Former NWTF CEO Keck Receives DSC’s Capstick Award

EDGEFIELD, S.C.—The National Wild Turkey Federation congratulates its former CEO Rob Keck on being the recipient of Dallas Safari Club’s Peter H. Capstick Hunting Heritage Award.  

The award is named after the well-known American author, Peter Hathaway Capstick, and was first announced in Dallas, Texas, at Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention in 2004. The award is presented each year by Capstick’s widow, DSC Life Member Fiona Claire Capstick. Keck accepted the award during Dallas Safari Club’s virtual convention.

The Dallas Safari Club gives the award to honor and recognize an individual, organization or group whose achievements reveal a sustained and significant contribution to the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. Recipients have demonstrated long-term commitment to our hunting heritage by pursuing that goal for the benefit of future generations.

Keck began his illustrious career with the NWTF in 1977 as the organization’s director of chapter development. In 1981, he succeeded Tom Rodgers as executive vice president of the NWTF.

Keck’s more than three decades with the NWTF is often characterized as a period of consolidation of purpose, innovative expansion and a clear shift in character from a “founder’s” organization to a “member’s” organization.

Keck was formative in driving the mission to restore wild turkeys across North America andwas essential in shaping the NWTF into an organization focused significantly on preserving America’s hunting heritage.

In addition, Keck has been a huge influence and advocate on conservation and natural resource policy. He was appointed and served on the Sporting Conservation Council under former President George W. Bush, advising both the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture on conservation matters. 

“Rob has undoubtedly shaped the NWTF into the incredible organization,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We congratulate him on his Peter H. Capstick Hunting Heritage Award and thank him for being a driving force to preserve our hunting heritage.”

To view Dallas Safari Club’s engaging video chronicling Keck’s many achievements throughout his career as a conservation pioneer, visit:

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