EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation has a vested interest in increased participation in hunting and shooting sports because a majority of conservation funding in this country is provided through purchases of hunting licenses and excise tax on firearms, ammunition and shooting sports equipment. To help bolster this participation, the NWTF hired Steve Sharp as the new recruitment, retention and reactivation coordinator in Michigan.
Sharp's role as the R3 coordinator is to develop and implement a plan that engages state agencies and other stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of outdoor education and mentored hunt opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities.
The NWTF recently partnered with the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports, Wildlife Management Institute and numerous other organizations, to put together a national plan to recruit, retain, and reactivate hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts.
The creation of Sharp's position was provided through a partnership between the NWTF, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Glassen Foundation and Pheasants Forever.
"This position is confirmation that reversing the ongoing hunter decline is not just a passing topic of discussion, but a serious challenge that the NWTF and our partners have committed to tackling. With his passion for hunting and the shooting sports, Steve is a perfect fit in the first step to reversing the decline." said Jason Lupardus, NWTF conservation field supervisor for Michigan.
Sharp has served as an NWTF regional director for 21 years, conducting over 600 fundraising banquets in support of the NWTF mission. He also brings more than 40 years of experience in the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade industry. He has hunted wild turkeys in 21 states and Mexico, achieving an NWTF Royal Slam along the way. Sharp loves hunting, fishing, outdoor photography, clay target shooting and camping, but his true passion is passing the hunting tradition on to others in order to Save the Hunt.
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, recruit 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.
Image caption: Sharp with a public land bird taken in Michigan. (click image to enlarge)
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.