Hindman Earns Conservation Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tom “Tom Cat” Hindman, of the Pennsylvania Allegheny Plateau Chapter, received national recognition from the National Wild Turkey Federation as a recipient of a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award for his dedication to the NWTF mission.

“As someone who was privileged to meet Roger Latham and avidly read his papers, this award is especially meaningful to me,” Hindman said. “Teaching and communicating the values of turkey hunting and conservation is important to me because these values translate into many facets of our everyday life. Boots on the ground, whether it is conservation or teaching hunting, are crucial to ensuring our natural resources and perpetuating our hunting heritage.”

Hindman received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service awards presented at the 46th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by Mossy Oak. Hindman was unable to attend and had a close friend accept the award on his behalf. 

Hindman’s contributions to the NWTF include hosting turkey hunting clinics for over 20 years, communicating the important connection between turkey hunting and natural resource conservation and how they are applicable in many other areas of our daily lives.

After two decades of teaching turkey hunting clinics, Hindman still develops new and innovative ways of teaching audiences of different ages and backgrounds, all while staying current with regulations and inviting captivating guest speakers on a range of topics.

Moreover, Hindman has authored three books: “Tom Cat’s Treasure Chest,” his wild turkey cookbook; “Autumn Agendas and Affirmations,” chronicling fall turkey hunting; and “The Perfect Pursuit,” a comprehensive guide to spring turkey hunting that illustrates the similarities between our everyday lives and time in the spring woods. 

“Tom is a dedicated conservationist, talented communicator and a compassionate volunteer who strives to advance the NWTF mission,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We are proud to honor his invaluable contributions with the Roger Latham Award.”  

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. 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.