Meet Your State Save the Hunt Coordinators
State Save the Hunt Volunteer Coordinators make a valuable impact on the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. They make up a strong network of outstanding leaders located across the nation, who will help us reach our goal of creating 1.5 million hunters.
By introducing men, women and youth to the outdoors and providing hunting opportunities, this team will provide NWTF chapter leadership and assist in building a strong foundation to ensure our success.
Meet some of the Save the Hunt Coordinators, and discover what drives their passion and how they plan to save the hunt.
Keith Carlson — Minnesota
I got hooked on hunting in my late 20s. I often ask myself why didnt I do this earlier in life? The answer is no one passed it on to me. That is why Im passionate about saving the hunt. There are others out there, who are just like me, looking for someone to take their hand and show them the way.
Lou Gambale — New Jersey
To save the hunt in New Jersey, I want to build a better partnership with our state agencies. I witness firsthand the positive influence hunting has on young folks and the health of our wildlife. Simply put, failure to continue this legacy is not an option.
David Wamer — Georgia
We plan on saving the hunt in Georgia by expanding hunt-and-learn programs that provide exposure to all aspects of the hunt while getting potential new hunters from the classroom into the field.
Mike Skaife — Wisconsin
We partner with the Wisconsin DNRs Learn to Hunt program. Our NWTF chapter had the first Learn to Hunt event in Wisconsin 16 years ago.
Wynn Smith — North Carolina
Conservation is at the core of the North Carolina Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. plan, but my personal passion comes with creating and educating hunters. Nothing compares to seeing the awe in new hunters eyes as they witness their first animal in the wild. Whether they harvest that animal or not, it is an experience they never forget.
Rich Williams — Arizona
The Arizona State Chapter is collaborating with 30 outdoor, hunting and conservation organizations working to preserve our hunting and angling heritage. The Hunting and Angling Heritage Work Group has 36 recruitment and retention camps scheduled for the 2014-2015 season. Save the Hunt is alive and well in Arizona!
Teddy Capel — Maryland
One-third of the chapters in Maryland have begun holding hunter education classes and are working to take new youth hunters afield by securing access to private lands for youth hunts. We also have gotten several federal parcels opened for youth hunters and provided opportunities for over 100 youth during 2013 alone.
Lynn Worwood — Utah
I believe if we involve our children at a young age, and they see how to be good stewards of our resources, we will have them for many years, and they will teach their children to do the same.
Roger Wolfe — West Virginia
I plan to challenge every chapter in the state to start a first-time hunt experience each year by pledging to introduce at least one new hunter to the woods each season.
Brian Gottfried — New York
One of the tactics of the Save the Hunt committee in New York is encouraging each chapter in the state to host a hunter education class and follow it with a youth hunt. A mentor showed me how to hunt, and now I get to return the favor to a younger generation.
O.D. Curry —Oklahoma
The prospect of instilling in the younger generation the life lessons I have acquired from a lifetime of hunting fuels my passion to save the hunt.
Keith Fritze — Massachusetts
My primary goal for saving the hunt in Massachusetts is to pass on our hunting heritage to those men, women and children who may not otherwise have the same opportunities I was afforded.
Andrew Niedermeyer — Indiana
We will partner with the Indiana DNR and local NWTF chapters to put on mentored hunts and encourage local chapters to include more hunting-prep classes in their outreach programs. You can do all of the conservation work in your lifetime that you want, but if you dont bring the next generation along with you, you risk losing it all.
Tim Gribbons — Massachusetts
I plan on saving the hunt in Massachusetts by helping design and implement new ways to introduce people to the outdoors.