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Anita Hardin, Kentucky

Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Home Chapter: Kentucky's First Ladies, Frankfort, Ky.
Family: Husband Ricky

NWTF: How did you get started with the NWTF?
Anita Hardin: My husband was an NWTF member, and I wanted to get involved in something we could do together. I went to a banquet and I thought it looked fun, so I joined.

NWTF: How did you get involved with the NWTF's Women in the Outdoors program?
AH: When my husband first became a sponsor member, I e-mailed the regional director and said, "There has to be something more we can do." After the regional director put me in touch with the Women in the Outdoors coordinator, I coordinated the first statewide women's event in Kentucky. Since then, my volunteering has filtered into working with different chapters and different events.

NWTF: What NWTF programs do you feel are the most important?
AH: The NWTF is like a puzzle. Each piece is important, and one part is no more important than the other. If you don't have all of the pieces, the puzzle is not complete, and you miss out on the big picture. Each piece makes the puzzle whole.

NWTF: What do you say to people when you're telling non-members about the NWTF?
AH: I tell them the NWTF is a family organization from cradle to grave. We don't leave anyone out. The NWTF allows you to spend more time with your family.

NWTF: Outside of hunting and the NWTF, what activities keep you busy?
AH: I like to cook and hike. I'm also a floral designer, and I have a full-time job.

NWTF: How long have you been a turkey hunter?
AH: About five years. I didn't get into turkey hunting until after I joined the NWTF. When you attend a Women in the Outdoors event, you'll find that you start with one activity, but you end up branching out into other areas because you start feeling comfortable and seeing that, "Hey, if I can do this. I can do that."

NWTF: Anita, it sounds like you stay super busy. What drives you to donate so much of your time to the NWTF?
AH: I'm driven by seeing the enjoyment and the smiles on peoples' faces when they get to do something whether it's for the first time or the dozenth time. Knowing I succeeded by helping someone have a good time or because a Wheelin' Sportsmen member was able to go on a hunt they thought they wouldn't be able to go on is very rewarding. I enjoy seeing their satisfaction when they realize they can do something. Then they'll share their experience with someone else.

NWTF: What are people missing out on by not joining the NWTF?
AH: They're missing out on the friendships, the camaraderie and just the enjoyment of being in the outdoors. If you don't get involved in a program like this, you just can't realize all there is to do in the outdoors.



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