U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue welcomed NWTF members, partners, friends and family during the NWTF’s Convention Welcome Dinner and again the next morning at the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. Breakfast.
We are fortunate to have a Secretary of Agriculture who aligns with the values of the NWTF. Perdue loves God, his country, his family, our land and our hunting heritage.
As he addressed the crowd of thousands of turkey hunting lovers and conservationists, Perdue charged everyone with a mission. “Make sure this great sport can continue on for our children and grandchildren.”
To do that, he encouraged the crowd to become a mentor for someone who has never hunted. Teach someone about gun safety, hunters’ rights and the field-to-fork movement. Show them the sunrise from a field while you wait for that first gobble to hammer through the morning dew. It’s not always about harvesting, he added. It’s about spending time in nature and bonding with one another.
Perdue is taking his own advice to heart: He plans to take two women he works with turkey hunting for the first time this year. He also regularly takes some of his 14 grandchildren hunting, showing them appreciation of our nation’s fish, wildlife and land. He urged us to keep the tradition of our nation’s hunting heritage alive, and there’s no better time than the present to make it happen.
“Be an advocate,” he said, for hunting, the outdoors and our way of life. We can’t wait to follow in his footsteps.