Brenda Valentine Named Top NWTF Communicator
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For conveying the social and conservation importance of hunting to a broad audience Brenda Valentine, known around the nation as "The First Lady of Hunting," earned the National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) Communicator of the Year Award this past weekend in the Music City.
Valentine, who co-hosts the Bass Pro Shops 100% Real Hunting show on Outdoor Channel, continually encourages women to try hunting and shooting sports, writes the Hen Tracks column in the NWTF's Turkey Country magazine and is a NWTF spokesperson.
She accepted the award at the 39th annual NWTF Convention & Sport Show, sponsored by RAM Trucks.
"I am humbled as there are numerous men and women who also are deserving of this award," said Valentine, in a NWTF news release. "The NWTF embraces all men, women and children who wish to help secure places for future generations to enjoy a hunting way of life."
A veteran outdoor communicator who regularly uses her social media platforms to advance the conservation and pro hunting message she embodies, Valentine also commented on the award via her Facebook fan page.
"Totally overwhelmed and honored to receive the NWTF Communicator of The Year award. Thanks to everyone that supports me and the NWTF mission," wrote Valentine.
The NWTF determined this year's award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Valentine is a committed conservationist in that endeavor as well as a champion archer and an inductee into the National Legends of the Outdoors, Tennessee Turkey Hunters and Paris/Henry County Sports halls of fame.
"For Brenda, the journey to expose new audiences to the outdoors is unending," said George Thornton, NWTF CEO, in a news release. "She tirelessly continues her efforts, ensuring she reaches any and all audiences with the important message of conserving wildlife and habitat, and preserving our hunting heritage."
In addition to her writing and television work, Valentine is a staunch supporter of U.S. troops, having visited military members in Afghanistan, south west Asia and Germany through the Outdoor Legends Tour II
Past NWTF Communicator of the Year Award recipients include: Steve Rinella, Tom Fegely, Ron Schara, J. Wayne Fears, Grits Gresham, Jim Zumbo, Jim Casada, Glenn Sapir, Col. Tom Kelly, Ronnie `Cuz' Strickland, Kevin Howard and Ray Eye.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever.
Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.