2018 Individual Award Winners

The NWTF's annual Convention and Sport Show gives the organization the opportunity to thank the people who make the organization great. Volunteers from across the country work tirelessly to implement programs, raise money and generate energy to support the NWTF's mission of wild turkey conservation and hunting heritage preservation. The following outstanding individuals are the epitome of volunteerism and are role models from which all NWTF members can learn. 

C.B. McLeod Award

John Larsen

Communicator of the Year

Will Primos

Dick Kirby Award

Preston Pittman

Educator of the Year

Buster Padgett

Henry S. Mosby Award

Dennis Southerland

Hunting Heritage Programs Mentor of the Year

Brian Malone

Government Partner Award

Bruce Westerman

JAKES/Xtreme JAKES Volunteer of the Year Award

Earl “Butch” Kortright

Joe Kurz Wildlife Manager of the Year Award

Jack Waymire

Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award

Jay McAninch

National Making Tracks with the Bureau of Land Management Awards

Sam Dearstyne and Rance Neighbors 

National Making Tracks with the Forest Service Awards  

Daniel Boone National Forest - Partnership Achievement
Joe Metzmeier - Partnership Achievement
Big Piney Ranger District of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest - Habitat Management Program
Sioux Ranger District in the Custer Gallatin National Forest - Partnership Achievement

National Making Tracks with the Natural Resources Conservation Service

Texas and Oklahoma NRCS State Offices - Partnership Achievement Award
Paula Hingson – Partnership Achievement Award

Roger Latham Awards

George Davis, FL
Brett Ladeau, VT
Gary Reeder, IA
Greg Shaffer, IL
Dennis Waters, SC

Wayne Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award

Steven Jackson

Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF Volunteer of the Year

Bill Wilbur

Wild Turkey Bourbon Rare Breed Society Award

Steve McNeil

Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 

Spencer Grace

Women in the Outdoors Annie Oakley Award

Peggy Griffin