2017 Individual Award Winners

The NWTF's annual Convention and Sport Show gives the organization the opportunity to thank the people who make the organization great. Volunteers from across the country work tirelessly to implement programs, raise money and generate energy to support the NWTF's mission of wild turkey conservation and hunting heritage preservation. The following outstanding individuals are the epitome of volunteerism and are role models from which all NWTF members can learn. 

C.B. McLeod Award

Billy Ball, La Follette, Tennessee

Communicator of the Year

Michael Waddell, Boogerbottom, Georgia

Dick Kirby Award

Jim Clay, Perfection Turkey Calls, Inc.

Henry S. Mosby Award

Joe Sandrini, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Hunting Heritage Programs Mentor of the Year

Ralph Warzecka, Eagle Bend, Minnesota

JAKES/Xtreme JAKES Volunteer of the Year Award

Theodore (Ted) Lidie, Redding, California

Joe Kurz Wildlife Manager of the Year Award

Micah Poteet, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award

Carol Bambery, Prosperity, South Carolina

National Making Tracks with the Bureau of Land Management Awards

Jennifer Walker, Zack Saavedra and Ryan Romero

National Making Tracks with the Forest Service Awards

Monty Gregg, Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest - Individual Partnership Achievement Award
Ian Fox, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands - Individual Habitat Management Award
The Mark Twain National Forest - Group Partnership Achievement

National Making Tracks with the Natural Resources Conservation Service

Galon Hall, Working Lands for Wildlife Program and Barb McWhorter, West Virginia State Forester   

Roger Latham Awards

Ben Doerge, Mexico, Missouri
Gib Rhodes, Madison, Kansas
Albert (Al) Bobrofsky, Battle Creek, Michigan
David and Judy Vaughan, Alton, Virginia

Wayne Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award

Steve Denney, Oregon

Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF Volunteer of the Year

Lisa Davis, Fifthian, Illinois

Wild Turkey Bourbon Rare Breed Society Award

Jeff McGahee, Georgia

Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 

Officer Rob Brazie, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Women in the Outdoors Annie Oakley Award

Jennifer Ford, Holden, Massachusetts and Kelly Dalbec, Rutland, Massachusetts