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Another College Chapter Win for Illinois

Illinois State University has joined the ranks of NWTF college chapters, bringing the state’s fast-rising total up to four.

At its initial organizational meeting, more than forty students were in attendance. Moving forward, the chapter is planning its inaugural Hunting Heritage Banquet for Friday, February 7. In the interim, the committee meets on a weekly basis to shoot clays and make plans.

“We have assembled a great group of conservation-minded students,” said NWTF Regional Director Andrew Limmer. “By working with the school’s Sportsman’s Club, the NWTF has a chapter that is built upon students of varying interests and majors – wildlife, agriculture, business, pharmacy and others. It’s that diversity that will make this chapter such a success.”

The Illinois State University Chapter is led by Chapter President Riley Parmenter, a senior. In addition, the NWTF has been very impressed with the excitement and engagement of Illinois State University faculty and advisors. “They are really excited to have us here,” said Limmer.

The NWTF is focused on starting college chapters because young adults are the future of conservation. College chapters create a pool of future leaders for not only the NWTF chapters that share a town with a college chapter, but also for chapters across the nation. In addition to Illinois State University, there are active college chapters in Illinois at Western Illinois University, Southern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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