NASHVILLE, TENN. – The National Wild Turkey Federation awarded NWTF Save the Hunt Coordinator Bobby Armstrong with the Mentor of the Year Award for his commitment to the R3 (recruitment, retention and reactivation) movement, taking new hunters afield and serving as a passionate resource for those interested in getting outdoors.
“I am humbly honored to have been nominated and chosen to receive the Mentor of the Year Award,” Armstrong said. “I feel it is our duty as hunters to share the hunting heritage with new hunters and help them become more confident in hunting. Every hunter has had a mentor in some aspect. The NWTF has given me the opportunity to meet and work with others in fulfilling this duty for those who may not have had the same opportunity as we have. It brings me much joy to be a part of someone’s first hunting experience. To know that I made a lasting impact on someone is more rewarding than any harvest I have personally taken.”
Armstrong, of Oklahoma, accepted the Mentor of the Year Award during the 46th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by Mossy Oak.
Armstrong has been an NWTF member and volunteer since 1998. Recently, he has served on the Oklahoma State Board of Directors and as the NWTF Oklahoma Save the Hunt coordinator since 2016.
Through his actions, compassion and volunteerism, Armstrong has illustrated the utmost dedication to creating more hunters and more mentors. Armstrong uses his strong social media presence to advocate and showcase the NWTF’s mission-centric programs and events.
Moreover, Armstrong has a well-established relationship with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, including its wardens and biologists. Together, they hold numerous events to recruit and educate new hunters. Over the last several years, Armstrong has become the voice of the hunter for the NWTF in Oklahoma.
He is held in high esteem by NWTF’s membership, as well as the leadership of other NGOs, with whom he has partnered to host events to promote the NWTF’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
“Bobby is an R3 all-star, and we are lucky to have him as a part of the flock,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “His unwavering commitment to the R3 movement and his overall passion as a volunteer have earned him the Mentor of the Year Award.”
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. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed goals of conserving or enhancing more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruiting or retaining more than 1.5 million hunters and opening access to more than 500,000 acres for hunting and other recreation opportunities. This critical work will continue to impact wildlife habitat and our great outdoors in the final year of the initiative.