Looking for some good news to kickoff your fall hunting season? Read this article from the September/October 2020 issue of Turkey Country magazine, and learn about someone who's dedicated his life to pursuing the King of Gamebirds and mentoring hunters of all ages.
Let's not sugarcoat it. The story of North American hunter numbers is basically a downer.
However, there's a bright spot in this otherwise-bleak tale, and that is the rise of women hunters. Historically, women made up 5 to 10 percent of all hunters in the US. That number is steadily increasing, and some estimates now place it between 12 and 15 percent. This article from Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine (https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/wnrmag/2020/Fall/WomenHunters) presents stories of various Badger women hunters--many of whom learned through partner programs such as NWTF's Women in the Outdoors and WDNR's Learn to Hunt and Hunt for Food.
Want to get involved? Contact NWTF R3 Coordinator John Motoviloff. While Learn to Hunts are postponed through the end of 2020 because of COVID-19, we are building a database of volunteer mentors and instructors. Now is a great time to learn about and get involved with these programs!
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Dear Fellow Volunteers,
The CDC, state, county, and local restrictions for social gatherings have been changing greatly over these past few weeks and days. As restrictions relax, we are prepared to move to a Phase 2 opening of our fundraising efforts to include all banquets/events of less than 250 total persons starting immediately. We will continue to monitor and adhere to all national, state and local guidelines as we begin this Phase 2 opening. Should restrictions change due to an outbreak of the COVID- 19 virus in a particular state or county, you should be prepared to modify or potentially postpone an event to meet those updated guidelines. Our goal is reopen and hold safe events for our staff, our volunteers and attendees. This is truly great news and what all of you have been waiting to hear. With this news comes a set of checks and balances as you begin the planning of these events.
Here are the NWTF’s Phase 2 guidelines for events to occur:
The National Wild Turkey Federation is proud to announce Thomas Lenz of La Crosse, Wisconsin as the national recipient of the 2020 Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship.
While on a video conference with NWTF staff and volunteers, Lenz and his family thought he was being interviewed about winning the NWTF Wisconsin State Chapter scholarship, until Mossy Oak’s Cuz Strickland appeared on the video conference, surprising Lenz as the recipient of the 2020 Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship, too.
“I don’t mean to interrupt the meeting,” said Strickland. “I wanted to tell Thomas congratulations and that he also won the national scholarship.”
“When Cuz hopped onto the call and told me the news, I have to admit I was pretty well dumbstruck,” said Lenz. “I had no idea what was coming, and it's even now still sinking in.”
Lenz continued “Conservation has meant so much to me, and to have NWTF and Mossy Oak supporting my education is truly wonderful. My dream is to go to school to become an engineer and do work that makes the world a better place, and the NWTF is helping me accomplish that dream through this scholarship.
The $10,000 scholarship, sponsored by Mossy Oak, will help Thomas further his education as he plans to attend the University of Minnesota as an Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering double major.
Lenz is on track to graduate at the very top of his Logan High School class with a perfect 4.0 GPA and straight A’s all throughout his high school career. Additionally, Lenz participates in numerous leadership roles, organizations and extracurricular clubs including:
• National Honor Society
• Tri-M Music Honor Society
• Inven-Team (an engineering design club)
• Engineering Explorers
• Quiz Bowl
• Academic Decathlon
• Scouts BSA
Lenz received scholarships through the Tri-State Gobblers Chapter and the Wisconsin State NWTF Chapter, which made him eligible for the NWTF Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship.
The NWTF is proud to have supported over 5.5 million in academic scholarships to students across North America who demonstrate a commitment to conservation, academic excellence and who possess the leadership skills to make a difference. In 2019, the NWTF awarded 382 scholarships for a total of $194,052.
“The NWTF is proud to support students like Thomas,” said NWTF CEO Becky Humphries. “It is the young and determined conservationists that will carry the NWTF mission forward for generations to come.”
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 NWTF.org
If anyone is looking for some conservation seed, Jim Werch (Ripon area) has some available. His contact information is listed below:
Jim Werch: 920-229-1562 or email: email@example.com
He has 35 bags rr corn, 35 bags rr beans and 20 bags of sorghum.
If interested contact Jim for details.
Thanks again for all everyone does. Be safe!
Charles J. Burke
Senior Regional Director WI.
Subject: National Leadership Conference 2020
Good morning, all. I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.
By clicking the link below, you should be able to access all of the information presented during the NLC in February. This is a rather large file so it may take a little longer to download.
We are also working to determine if we can functionally provide video as well.
If you have any questions or issues opening the files, please do not hesitate to email or call me.
Executive Administrative Assistant to
Matt Fenoff, Chief Fundraising Officer
National Wild Turkey Federation
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Hello from your NWTF’s 2020 Wisconsin Women in the Outdoors committee. With the Nation in turmoil during this pandemic we’ve been trying to weigh all our options for our August 14 -16, 2020 annual event scheduled to be held in Rhinelander. Collectively, we’re trying to predict what August will bring, how to abide the ever-changing state regulations with large groups while keeping everyone safe and have a meaningful event. At this time, it is with great sadness to inform you that we have decided to cancel our 2020 annual event. Our hope is that by August 2021 there will be a new normal with specific guidelines in place so we can once again bring the participants back together for a fun-filled weekend. With that being said, we are hoping to put the instructors and classes that you each were going to be teaching on pause with the hope of having you join us back in August 2021. Many thanks to you. Be safe and we hope to see you in 2021.
Wisconsin Women in the Outdoors (WITO)
These have been moved to the Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Tab on this site. Enjoy!
R3 Coordinator for Wisconsin
National Wild Turkey Federation
NEW ARTICLE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORING
Richland County Longspur NWTF member and retired educator, John Cler, uses his training as a teacher to explain clearly just how important mentoring is to the future of hunting. Cler has helped both youth and adults on get started on their journey into the outdoors. Have a look at this article: http://www.onwisconsinoutdoors.com/Content/files/ArchivedIssues/2020-0301-OnWisconsinOutdoors.pdf
Dear members and supporters of the NWTF,
The National Wild Turkey Federation remains the leader in upland habitat conservation and a champion of hunting heritage protection and promotion. Last year in your state, the NWTF was able to match dollars 7.6 to 1 to deliver over $550,000 to our mission and positively impact over 24,000 acres.
These incredible accomplishments were made possible by the dedicated support of NWTF volunteers and members through our local NWTF chapter fundraising efforts. The NWTF depends on dollars raised at our local NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquets to provide the conservation match money for our mission.
The recent COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected many people throughout the world. For the NWTF, the pandemic has struck in the middle of our critical fundraising season. The shutdown during the pandemic has put the NWTF in a very challenging position.
The NWTF has always existed because of the necessary contributions from our volunteers, members and partners. With our traditional fundraisers being put on hold for and unknown time period, we need your help now more than ever. Please help by participating in our new online fundraiser “Spring Thunder Gun Blast”. The “Spring Thunder Gun Blast” is a fun way for everyone to continue to support our all-important mission. Check it out at https://events.nwtf.org/491101-2020/tickets?type=ticket.
Thank you for joining us online and we look so forward to getting back together again at your local NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet!
Take care, be well, and remember the great outdoors are still open! Have a safe and enjoyable spring turkey hunting season!
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“But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had eyes to see.” – Edward Abbey