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NWTF Shows Support with $100,000 Donation

09/20/2006

ASPEN, Colo. - Removing youth hunting barriers and defending the rights of hunters are two reasons the National Wild Turkey Federation partners with organizations such as the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance.

During the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies conference, held in Aspen, Colo., the NWTF presented USSA with a check for $100,000, bringing the NWTF's total contribution to nearly $1 million since 1987.

USSA supports hunting, fishing and trapping throughout North America and defends those rights through lobbying, research and public education.

Through an initiative called Families Afield, the NWTF and USSA, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, have joined forces to improve hunter recruitment. The NWTF has led the charge in promoting youth hunting opportunities and has teamed up with USSA and NSSF to remove youth hunting barriers across the nation.

"Removing youth hunting barriers is one way to help ensure the future of our hunting heritage for generations to come," said Rob Keck, CEO of the NWTF. "By fighting for sportsmen's rights, organizations such as the USSA are making a significant difference and we're proud to support them."

The NWTF and USSA have also partnered on other important issues, such as the Michigan Dove Bill. In 2004, a bill was passed to establish the state's first dove season. Unfortunately, petitions from anti-hunters stopped dove hunting after only one season. On Nov. 7 voters can decide to continue Michigan's dove season. The NWTF and USSA have teamed up with other Michigan sporting organizations to make sure that happens.

"With anti-hunting groups joining forces and pushing their agenda through the legal process, like they did in Michigan, partnerships with organizations such as NWTF are pivotal in keeping our hunting traditions alive," said Bud Pidgeon, President and CEO of USSA.

The donation was made possible through a combination of support from the NWTF, its 2,250 state and local chapters, partners and 545,000 members.

For more information about the NWTF, call (800) THE-NWTF.

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