Jason McAnally, Texas
Home Chapter: Canadian River Chapter, Canadian, Texas
NWTF Member Since: 2002
Texan Jason McAnally knows the NWTF's JAKES, Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF and Women in the Outdoors outreach programs are valuable assets to preserving our hunting heritage.
NWTF: Jason, how long have you been a turkey hunter?
Jason McAnally: When I was 9, I started turkey hunting with my stepdad Steve, who was a huge influence on all of my hunting interests and activities.
NWTF: How did you get started turkey hunting?
JM: My family would take an annual spring turkey hunting trip, and I always looked forward to camping out. When I was 10, I killed my first longbeard and have been hooked since.
NWTF: Outside of hunting and the NWTF, what activities keep you busy?
JM: My boys keep us running with the sports and the Future Farmers of America activities they are involved in. We also enjoy 3D archery when we can make it to the tournaments.
NWTF: How did you get involved with the NWTF?
JM: When I was on another conservation group's committee, I was asked to help with an NWTF banquet. The following year, I went to an NWTF state awards banquet and have been a dedicated volunteer since.
NWTF: What NWTF programs do you feel are the most important?
JM: I really believe JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) and Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF are our most important outreach programs. The JAKES program is very near and dear to me. I was fortunate to have a dad that involved me in all his outdoor activities, and the NWTF makes sure youth have the same chance to be involved that I had. The next generation can be better than the last through the help from the kind of people the NWTF is made up of.
Being involved with the Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF program is a way to give back to a sport that has given me so much. The time spent hunting with family and friends is priceless, and helping someone who needs a helping hand is just a small way of giving back.
NWTF: Why do you continue to support the NWTF?
JM: To help protect our hunting heritage and to give back to and continue to make improvements to the state of Texas.
NWTF: What do you say to people when you tell them about the NWTF?
JM: Because the Canadian River area is blessed with a huge number of turkeys, I take a different approach and tell people about the NWTF's outreach programs. Once people give you an ear, they usually want to give their time or money.
NWTF: What motivates you to help others?
JM: Knowing that one act triggers another and, perhaps, I am doing a small part to make the world a better place.
NWTF: Why should people volunteer with the NWTF?
JM: I believe the NWTF is the premier conservation group and that if people research other organizations out there, they will find we are the best.
The average age of hunters grows older each year. And without the NWTF and other groups fighting for sportsmen and gun owners' rights, we will be in trouble. The voice of many is much louder than a single voice.