Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Hometown Chapter: Gem State Chapter
NWTF member since: 1991
NWTF involvement: Paul is a past-president of the Gem State Chapter and is an Idaho state board member.
NWTF: How did you get involved with the NWTF?
Paul Waldon: I was blessed to have been raised in a home where my dad, grandfather and uncles hunted and have been a hunter since I was a child. I was involved with Ducks Unlimited for a few years in the 1980s and helped with fundraising there. When I attended my first NWTF chapter meeting I noticed that they were in need of some help especially with organizing their fundraising efforts, so I brought my knowledge and expertise to help out.
NWTF: What do you do when you are not turkey hunting?
PW: I think about turkey hunting. Really I like to do anything outside like big game hunting and fishing of all types.
NWTF: Who do you normally hunt with?
PW: I have three daughters who I take with me sometimes. I also get my jollies from taking out youth hunters. I think I am working on a new kind of Grand Slam because this year alone I have called in turkeys for a 12-year-old, a 13-year-old and a 14-year -old. Now I just need to take an 11-year-old.
NWTF: That should definitely count as a Grand Slam! What do you like about mentoring youth hunters?
PW: I like teaching first timers and watching the joy they get out of hunting, just like I did when I was young.
NWTF: What is it about hunting that makes you happy?
PW: It's a deeply rooted tradition and I just really love being outdoors. I love everything about it like watching the sun come up and go down and hearing the birds in the trees.
NWTF: What else do you like about being a member of the NWTF?
PW: I got to go to the annual convention in Nashville this year, and that was completely awesome. I had wanted to go in the past but never could due to family or work obligations. It was one of the cooler things I've done in my life. I liked meeting other NWTF members, sharing ideas, and learning and garnering information on all facets of conservation and hunting. The NWTF is a unique organization due to its dedication to youth, to vets, to people with disabilities and to God and country.