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02/15/2014

Bob Model Wins NWTF Hunting Heritage Award



Bob Model
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Longtime hunter and champion of conservation Robert "Bob" Model of Cody, Wyo., accepted the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award during the 38th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. MidwayUSA was the official show sponsor.

"Helping reintroduce wild turkeys north of Cody, 15 years ago is one of my greatest accomplishments because it provides opportunities for turkey hunters," said Model, who grew up in the ranching community and emphasizes the importance of partnerships to complete conservation projects. "I'm dedicated to wildlife and natural resource management, but never in my wildest dream did I expect to win an award like this. I'm overwhelmed and honored."

The Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award's namesake was a former president and chairperson of the National Wild Turkey Federation's national board. During her tenure, she emphasized the importance of our hunting heritage. Her leadership forged a new outlook for the organization, paving the way for its hunting heritage efforts. Today, the NWTF's mission to celebrate and preserve North America's hunting heritage is some of its most important work.

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. A rancher, hunter, outfitter, businessman and philanthropist, Model remains an active wildlife and habitat conservationist in every area of his life.

On his Mooncrest Ranch, Model revised and improved grazing systems and used prescribed burns to enhance wildlife habitat on private and public land. Through a partnership with Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Shoshone National Forest, he grew a non-migratory, self-sustaining elk herd in the Rattlesnake Mountain and Trout Creek Basin area from 250 elk to more than 2,000 since the mid 1970s.

Model is a member, past president and chairman of the Boone and Crockett Club, whose most noteworthy contributions to wildlife conservation in Wyoming and throughout the country are in the public policy arena at the national level. He was a founder and board member of the National Conservation Leadership Institute in Shepherdstown, WV, a joint endeavor between state and federal wildlife agencies, private conservation organizations, and natural resource industry to provide world-class leadership training to the next generation of conservation executives. During the Bush Administration, Model was a member and chairman of the Sporting Conservation Council. The Obama Administration recently appointed him to the newly formed Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council.

"During his tenure as president of the Boone and Crockett Club, Model took the lead in re-establishing the Club's role in promoting hunter ethics and advancing national policy on wildlife conservation and hunting heritage," said Becky Humphries, NWTF executive vice president of conservation. "He understands, believes, practices, and even preaches the conservation philosophy of the Boone and Crockett Club, and he's a valued friend of the NWTF."

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.

For more information about the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award or other convention highlights, contact Melanie Swearingen at mswearingen@nwtf.net or (803) 637-7634.

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