NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Steve McNeil, of Auburn, Illinois, has received national recognition from the National Wild Turkey Federation as the recipient of the Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award for his commitment to the NWTF’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative and for his exceptional work as a NWTF volunteer.
“I joined my local Flatlanders committee in 2000, and, in 2010, I was elected to the Illinois State Board,” McNeil said. “During my time on the state board, I have been the treasurer, president and am currently the vice president and Super Fund chairman. I have truly enjoyed being part of the NWTF and all the outstanding staff and volunteers that I have worked with over the past 25 years. I am humbled and honored to receive the Roger M. Latham Award when we have so many great volunteers within the organization.”
McNeil received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards at the 44th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
In addition to being a dedicated volunteer for over the last 25 years, McNeil is the Illinois state chapter president and a Diamond Life Member of the NWTF. McNeil has helped Illinois raise over 1.6 million dollars for NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative, and McNeil’s dedication to raising funds for NWTF’s mission range from starting local chapters to securing annual funds for R3 initiatives.
“Steve is an outstanding volunteer, and his ability to secure major donors and help orchestrate banquets in Illinois has made a substantial impact in the state,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We are proud to have Steve as part of the flock.”
The NWTF presents Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards to members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.