NASHVILLE, Tenn. — David Worwood, of Nephi, Utah, received a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation for his unwavering volunteer efforts and his dedication to the conservation of the wild turkey.
“I am very humbled and honored to be chosen … There [is] a lot more to the NWTF than moving turkeys,” Worwood said. “There are thousands of dedicated, hardworking people giving their time, money and knowledge for this organization every day to make this a better world. I would say [I credit] a passion for the wild turkey, support from my family and the hard work from all the people sitting at the Utah tables plus many more … I am one lucky guy.”
Worwood 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.
A volunteer for well more than 25 years, Worwood first hunted turkeys in the mid-1970s. Though he didn’t find success until more than a decade later, he was hooked and knew he wanted to help with the restoration of the wild turkey in his state. Worwood was instrumental in the first release of wild turkeys in Juab County, and he later worked to move turkeys all across the state of Utah. Through his work on the board of the Utah NWTF State Chapter, Worwood worked with the state wildlife agency to shape policies, ensuring the birds would flourish for years to come.
In addition to his influence on trap and transfer efforts, Worwood worked on habitat improvements, including tree and brush plantings, removal of invasive species through bush hogging, aspen regeneration projects and much more.
“From his work in wild turkey trap and transfer efforts to his leadership in conservation projects, David is the embodiment of the NWTF mission,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Without individuals like David, the NWTF would not be able to carry out its conservation mission.”
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