NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bill Wilbur of Mexico, New York, is dedicated to recruiting the next generation of outdoorsmen and women. His contributions earned him a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Wilbur received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards at the 40th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. RAM is the official convention sponsor.
“I am honored to receive a Latham award,” Wilbur said. “I am a turkey hunting addict, and that is how I was introduced to the NWTF. The more involved I became with the organization, the more I learned about what they did and the more I wanted to help.”
Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards are given to NWTF members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers, but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Wilbur, a 20-year NWTF member, has worked tirelessly to introduce hunting, fishing and an outdoor way of life to new audiences.
Since planning and hosting New York’s first NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen event – a turkey hunt for those who have disabilities – he has expanded Wheelin’ Sportsmen opportunities to include multiple fishing, turkey hunting, snow goose hunting and deer hunting events. Wilbur also is very involved in working with disabled veterans through Operation Injured Soldier and the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Drum.
Wilbur takes time each fall to mentor first-time hunters during the Cortland Limbhangers’ NWTF Women in the Outdoors fall turkey hunt. He also was the Oswego River Chapter’s JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) coordinator for 17 years and the Wheelin’ Sportsmen coordinator for 12 years.
“Bill has made a tremendous impact in his community and state,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “He exemplifies the NWTF’s mission of conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage.”
Wilbur has been a committee member of the Oswego River Chapter since 1997, is president and founding member of the Salmon River Strutters and also serves on the banquet committee for the Cortland Limbhangers.
About the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
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.