Dale Tribby, Montana
Home Chapter: Prairie Gobblers, Miles City, Mont.
Dale Tribby has spent many years as a hands-on participant in Montana's wild turkey restoration efforts.
NWTF: Dale, tell us a little about yourself.
Dale Tribby: I am a professional wildlife biologist, an avid hunter and fisherman. I live in eastern Montana where we are blessed with thriving game populations, long hunting seasons and access to abundant private and public lands. My wife Ann and I have two grown children, Sarah and Brad.
NWTF: How did you become interested in the outdoors?
DT: My father introduced me to the outdoors. Most of my early hunting was pursuing deer in the Black Hills and, on rare occasion, hunting pheasants. When I was five or six, my father's friend, the local game warden, took me with him to trap and tag white-tailed deer. From that point forward, I dreamed about becoming a professional wildlife biologist.
NWTF: How did you get started turkey hunting?
DT: While deer hunting, Dad would occasionally shoot a turkey, but I didn't start turkey hunting until I was in high school in the early 70s when my track coach took me spring turkey hunting. I have been hooked since.
NWTF: How long have you been involved with the NWTF?
DT: For approximately 20 to 25 years.
NWTF: What originally made you want to join the NWTF?
DT: I believed in the mission of conserving the wild turkey, improving habitat for multiple wildlife species and increasing hunting opportunities. Also, I respect the way the NWTF sought out professionals from each state and utilized the expertise of those individuals.
NWTF: Tell us a bit about your involvement with the NWTF.
DT: Not long after I moved to Montana, I was asked to assist an individual associated with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks with presenting turkey hunting and management seminars. In addition, I was asked to represent my Bureau of Land Management agency on the NWTF's technical committee. I have been involved in many banquets, turkey trap-and-transfers, habitat enhancement projects and also have worked closely with the NWTF's Montana state board of directors.
NWTF: Tell us about your most memorable NWTF experience.
DT: I have many great memories, but it is a thrill to take volunteers to assist in the capture and, more importantly, the release of wild turkeys. It is and always will be a special thrill to watch volunteers enjoy releasing a wild turkey into a new area.
NWTF: How easy is it for people to get started volunteering with the NWTF?
DT: People need to let their local NWTF leadership know they are interested in getting involved. The NWTF and state game agencies have done a terrific job of putting birds in previously unoccupied habitats so the opportunity to release turkeys is decreasing. But other opportunities exist. We need volunteers to assist with hosting fundraising banquets. As we all know, the good work that occurs on the ground must start with the generation of dollars.
NWTF: What are people missing by not joining the NWTF? Why should they join?
DT: The camaraderie experienced when working together to host banquets, improve habitat, serve the community or capture and release birds is powerful. Knowing that I am helping enhance habitat for so many wildlife species today and in future years and increase opportunities to access those species is why I belong to the NWTF.