NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Keith Carlson, a National Wild Turkey Federation volunteer from Anoka, Minnesota, has logged countless hours helping youth understand the importance of the outdoors and the role hunting plays in conservation. His dedication to preserving our hunting heritage has earned him a national award.
Carlson accepted the 2015 JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Volunteer of the Year Award during the 40th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. RAM is the official convention sponsor.
“It takes a lot of people to put these events together, and I am honored to receive the award,” Carlson said. “Getting youth involved in the outdoors and away from technology is important, and it is rewarding to see their smiles and excitement from trying new things.”
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Carlson has been very involved with JAKES and JAKES Take Aim programs, volunteering to coordinate all of the state’s youth turkey hunts. He also is the Minnesota Save the Hunt coordinator, a volunteer position, and works with the National Archery in the Schools Program.
“Our dedicated volunteers are what make the NWTF so special,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “We are truly thankful for the difference that Keith makes in his state and are proud to have him in the NWTF family.”
Carlson’s efforts to introduce hunting to new individuals, extends beyond youth programs. In 2015, 55 adults experienced their first turkey hunts because of Carlson’s work.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.