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McDonald County, Mo., volunteers receive NWTF national award for youth event

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Volunteers from the NWTF’s Sugar Creek Gobblers Chapter received national acclaim for their role in nurturing youth interest and education about the outdoors and an active lifestyle through the NWTF’s JAKES outreach program.

The Pineville, Mo.-based chapter was honored with the 2011 JAKES Best Special Event Award Feb. 10 at the NWTF’s National Convention and Sport Show at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The award was presented at the NWTF’s Federal Breakfast, which celebrated the theme: “Champions of Outeach.” More than 1,000 JAKES events were held throughout the nation last year by NWTF volunteers.

The Sugar Creek Gobblers’ “Fishing for Rainbows” event gave 200 children from nearby Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a powerful tornado, a fun day of fishing and target practice.

The NWTF’s JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) program teaches the principles of wildlife management and the traditions of safe, ethical and responsible hunting for youth up to age 12.

At JAKES events, youth learn about the outdoors, participating in activities such as hunting and fishing while learning about wildlife and the importance of conservation.
“The Sugar Creek Gobblers reached out to youth during a time of great sadness and need in their community,” said JAKES program coordinator Mandy Harling. “They exemplified what the JAKES program is all about.”

The NWTF’s Xtreme JAKES program provides advanced outdoor opportunities and challenges for ages 13-17. More than 75,000 youth attended JAKES and Xtreme JAKES events in 2011. Any local chapter that holds a JAKES event can apply for 10 highly competitive JAKES national awards.

Founded in 1973, the NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have achieved a great success in restoring wild turkey populations throughout the United States, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

To become a member of the JAKES or Xtreme JAKES program, or to volunteer in the JAKES program, visit To learn more about the NWTF, call (800) THE-NWTF, visit or go to

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