NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carl “Sonny” Kief, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, recently eclipsed the 40-year mark of volunteer work for the National Wild Turkey Federation. For his service to the conservation organization’s mission, he received a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award.
“I really appreciate the award,” Kief said. “I didn’t do any of this stuff to get awards. I did it for the kids. I just enjoy going to JAKES events and helping the kids out.”
Kief received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
Kief, president of the Eastern Panhandle NWTF chapter, began volunteering for the NWTF in 1978. He attends and participates in JAKES events across the state, continuously works with and supports West Virginia’s first collegiate chapter — the Tink Smith Collegiate Chapter at Potomac State — and has been instrumental in the coordination of hunter access work on the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area.
However, his biggest contribution to the NWTF may be his annual donation of six custom turkey calls to each hunting heritage banquet across the state. Chapters use the calls as giveaways for attending youth. Since 2006, Kief has made and given away more than 2,400 calls.
“Sonny has donated much of his time and thousands of calls over the past 40 years, all to ensure the future of wild turkeys and our hunting heritage,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “His dedication to saving the habitat and the hunt is more than deserving of this 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 – 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.