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What’s Your Why?

Net. Net/net. Net/gross. Net dollars raised. Banquet accounting is a foreign language to me. But I know it’s essential to keeping the NWTF doors open, so to speak.

Karen Lee, NWTF director of marketing communications and Turkey Country editor-in-chief

The money raised at Hunting Heritage Banquets helps NWTF chapters host outreach events, award scholarships and hold landowner field days. It’s those funds that when matched with elbow grease knocks out invasive species, sows food plots and purchases land for hunting access.

Fundraising is how we do what we do as the National Wild Turkey Federation.

It may seem like a silly question, but have you really considered why you pay your membership dues every year or why you volunteer your time?

Some of you belong to the NWTF because you like what we do for youth, women and people with disabilities.

Others of you believe in the NWTF’s mission of conserving wild turkeys.

I, for one, am proud to be a part of this organization because it has afforded me so many opportunities to make a difference. Not only has the NWTF given me the chance to build a career, it’s given me a platform to share my time and talents for a greater purpose.

But most importantly, the years I’ve spent at the NWTF have unveiled a deeper understanding of the relationship between hunting and conservation, a perspective I’ve shared with my young son. I’ve already seen that understanding surface in him, which makes me one proud mama.

I’ve witnessed firsthand the longstanding philosophies of the NWTF transition to the next generation, and it’s an incredible feeling.

You've heard about our new initiative: Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. It’s an aggressive set of goals: Raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million new hunters and open access to 500,000 new, additional acres for shooting, hunting and outdoor enjoyment.

It’s what the NWTF is going to do in the next few years, but the name of the initiative is why: Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

This initiative will take the already dynamic work of NWTF volunteers — all the whats — and focus them to achieve a unified set of goals.

It makes it easier to answer the question: Why are you a part of the NWTF?

All you have to say is: I belong to the NWTF, because I want to save the habitat and save the hunt.



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