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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A disability or mobility impairment can make it difficult for someone to enjoy a peaceful afternoon of hunting or fishing. But with the help of a dedicated friend or two, anything is possible.

That's the message volunteers Steve and Shelley Chamberlain with the National Wild Turkey Federation's Wheelin' Sportsmen outreach program have spread throughout their community. For helping provide opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities, the couple recently won a prestigious national award.

At the 35th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, the Chamberlains, from Haughton, La., shared the Wheelin' Sportsmen Volunteer of the Year Award Feb. 18. MidwayUSA is the official sponsor of the convention, which lasts through Feb. 20.

"I actually met Steve through the Wheelin' Sportsmen program and we ended up getting married five years ago," said Shelley. "We share a passion for helping people with disabilities and we work well as a team. Steve scouts property and guides hunts, and I handle logistics such as registrations, hotel reservations and more. We both love the outdoors and it's great to spend time together while we help others."

Wheelin' Sportsmen provides people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy the outdoors through local chapter events throughout North America. Whether it's shooting, hunting, fishing or archery, there is no limit to the outdoor opportunities Wheelin' Sportsmen can offer people with disabilities who are eager to get outside and live an active lifestyle.

"Steve and Shelley Chamberlain have gone out of their way to help their neighbors and fellow sportsmen enjoy the woods and water in their area," said Illana Burkhart, Wheelin' Sportsmen coordinator. "The Chamberlains are shining example for others who want to preserve our hunting heritage by involving as many people as possible in the outdoors."

The NWTF annually hosts more than 300 Wheelin' Sportsmen events across North America where volunteers help more than 8,000 people with disabilities enjoy hunting, fishing, shooting and other outdoor activities.

Founded in 1973, the NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

The NWTF works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs – Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.

2011 Convention Sponsors

MidwayUSA – Official Sponsor

Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Bank of America, Benelli USA, Browning-USRAC, Call Makers and Collectors Association of America, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, HuntVe, Marlin Firearms Company, Mossberg & Sons Inc., Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, The Outdoor Connection Inc., Remington Arms Company Inc., Rivers Edge Treestands, SHE Outdoor Apparel, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, Weatherby Inc., Wild Turkey Bourbon, Winchester/Olin Corporation




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