Rob Stover Receives NWTF Award for Conservation Service
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Rob Stover of Jackson, Mo., embodies the meaning of "sportsman" and "service," having dedicated more than 30 years to conserving wild turkeys. For his commitment, Stover received a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award.
Stover accepted his award during the 38th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. MidwayUSA was the official show sponsor.
The NWTF determined this year's award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization's new Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Stover, a charter member of Missouri's Bootheel Boss Gobblers NWTF chapter, has worked tirelessly to promote wildlife conservation and hunting.
"I didn't realize how blessed I was to grow up in a hunting family until I started meeting people who never had an opportunity to hunt," Stover said. "Helping families and especially people with disabilities make memories outdoors, it's a thrill. My local chapter announced I'd won at our chapter Christmas party and toasted me with champagne. I couldn't believe it. I've never volunteered to earn awards, but it means so much to know other people think I'm doing a good job."
The Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards are given to NWTF members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers, but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.
Stover has played an integral part in the Bootheel Boss Gobblers' success, helping the chapter achieve "Million Dollar Chapter" and 20-year "Golden Gobbler Chapter" status for fundraising, which supports the NWTF's mission. He also serves on the Missouri State Chapter NWTF board of directors, as chairman of the Spring Hunter Apprentice School/Missouri State JAKES Hunt and in numerous other capacities that strengthen the conservation and hunting community.
Stover manages his family farm to promote conservation including converting pastures to crops. His successful management resulted in the harvest of the first quail, deer and wild turkeys on the farm in more than 50 years. He hosts many hunts and events for youth on the farm and coordinates or assists with various events to teach youth hunting skills.
"Rob truly embodies leadership and volunteer leadership," said Dave Mahlke, NWTF senior vice president of volunteer relations, field operations and training. "He selflessly gives his time and talent for a mission and heritage he's passionate about. His efforts have paid off for conservation, fundraising, growing the NWTF and introducing young hunters to the outdoors."
The NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million new hunters and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
William "Lee" Johnson of California and Robert Spencer of Kentucky also received Latham awards at this year's convention.
For more information about the Roger M. Latham Wild Turkey Service Awards or other convention highlights, contact Melanie Swearingen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 637-7634.