NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Robert Linder of Marble Falls, Texas, has been an ambassador for the National Wild Turkey Federation for more than 25 years. His dedication to conservation and preserving our hunting heritage earned him a national award.
“I am humbled by this award and still in disbelief. I volunteer for the NWTF because I believe in the mission – creating and restoring habitat for the wild turkey and recruiting more hunters,” Linder said. “I also believe that through teaching young people how to turkey call, we are making better turkey hunters and also making the world a better place.”
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. Linder was instrumental in the creation and success of the Houston NWTF chapter, where he served for 17 years as president.
Linder’s work with the NWTF led to a passion for the sport of turkey calling. He organized the first Texas State Turkey Calling Championship and also has worked for the past six years as a judge and emcee for the NWTF Grand National Calling Championships.
“Robert 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.”
Currently, Linder is serving as the political liaison for the Texas state chapter’s board of directors. He also is the chairman of the Texas Outdoor Partners, a coalition of fish and wildlife organizations dedicated to conserve and enhance habitat and preserve our outdoor way a life.
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.