Hometown: Puryear, Tenn.
NWTF Involvement: NWTF Spokeswoman Brenda Valentine spreads the word about the NWTF all over the country. She is an award-winning television host, champion archer and author. She also writes "Hen Tracks" in each issue of Turkey Country.
NWTF: Why do you stand behind the NWTF?
Brenda Valentine: The NWTF is doing the best job of any conservation organization in protecting and enhancing the things that are important to me – Second Amendment rights, hunting laws, conserving wildlife and habitat, educating youth, women and non-hunters. The NWTF is like an insurance policy I am paying forward so my great-grandchildren can know the outdoor joys as I do.
NWTF: What passion do you share with NWTF members?
BV: We want to protect and preserve our hunting heritage through education and sound conservation practices. Three things happen at every NWTF banquet and most all sanctioned functions that seem to bind us all closer:
The Pledge of Allegiance is always recited with reverence.
Veterans are recognized and honored for their service to our country.
And prayer is offered before each meal.
NWTF: What are your top three favorite outdoor activities?
BV: Farming for wildlife is my favorite outdoor activity. Year-round scouting for game is exciting for me. I love hunting, especially bowhunting. It also brings me tremendous pleasure to call in a turkey or assist hunters with disabilities, kids or first-time hunters.
NWTF: How are you involved in the NWTF?
BV: As a national spokesperson I attend banquets, outreach functions and special fundraisers all over the country where I learn first-hand of the concerns and passions of other members. Not a day goes by that I am not actively involved with some NWTF project. I am a banquet committee member for my area chapter, the Tennessee River Longbeards. There is an NWTF license plate on the front of my pickup truck and an NWTF sticker on the back.
NWTF: Who is your favorite person to share the outdoors with?
BV: My husband, Barney, and I share the same passion for sneaking out early to listen for gobblers, planting food plots and glassing for white-tailed deer in bean fields.