Niedermeyer Receives Award for Introducing Women to the Outdoors


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Charita Niedermeyer, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has helped countless women get their start in the outdoors through the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women in the Outdoors outreach program. For her efforts, the NWTF honored Niedermeyer with the Annie Oakley Award.

“I'm grateful, humbled and honored to even be nominated for this award, just for doing something I've loved doing,” Niedermeyer said. “I'd like to thank the Indiana NWTF State Chapter for the nomination and accept this award on behalf of my local Three Rivers Chapter, as well as all of the volunteers throughout the state of Indiana. Without my chapter committee, none of this would be possible. We all know that teamwork makes the dream work!”

Niedermeyer received the Annie Oakley Award, the highest honor given to a WITO volunteer, during the 44th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

Annie Oakley, known best for her shooting skills, also influenced generations of women to try something new. The same is true for Niedermeyer.

For the last 14 years, Niedermeyer has been the key central figure for her local chapter’s WITO events, dedicating hundreds of hours each year to the program.

“Thanks to individuals like Charita, women are one of the fastest growing groups of the outdoor and hunting community,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “The NWTF and all the women Charita has welcomed in to hunting are proud of her efforts to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”

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

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