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King Receives National Award for R3 Efforts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Stellane King, of New River, Arizona, has been instrumental in bolstering the NWTF’s education and outreach events in her state. For her efforts, the NWTF presented King with the prestigious Annie Oakley Award.

February 16, 20242 min read

"I am extremely honored to receive this award,” King said. “This award would not be possible without the support of my peers. It serves as motivation for me to continue my outreach through NWTF and to further the success of the Arizona Women in the Outdoors program. I would like to thank my husband as well as Justin Watts, Roy Crain and the entire Northern Arizona Chapter for getting me started and for their continued support!" 

King received the Annie Oakley Award, the highest honor given to a Women in the Outdoors volunteer, during the NWTF’s 48th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by Mossy Oak.

Annie Oakley, known best for her shooting skills, also influenced generations of women to try something new. The same is true for King.

Over the years King has been active in helping mentor youth and women in wing-shooting sports, fishing and other hunting activities for many years. Her representation at several sportsman’s events and hunt camps are a testimony to her love of the outdoors and her passion for fostering an outdoor lifestyle in our youth and women who are new to hunting and outdoor recreation.

She currently has spearheaded reactivating a WITO chapter in Arizona, which is already planning multiple events, including a spring turkey education day and a women’s camp. And while she no longer lives in northern Arizona, she remains active in the Northern Arizona NWTF Chapter and assists other NWTF chapters throughout the state.

As WITO coordinator for Arizona, King has helped with every WITO event in central and northern Arizona. Moreover, she is quick to help with anything the NWTF does, from working at banquets to manning booths at various events. King is the primary driver in the NWTF’s strong WITO presence across Arizona.

“Stellane talks the talk and walks the walk,” NWTF co-CEO Kurt Dyroff said. “She is proud of her involvement with the NWTF and shares it infectiously with others. Her dedication to preserving our hunting heritage and her impact on the Women in the Outdoors program in Arizona have made her an extremely deserving recipient of the Annie Oakley Award.”

About the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Since 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested over half a billion dollars into wildlife conservation and has positively impacted over 23 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The NWTF has also invested over $9 million into wild turkey research to guide the management of the wild turkey population and to ensure sustainable populations into perpetuity. The organization continues to deliver its mission by working across boundaries on a landscape scale through its Four Shared Values: clean and abundant water, healthy forests and wildlife habitat, resilient communities, and robust recreational opportunities. With the help of its dedicated members, partners and staff, the NWTF continues its work to provide Healthy Habitats. and Healthy Harvests. for future generations.

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  • Convention and Sport Show
  • Healthy Habitats
  • Healthy Harvests
  • Hunting Heritage