Hometown: Hamburg, Ark.
Hometown Chapter: Tcheminahaut Spurs
NWTF member since: 1989
NWTF Involvement: Dedicated to introducing youth to the outdoors.
NWTF: What do you like most about being a part of the NWTF?
Jim Wells: The people. Everyone you deal with, whether it is NWTF staff, local volunteers or other hunters, is nice and just wants to help and make a difference.
NWTF: What got you involved with the NWTF in the first place?
JW: A friend asked me to be on a banquet committee. I didn't know what the NWTF was but I thought it would be a good way to meet new folks. I started volunteering for a pragmatic reason but it quickly turned into a passion.
NWTF: What NWTF programs do you feel are the most important?
JW: JAKES, because if we lose our kids we've lost everything.
NWTF: Do you have a favorite memory of participating in any of these programs?
JW: The event that sticks out the most is the first JAKES event. A young man won a gun and he was so proud and said that his folks were not able to buy him a gun. We gave this kid a gift, and hopefully a lifelong love of hunting that he would not have gotten otherwise.
NWTF: How long have you been turkey hunting and what is your favorite part?
JW: The best part is the game and the chase. I love being out in the woods trying to outfox nature. I have been turkey hunting since 1990 and I have hunted every season since then.
NWTF: Do you get to hunt often?
JW: I hunt every time I get a chance. Whether it is Arkansas, Mississippi or even Kansas, whenever I get an opening, I go.
NWTF: What do you like most about being a member of the NWTF?
JW: Telling people about the NWTF and the huge range of great things that we do. I also love that a large percentage of the money we raise at banquets comes back to be invested in our state. I also want people to know the NWTF is much more than just a TV show.