EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation is partnering with conservation leaders, including the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Congressional Sportsman Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited, to spearhead #ResponsibleRecreation, a media campaign encouraging Americans to enjoy outdoor recreation while adhering to proper COVID-19 safety protocol.
Whether participating in hunting, fishing, shooting sports or numerous other outdoor activities, the conservation community sees the #ResponsibleRecreation campaign as a safe and constructive way to encourage individuals and families to get outside and enjoy the outdoors as a means to cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to advocating safe outdoor etiquette, the campaign also encourages Americans to take advantages of the numerous opportunities this country offers to recreate on public lands, waters and parks.
Guidelines the campaign seeks to establish while practicing #ResponsibleRecreation are in line with the Center for Disease Prevention and Control and include maintaining proper social distancing and adhering to best practices to avoid COVID-19.
“There is no better way to cope with our country’s current situation than to head outdoors to engage in hunting, fishing, biking, etc., as long as we are practicing #ResponsibleRecreation,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “This collaborative effort by the outdoor community is a reminder that while this country has numerous opportunities for recreation on its lands and waters, we need to do so in a manner that is respectful to the land and the rest of the public who also wish to enjoy these precious resources.”
While many of the organizations involved in spearheading #ResponsibleRecreation have their own interests i.e., hunting, fishing or shooting sports, it is important to note that #ResponsibleRecreation seeks to engage all interests enjoying the outdoors safely and responsibly.
Additionally, the #ResponsibleRecreation campaign is encouraging all who are getting outdoors to share their outdoor pursuits by hashtagging their #ResponsibleRecreation on the social channel of their choice.
To learn more about the campaign or take the #ResponsibleRecreation pledge, visit www.responsible-recreation.org.
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 NWTF.org.