NWTF receives partner award from IHEA-USA

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NWTF Regional Director Howard Dahlem accepts the Partner Award during the IHEA annual conference

5/22/2019

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — During the International Hunter Education Association’s annual conference in Orange Beach, Alabama, the National Wild Turkey Federation received the 2018 IHEA-USA NGO/Agency Partner Award for their overall efforts benefiting hunter education and continued R3 efforts. The award was based on the NWTF’s historical support and contributions over the last year.

“It is such an honor to receive the IHEA-USA’s first NGO/Agency partner award,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We know the gravity of the situation we face with declining hunter numbers and we are proud to partner with organizations such as IHEA-USA to take steps every day to strengthen those numbers.”

The NWTF is a long-standing partner of the IHEA-USA, attending and presenting during numerous conferences and field days across the country to provide mission-critical knowledge and skills to conference attendees.

The NWTF regularly assists states in recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters and recreational shooters through the conservation organization’s JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship), Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen programs, as well as mentored hunts and other adult-focused programs. 

The NWTF also has partnered with state fish and wildlife agencies for shared partner positions to provide R3 coordination within those respective states furthering everyone's mission. 

Additionally, the NWTF has been a significant sponsor of the IHEA-USA annual fundraising auction to raise additional funds to develop safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved hunters.

IHEA-USA’s awards and nominations committee recently added this category to support their vital NGO partnerships and the NWTF is the first recipient of the award. 

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. 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