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NWTF Volunteer Daniel Zerr is a Rare Breed

Daniel Zerr
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.— For his outstanding volunteerism, Daniel Zerr of St. Louis, Mo., was recognized with the Wild Turkey Bourbon Rare Breed Society Award. Zerr accepted his award during the NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. MidwayUSA was the official show sponsor.

Sponsored by conservation partner Wild Turkey Bourbon, the Rare Breed Society Award is presented each year to a volunteer who exemplifies grassroots dedication to the NWTF's mission, programs and wild turkey conservation. 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.

"Turkey hunting is the most exciting sport out there, so promoting conservation is a way I can give back to the natural resources that give me so much," Zerr said. "More NWTF members means our land and wildlife resources will be around for my grandkids. Helping grow the number of NWTF chapters in Missouri from 12 to more than 100 is rewarding. There are so many deserving volunteers that could have won this award. Being chosen is humbling."

Zerr became an NWTF member in 1981 and helped form the St. Louis Gateway Longspurs local chapter in 1982. As banquet chairman, he's helped his local chapter achieve "Golden Gobbler" status 19 times for fundraising efforts that support NWTF's mission. Zerr also has earned a seat on the NWTF George Clark Missouri State Chapter board of directors since 1987 - longer than anyone else in the state chapter's history. He's served his state and local chapters in various roles including president and secretary, but his volunteerism reaches beyond the NWTF.

Zerr also is a leader within the Conservation Federation of Missouri and is chairman of the group's Deer, Turkey and Ruffed Grouse Committee. He's committed to conserving wildlife and habitat, and to ensuring the next generation of hunters are educated and responsible. He has taught hunter education since 1986 and was chosen the St. Louis area's Hunter Education Instructor of the Year in 2005 and 2013.

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. NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

For more information about the Wild Turkey Bourbon Rare Breed Society Award or other convention highlights, contact Melanie Swearingen at or (803) 637-7634.




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