The Wisconsin State Chapter won the Best State Chapter Event Award for hosting an exceptional Women in the Outdoors event. This is the chapter's seventh national award in this category. The Chapter was given the award at the 36th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, which took place Feb. 9-12. MidwayUSA was the official convention sponsor.
"We're extremely proud of each volunteer involved with the Wisconsin State Chapter," said Teresa Carroll, Women in the Outdoors coordinator. "Their commitment to educating other women in their community about the value and joy of the outdoors is second to none." “The secret to our success is the classes are hands on led by wonderful volunteer instructors and organizing committee. The weekend creates memories and friendships that will last for a lifetime,” said Linda Hinz, event coordinator.
At Women in the Outdoors events, participants can try a variety of outdoor activities including shooting, archery, outdoor survival, self-defense, canoeing, hiking and more. Friendly instructors teach classes and seminars to participants of all skill levels. Since 1998, NWTF volunteers have worked through the Women in the Outdoors program to share the outdoor tradition by providing expert instruction and hands-on education through events designed for women. During its inaugural year, Women in the Outdoors hosted 18 events. Today, the program has held nearly 4,000 events across North America.
The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and upland habitat and preserving our hunting heritage.
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.
The NWTF works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs – Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.