State Save the Hunt Coordinator Selection Underway
The NWTFs Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a year underway. And the Hunting Heritage Programs team has put into play many strategies to help NWTF volunteers create 1.5 million new hunters over the next decade.
One of those strategies is to identify and train a volunteer Save the Hunt coordinator in each state. We already have several in place, with many more state chapters finalizing their decisions on who that exceptional volunteer will be to serve as liaison between the state and NWTF headquarters on behalf of our Hunting Heritage Programs — Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin Sportsmen and JAKES.
As chapters across the country gear up for spring and summer events, many are seeking guidance in the process. They understand the need to use the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative as a filter by which they plan activities. Many have begun the process by restructuring current event models to inspire would-be hunters and create new ones. Hunter creation is not a new concept to most of our chapters, but we are embarking on a concerted effort to make the most of our resources and time to achieve a common goal.
With approximately half of NWTF chapters hosting Hunting Heritage events, it is an opportunity for growth. State Save the Hunt coordinators will be there to assist chapters who want to get started, as well as provide guidance to those who are active but need help better aligning their current activity with the initiative.
The job of the coordinator is to teach and implement this simple event strategy: introduction, education, engagement and experience, with the goal to create lifelong hunters and hunting advocates.
These coordinators work diligently to form partnering relationships with state agencies so we can maximize efforts together.
It requires a great deal of time, dedication and a passion to see our hunting heritage preserved. Across the country, state leadership meetings are underway to develop, fine-tune and finalize state strategic plans, which include appointing a state Save the Hunt coordinator. Anyone interested in this volunteer position should contact his or her state chapter president or NWTF field staff.