NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Louis Yount received a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation for his nearly 40 years of dedicated and instrumental service to the organization.
Yount accepted the Director Emeritus Award through a special video presentation during the 44th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
“Sorry I cannot be with you all tonight; my wife and I are going to be on our way to Italy,” said Yount in a video address to NWTF award ceremony attendees. “I am humbled and very pleased to understand the Board of Directors is honoring me with the Director Emeritus award, and that just means an awful lot to me.”
The Director Emeritus Award is bestowed upon individuals who served on the National Board of Directors with honor and great distinction. The award is not presented annually, but only when it is deemed appropriate.
Yount began his service with the NWTF in 1979, serving on the South Carolina Board of Directors. He was elected to the NWTF National Board of Directors in 1987 and has served as vice president, president and chairman. He has received the Roger Latham, C.B. McLeod and Five-Star Awards. Yount has been involved from the start with NWTF’s banquet program, co-chairing banquets and additional fundraising events. Yount’s local chapter, the Black Creek Chapter in Hartsville, South Carolina, has been credited with raising more than $1 million for the NWTF.
“Louis’ boundless contributions and guidance have helped make the NWTF what it is today,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “From helping start the banquet program to helping develop our Hunting Heritage Center, Louis has been a fundamental asset, and we are proud to honor his work with the new NWTF Director Emeritus 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. 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.