Ray Eye Named NWTF Communicator of the Year
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ray Eye knows a thing or two about wild turkeys and, thankfully for hunters across the nation, he likes to share his knowledge.
Called “America’s Premier Turkey Hunter” by The Wall Street Journal, Eye has communicated his expertise on turkey hunting and the outdoors for more than three decades.
The Hillsboro, Mo., native was named the 2012 NWTF Communicator of the Year Award on Feb. 11 at the 36th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show.
Eye has hosted several national television shows, written for national outdoor publications, has his own outdoor radio show in St. Louis and conducts seminars across the nation. Eye also writes “Chasing Spring,” a popular blog on OutdoorLife.com.
He also has a new book titled “Ray Eye’s Turkey Hunter’s Bible: The Tips, Tactics and Secrets of a Professional Turkey Hunter.”
“Receiving this award is very humbling,” said Eye. “It’s such an honor to have my name alongside the great people who have won this award in the past. I think people in my position have an obligation to spread the gospel about our trade.”
Originally a welder and an avid turkey hunter and contest caller, Eye honed his communications skills while demonstrating turkey calls he made for Wal-Mart in mid-1970s. Six years later he was asked to give a seminar at a local college and his new career took off.
Mixing his expertise with down-to-Earth honesty and timely humor, Eye built a national fan base.
“When I think about it, I can’t believe it. I talk and people want to listen,” Eye said. “People are still hungry for information on how to do something.”
Eye has been an enthusiastic NWTF member and supporter since the NWTF’s founding in 1973. Each year, he donates his time to hold seminars at the NWTF National Convention and Sport Show. He has also donated guns and hunts, as well as promoting the NWTF’s mission whenever possible.
"In every type of media from radio and TV, to magazines and books, and now through Internet blogging Ray has promoted our mission and conservation efforts to help the wild turkey and other wildlife,” said NWTF Editorial Director Burt Carey. “He's a superb communicator, and I'm excited for him that the NWTF Board of Directors recognized him with this award."
Past NWTF Communicator of the Year Award recipients include: Tom Fegely, Ron Schara, J. Wayne Fears, Grits Gresham, Jim Zumbo, Jim Casada, Glenn Sapir, Col. Tom Kelly, Ronnie “Cuz’ Strickland and Kevin Howard.
The NWTF, a national nonprofit organization, is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America.
Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat.
2012 NWTF Convention Sponsors
MidwayUSA – Official Sponsor
Academy Sports + Outdoors, Barronett Blinds, Bass Pro Shops, Benelli, Big Tex Trailers, Bird Dog and Whitetail Whiskey, Browning, Cabela’s, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Marlin Firearms, Mossy Oak, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, O.F. Mossberg, Remington Arms Company, Inc., Titan UTV, Winchester/Olin Corporation, U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, Weatherby, and Wild Turkey Bourbon.
To learn more about the NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org