NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For outstanding achievement in coordinating and hosting outreach events for women, two National Wild Turkey Federation chapters received national awards.
Representatives from the Ohio NWTF State Chapter and the Wisconsin NWTF State Chapter accepted Women in the Outdoors awards during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
Ohio NWTF State Chapter — Received the Best Partnership Award for their 18th annual three-day women’s event. Women choose from classes on navigation instruction to turkey hunting tactics. The chapter partnered with various groups, including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Division of Forestry.
Wisconsin NWTF State Chapter — Received the Top Contributing Event Award. The chapter raised $21,118 net dollars for conservation.
“Our volunteers are making a difference in the lives of women across the country offering these events,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “By expanding their outreach efforts, we are ensuring countless women can learn new outdoor skills, as well as experience the thrill of hunting while making the connection on how it contributes to conservation and our hunting heritage.”
Even prior to creating the WITO program in 1998, the NWTF supported female-focused outdoor skills training programs through various organizations. The number of women owning firearms and participating in target shooting and hunting is now the fastest growing segment within the industry, further cementing WITO programming and the NWTF’s Hunting Heritage Programs.
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 an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and 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 Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698