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02/14/2014

Minnesota Volunteer Earns National NWTF JAKES Award



Jason Stucky
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.— For more than 10 years, Jason Stucky has served as a benchmark of volunteerism with the NWTF. This year, his dedication to the NWTF's JAKES youth outreach program garnered a national award.

In recognition of his work in helping youth understand the importance of the outdoors and living an active lifestyle, Stucky received the 2013 JAKES Volunteer of the Year Award. He accepted the award during the 38th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. MidwayUSA was the official show sponsor.

"NWTF stands out from other organizations because of its strong focus on youth and families," Stucky said. "I volunteer because I enjoy teaching kids how to hunt and use guns safely, especially when they've never shot a gun. Winning this award is a big compliment. It means a lot to be recognized for what I've accomplished, but there's still so much I want to do for the JAKES program in Minnesota and nationwide."

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. As a valued volunteer, Stucky oversees Minnesota's two NWTF JAKES Take Aim traveling trailers and BB gun ranges, which helped teach 20,000 young people about hunting and conservation in 2013. The JAKES Take Aim trailers reached approximately 14,000 youths throughout the state in 2012.

Stucky serves as a JAKES Take Aim coordinator, and mentors shooters. He's president of the local NWTF Crow River Cutters Chapter, JAKES coordinator for the Rum River Longbeards Chapter, and JAKES chairman for the Minnesota State Chapter. He's well known for taking every opportunity to reach young people whether through organizing JAKES activities or other events.

The NWTF's JAKES program is dedicated to teaching youth the principles of wildlife management and the traditions of safe, ethical and responsible hunting.

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 JAKES Volunteer of the Year Award or other convention highlights, contact Melanie Swearingen at mswearingen@nwtf.net or (803) 637-7634.

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