NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., goes to work each day advocating for the millions of hunters and anglers nationwide. His dedication to the future of hunting and wildlife conservation earned the Government Partner Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
“I take seriously my role in Congress to improve wildlife conservation and protect and promote our nation’s hunting heritage, and I want to thank the National Wild Turkey Federation for the great honor of being presented the Government Partner Award for 2019,” Scott said. “The National Wild Turkey Federation played a critical role in helping advance legislation to modernize the Pittman-Robertson fund, which passed the House last Congress. I remain committed to getting this important legislation through the House and Senate this Congress, and I appreciate the efforts of National Wild Turkey Federation representatives nationwide in this effort and their continued work on behalf of America’s sportsmen and women.”
The NWTF announced Scott’s award during the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
Scott, recently elected to a fifth term as representative of Georgia’s 8th District, knows the importance of conservation and has worked on several critical pieces of legislation that would positively impact the future of hunting. He introduced H.R. 877 at the end of January 2019 to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to modernize the funding of wildlife conservation — legislation he had previously pushed for with the 115th Congress. As currently written, the legislation would give state agencies more flexibility to use funding for recruitment of hunters and recreational shooters. Scott also co-sponsored the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act to safeguard conservation efforts, improve forest management and open access to hunting.
“Congressman Scott is an asset in Washington for all who enjoy the outdoor pursuits,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “His efforts to secure our rights and our heritage is important to the future of hunting and wildlife 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.
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.