10th day on the "Outdoor Legends Tour" last summer to visit U.S. soldiers in Southwest Asia and Germany.

The award, presented by Mossy Oak, honors excellence in communications related to the traditional outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, shooting, trapping and the traditional outdoor sports industry. A Pinnacle Award is the highest honor POMA bestows upon its media members for their creative works.

Valentine's diary detailed her experiences traveling to military bases and meeting soldiers.

"The experience was life-changing in many ways, but the change it brought about to me as a hunter was a sense of renewed pride," Valentine wrote.

"One of the most poignant statements I heard in Afghanistan that continues to reverberate in my head was, 'The anti-hunters sure haven't sent anybody over here to see us and make us feel appreciated.'

"These words alone should make every hunter stand a little taller when they see an American flag. I know I do."

The NWTF, a national nonprofit organization, is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. Through dynamic partnerships with local, state and provincial agencies, the NWTF has conserved 17.3 million acres of wildlife habitat, investing more than $412 million.

The NWTF recently launched its "Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt." initiative to conserve and enhance 4 million acres of critical upland wildlife habitat and create 1.5 million new hunters. For more information on the NWTF, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit POMA's Pinnacle Awards are the highest honor the organization bestows upon its media members for their creative works.



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