NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Wild Turkey Federation presented Charles Spray, of Millsboro, Delaware, with a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award to honor his longstanding commitment to wildlife conservation.
“It’s very humbling to be awarded this,” Spray said. “I would credit my chapter members around the state. They’ve been very supportive and helpful over the years. I would also give some of the credit to my wife … She’s always been by my side, and whenever I needed something, she’s been right there to help me.”
Spray 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.
Spray, the sitting president of the Delaware NWTF State Chapter, has been active in the organization for nearly 27 years. In the early years of his volunteer work, he helped with the trap and transfer efforts in the state, and he worked with Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources to establish hunting regulations and seasons.
Just this past year, Spray worked with state representatives to help usher in legislation for an NWTF vanity plate. The program has already raised more than $4,000 for Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative work across the state.
“With the efforts of those like Charles, the NWTF will surely Save the habitat and the hunt,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “For his incredible contributions to the NWTF, we are proud to honor him with a Roger Latham Award.”
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