NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Partnership awards were presented to local NWTF chapters that collaborated with individuals, companies, agencies or nongovernmental organizations to host hunting heritage events, including JAKES, Wheelin’ Sportsmen or Women in the Outdoors events.
Representatives from NWTF chapters in Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina and Maryland each received the NWTF Partnership Award for hosting successful collaborative events during the 44th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.
This year’s winners received the Partnership Award for the following:
Texas chapters (Kaufman County Double Beards, Cross Timbers Chapter and the Cottonwood Creek Chapter) – The chapters received a Partnership Award for their Lake Lewisville Wheelin’ Youth Hunt. The NWTF, the Army Corp of Engineers and Texas Parks and Wildlife collaborated to provide disabled youth hunters with a facilitated deer hunt. The event was a large success, and the NWTF, ACE and TPW already have their next event scheduled.
Arkansas State Chapter – The chapter received a Partnership Award for its Choctaw Island Disabled Veterans Hunt, which included partners from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Freedom Defenders Outdoors and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.
North Carolina State Chapter – In recognition of a its Pirate Classic Youth Turkey Hunt, which included partners from North Carolina Wildlife Resources that donated officers to assist with the event, Sam Jones BBQ that provided lunch for all attendees, local land owners that provided land to hunt and industry partners that donated products and prizes for the event.
Maryland State Chapter – In recognition of its First Shot Mentored Deer Hunt, the Maryland State Chapter received an award for its partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Young Life/Tudor Farms and the Union Sportsman’s Alliance.
“Successful partnerships are one of the primary reasons why the NWTF is the leader in wildlife and habitat conservation,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “At the national, state and local levels, successful partnerships are crucial in our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt Goals. Thanks to our Texas, Arkansas, Maryland and North Carolina chapters for collaborating and increasing NWTF’s partnerships in communities throughout your states.”
About the National Wild Turkey FederationWhen 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. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve 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.