NASHVILLE, TENN. – Tim Denny, of Cottonwood, Arizona, was honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation with the JAKES Volunteer of the Year Award during the 46th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by Mossy Oak.
“Being a volunteer and mentor for the NWTF has been a passion of mine since I first got involved 17 years ago,” Denny said. “I felt the need to help get kids in the outdoors, and with the NWTF’s support for our Arizona Youth Turkey Camps, it become even more real. The relationships you make are very special. The NWTF not only is about conservation but getting families together in the outdoors and keeping them active for years to come, and that means a lot to me.”
At NWTF events across Arizona, Denny is described as a dedicated volunteer, talented leader, stalwart conservationist and passionate mentor. He puts together the state chapter’s JAKES Turkey Hunting Youth Camp every year, and with the help of his committee, pulls it off flawlessly year after year.
Moreover, Denny is always available to support another local chapter or event, whether it be virtually, over the phone or in person. Denny works hard for the NWTF mission and strives to put youth first.
Denny’s volunteerism doesn’t just stop with outreach events. He is always looking for ways to improve the landscape and habitat for wild turkeys. He and his chapter volunteers are working on purchasing a water trailer to haul water to wildlife guzzlers to help with water availability during Arizona’s ongoing drought.
“Not everyone has parents or family members that hunt,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Providing opportunities for youth to learn about hunting and become stewards of our country’s natural resources is critical. We are proud to honor Tim for his dedication and altruism to providing youth opportunities to get outdoors.”
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.