NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dean Schueler, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has volunteered for the National Wild Turkey Federation for more than two decades, living the mission of the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. His efforts earned a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award from the NWTF.
“I am honored and humbled … It truly is the highlight and culmination of 26 years of volunteering with the NWTF,” Schueler said. “Any success that I have had in my volunteer efforts would not have happened without the love and support that I have from my family, the incredible chapter volunteers that we have and a genuine love of the wild turkey. This is an honor I will treasure highly.”
Schueler received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
Sustainable populations of wild turkeys across the state have been the focus of Schueler since he first volunteered with the NWTF. In addition to habitat enhancements to create a wildlife haven on his own property, he worked to improve the state’s turkey numbers through the Target 2000 trap and transfer program. He has served on the South Dakota State Board since 1995.
Schueler has supported wild turkey research, participated in meetings with the state’s game commission and currently is one of three NWTF representatives in the Turkey Stakeholders Group. This workgroup had a hand in rewriting and implementing the state’s wild turkey management plan.
“Dean is truly dedicated to the wild turkey, the NWTF and the organization’s conservation mission,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We are proud to honor him with a Roger Latham award and are thankful to have him in the trenches working for the wild turkey and the NWTF.”
The NWTF presents Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards to members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.
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. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and 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