Tennessee Wheelin' Coordinator Featured in Field & Stream
NWTF Tennessee State Wheelin' Sportsman coordinator Shane Hall was profiled as a "Hero of Conservation" in February's issue of Field & Stream magazine, currently on newsstands.
The honor came with a $750 check for Hall to use on a conservation work of his choice.
Hall was the featured member of the magazine's three February nominees. This fall, finalists will be chosen from the monthly honorees, with one receiving a top prize of a new truck. All finalists will receive $7,500 for conservation work.
The Dyersburg, Tenn., native, who cannot walk much due to an accident years ago, runs one of the busiest state Wheelin' Sportsmen programs in the country.
Of Hall's dozens of yearly events, many are for American troops wounded in the Middle East and special operations forces. One of his biggest events for wounded military from Fort Campbell, Ky., takes place on Army property in Milan, Tenn., prior to the opening of Tennessee's spring turkey season.
"It's humbling to be recognized," said Hall. "But I get a lot of joy helping people enjoy the outdoors that couldn't otherwise. There's nothing I could ever do to repay the members of our military that risk their lives for us."
In addition to coordinating as many as two dozen events per year, Hall has overseen the construction of duck blinds and access facilities built especially for people with disabilities.
Hall's Wheelin' calendar includes hunts for wild turkeys, ducks and deer and well as fishing and other events.
Members of Hall's NWTF Forked Deer Longbeards Chapter donate hundreds of hours and travel thousands of miles to help with his Wheelin' projects and events. Hall's events are also supported by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Many top TWRA officials have attended his events.
"Shane is an amazing individual, a real go-getter," said TWRA executive director Ed Carter. "He has an enthusiasm for what he's doing that makes others want to follow him."
Last year, Illinois NWTF volunteers Ken and Marcia Polhamus were one of six finalists for the overall award and received $5,000 for conservation - they donated $2,500 to the JAKES program.