Lynn Worwood, Utah
Hometown: Nephi, Utah
Home Chapter: Salt Creek Gobblers, Nephi, Utah
Family: Lynn and his wife Valerie have five children - three sons and two daughters - ranging from age 14 to 28.
Notable Fact: Lynn has been the chapter president of Salt Creek Gobblers chapter for 12 years.
NWTF: How long have you been turkey hunting, and what's your favorite part about it?
Lynn Worwood: Turkey hunting is relatively new here in Utah, but I've been turkey hunting for nearly 15 years.
I started turkey hunting when my brother asked me to go hunt turkeys with him and I said, "Who would want to hunt those dumb birds?" I had seen them when I was hunting mountain lions and thought, "They can't be too hard to hunt." But he took me and we called my first bird in. The second year we went, I was hooked. So it's all his fault that I hunt turkeys. My brother is also the person who appointed me to be the president of the Salt Creek Gobblers Chapter.
I guess I'm a purist. More than anything, I really enjoy the challenge of calling a bird in and watching him strut and display for me. That's probably the most exhilarating part of turkey hunting — that and watching your kids be successful hunting is even more fun.
NWTF: What do you do when you're not hunting?
LW: I love to photograph wildlife and the outdoors. That's a great reason to be out in the mountains.
NWTF: Do you have any tips to give a first time turkey hunter?
LW: Patience, patience, patience. Give the birds a chance. It took me a long time to get that, but I have it now.
NWTF: What are you doing to get ready for the next turkey season?
LW: I just finished elk hunting, and that's just about like turkey hunting. I hunt all year long, and try to stay in shape.
NWTF: How did you get started with the NWTF?
LW: When I first started turkey hunting, I had not heard of the NWTF. Then I read an article about the NWTF releasing turkeys in Utah, and I called the NWTF's Utah state chapter president and told him that I wanted to get involved.
I started helping with turkey releases in Utah and helping on a banquet committee. Then we formed our committee and our own chapter, and held our own banquet. After that, I got involved in the youth part of the NWTF and became the JAKES chairman for the state. I've been the JAKES state chairman for 10 years.
NWTF: What does your chapter do at your JAKES events to make sure people have a good time and keep coming back?
LW: We try to hold our annual JAKES event on the same weekend each year, when possible. We also try to introduce new stations each year, so it's not always the same old thing. Plus we try to keep it educational, new, interesting and fun.
NWTF: What memory from a JAKES event stands out for you?
LW: The highlight of my JAKES event memories was when I nominated the Federation for the *Boy Scouts of America's William T. Hornaday Award. In 2004, we went to the national JAKES event in Edgefield, S.C., and I presented the NWTF with the William T. Hornaday Award at that JAKES event.
I was also a group leader at that national JAKES event in 2004. I enjoyed the heck out of it. I had about nine kids in that group and three of them still e-mail me every year to let me know how they're doing. Those are the kinds of the things the NWTF's all about. It's the friendships you make. That's why I'm still a member. The NWTF stands for a lot of great things.
*NOTE: The William T. Hornaday Awards are given to honor individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to conservation.
NWTF: What motivates you to donate so much of your time to the JAKES program?
LW: If we don't educate our kids about outdoors, sportsmanship, and ethics and get it in their heads when they're young, we will have no one to blame but ourselves when we lose our freedoms or hunting privileges. We have to teach them to be hard workers and that volunteering is a great thing. I think the future of our hunting heritage and any other outdoor activity -- even the future of our country -- is in the hands of our kids. That's what motivates me to get kids outside and teach them about the outdoors.
NWTF: Why should someone join the NWTF? What's in it for them?
LW: I tell people in the West to join the NWTF if they want to see things continue to progress in the next 10 years like they have for the past 10 years. I think it's the best money you'll spend. You will get Turkey Country, a great magazine with tips and pointers on hunting and improving habitat. Joining the NWTF is the most inexpensive investment you can make in helping protect our hunting heritage and our wildlife in Utah and throughout North America.