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2012 Idaho NWTF News



NWTF BRINGS THANKSGIVING TO IDAHO FAMILIES IN NEED

Boise — November 16, 2012

Chapters throughout the state again participated in NWTF's Turkey Hunters Care program this year. Each Chapter receives $500 from our State Super Fund to purchase turkeys for local distribution.

The Gem State Chapter in Boise turned that money into 48 turkeys to be distributed to low income families through local schools. Pictured above is Barney Skogerson with some grateful recipients at Taft Elementary in Boise. Assisting Barney with this delivery was Pat Thomas. More teams of Chapter volunteers visited other area schools to ensure many Treasure Valley familes had a great Thanksgiving!


IDAHO NWTF PRESIDENT ED BULLOCK PASSES

VP DON JENKINS TO SERVE AS INTERIM PRESIDENT

Orofino — September 17, 2012

Hello all,

It is with regret and sadness that I must inform you that Ed Bullock has lost his fight with cancer and passed away this past weekend.

Ed was not only our NWTF State President, but as you all know, a huge champion for habitat improvement in the state of Idaho. Ed’s memory will not only live on through his family, but also through the many thousand trees he has helped plant in south eastern Idaho. The NWTF family has lost a great volunteer!

Vice President Don Jenkins will serve as Interim President until State Chapter elections take place at the State Leadership Conference in Boise on January 19th.

Respectfully,
Barnabas Koka
NWTF Regional Director


Please click here to view Ed's full obituary.

  Ed Bullock obituary


GEM STATE "FUN SHOOT" A GREAT EVENT!

Kerry O'Neal

Boise — June 23, 2012

Promoted as the J.A.K.E.S. and Friends of NWTF Fun Shoot, the Gem State Chapter's summer event was a lot of fun for around 50 folks! Held at the Pleasant Valley Skeet Club south of town, the shoot featured a safety clinic and personal wingshooting instruction by Kerry O'Neal of TRS Range Services in Eagle. Participants also got to try their hand at skeet shooting with targets and shells donated by Sportsman's Warehouse. Nelson Henry ran a special BB gun "turkey shoot" for the smaller kids and everyone was treated to grilled moose burgers and brats courtesy of Tom Eubanks.

 

2011 Idaho NWTF News



IDAHO NWTF IS A PATRIOTIC ORGANIZATION!

Payette — June 11, 2011

This photo/illustration shows General Gayhart promoting Brandon Bell, son of Idaho NWTF Board Members Mark Bell and Janet Doramus-Bell, to Specialist at the NWTF/SCI Kid's Day. Brandon's unit, the 116th Cavalry Brigade, is currently deployed in Iraq.


A LETTER FROM KOREY OWENS

(Editor's note: Korey Owens was Idaho NWTF's Conservation Officer of the Year and represented Idaho at the 2011 NWTF National Convention in Nashville.)

Preston — May 10, 2011

Dear Idaho NWTF,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to represent Idaho at the NWTF National Convention. My wife, Stephanie, and I had an amazing time and met a lot of wonderful sportmen and enforcement officers from all over the country.  Paul Waldon (below) kept us headed in the right direction and was a great host.  We had a wonderful time at dinner and enjoyed the nightly entertainment.  Both of us were impressed with the number of conservation programs, youth programs, etc. that NWTF supports both financially and with service hours. 

More than anything though I would like to thank the NWTF for recruiting yet another sportsperson.  After seeing all of the presentations, booths, hanging out with A LOT of people including women and children in camouflage, and seeing their excitement about hunting turkeys, my wife is now begging me to take her turkey hunting.  I never thought I would see the day that my wife would want to hunt, let alone buy camouflage!

If anyone has the opportunity to attend this convention, I would highly recommend it.  There was so much entertainment for the whole family.   It was great to see so many of our youth there.

Thanks again for the opportunity to represent Idaho.

Sincerely,
Korey Owens


JAIME ELLSWORTH WINS BIG...TWICE!

Boise — April 23, 2011

On the phone from Twin Falls, Mike Stoddard, Idaho State Chapter President, selected a column and Treasurer Charley Henry in Eagle selected a row. In Boise, Board Member Marty Gregory matched these numbers to a randomly-sorted Excel file containing only the e-mail addresses submitted for the shotgun drawing. The address belonged to Jaime Parkinson.

Entries were received primarily through submissions on IdahoNWTF.org, though some written entries were mailed and some were deposited in boxes at NWTF banquets. Jaime's entry turned out to be one from the Gem State Chapter's banquet.

Tracking down our winner proved a bit challenging as her name had changed! Jaime was at the banquet with fiance, Joel Ellsworth, and, with the wedding taking place between the banquet and the drawing date, had become Mrs. Ellsworth. With a new husband AND a new shotgun, April turned out to be a win-win month for Jaime!

Presentation of Idaho NWTF's 870 turkey gun took place at Sportsman's Warehouse in Boise. (left to right) Joel and Jaime Ellsworth, Mary and Charley Henry, Idaho State Chapter NWTF Secretary and Treasurer.


SE IDAHO CHAPTER HOSTS 2011 HUNT WITH THE DIRECTOR

Pocatello — April 8, 2011

The weather was tough but that didn't keep Jayden Peterson from enjoying a great opening day of the Idaho Youth turkey season. Jayden was the lucky winner of Idaho NWTF's annual Hunt With The Director, hosted this year by the Southeast Idaho Chapter based in Pocatello.

Jayden was accompanied by Region 5 Supervisor, Mark Gamblin, who was filling in for Director Virgil Moore, and presented Jayden with a special NWTF knife (right). Jayden's dad, Kim Peterson, was also in attendance as was SE Idaho Chapter's Dave Cole who ran the calls. Hunt planning and logistics were handled by Chapter President Ed Bullock, and members Cole and Boyd Burbank did the scouting and set up blinds in advance of the hunt. What a great memory for Jayden!

2011 Hunt With the Director had the correct result! (left to right) Mark Gamblin, Jayden Peterson, Kim Peterson and Dave Cole. photos by Ed Bullock


IDF&G Promotes WILD ABOUT TURKEYS in Idaho Classrooms

Boise — March 29, 2011

Idaho NWTF funds provide WILD ABOUT TURKEYS education boxes to Idaho teachers and classrooms throughout the state to help students learn all about wild turkeys in a fun, yet scientific manner. The Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game conducts workshops for teachers to show them how to use this valuable resource in their classrooms. Click image at left to go to IDF&G's PROJECT WILD page and be sure to watch the Wild About Turkeys video (Upcoming Workshops # 4) to see this great program in action!


2011 IDAHO STATE STILL TARGET CHAMPIONSHIPS

Emmett — March 12, 2011


Debi Lombard presents custom box to Wheelin' Sportsman winner Col. Glen Goff. Chaplain Ross Higgins (right) was runner-up.

(above) J.A.K.E.S. winner Joe Peterson is flanked by Idaho Still Target Coordinator Larry Lombard (top) touching one off in the Blackpowder Class and Idaho Wheelin' Sportsmen Coordinator Pat Thomas (bottom). Safety was overseen by Range Officer Larry Liggett.

RESULTS
Mens 12 Gauge Open — Bob Hensel
Mens 20 Gauge Open — Patrick Kinsey
Ladies 12 Gauge Open — Debi Lombard
Ladies 20 Gauge Open — Debi Lombard
Wheelin' Sportsmen — Glen Goff
J.A.K.E.S. — Joe Peterson
Blackpowder — Larry Lombard


2011 IDAHO NWTF SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED

Boise — February 24, 2011

The scholarship judging committee has completed their evaluation and scoring of the scholarships.  We had 17 scholarship applications statewide.  We will be issuing 15 local chapter scholarships (even though we only have 13 local chapters) because we had tie situations with the scoring and felt it fair to issue scholarships to each one of those applicants.  Providing scholarships to Idaho youth is such a worthwhile way to utilize Idaho's super fund dollars.  And, while we want to everything we can, there is only so much allocated. Accordingly, lwo applicants will not receive scholarships.

We want to thank the judging committee for volunteering their time to score the applications.  It is not an easy task when we have so many excellent candidates from the different Idaho communities.



Chris and Nic Debolt, 2009 State & Local Scholarship winners, present check to Haley Glenn at 2011 Gem State Chapter banquet while parents Kevin and Monette, and MC Paul Waldon look on.

Following is the list of winners:

$1000 STATE CHAPTER WINNER - Haley Glenn, Caldwell, Greenleaf Friends Academy HS

$500 LOCAL CHAPTER WINNERS
Haley Glenn, Caldwell, Greenleaf Friends Academy HS - Gem State
Kendrick Jared, Pierce, Timberline HS - Clearwater Gobblers  
Mikel Harrington, Stites, Clearwater Valley HS - Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers
Kirsti Christensen, Bancroft, North Gem HS - Southeast Idaho
Hayden Boll, Indian Valley, Cambridge HS - Weiser River
Ashley Siddoway, Teton, South Fremont HS - Upper Snake River
Dalton Smith, Eagle, Eagle HS - Eagle Limbhangers
Megan Gering, Orofino, Orofino HS - Assigned to Hells Canyon
Aubrey Kofford, Pingree, Snake River HS - Assigned to Southfork Gobblers
Morgan Newcome, Weippe, Timberline HS - Assigned to Brundage Longbeards
Colten Jared, Weippe, Timberline HS - Assigned to Magic Valley Gobblers
Kirsten Cook, Pierce, Timberline HS - (Tie) Assigned to South Hills Strutters
Megan DeFord, Grangeville, Grangeville HS - (Tie) Camas Prairie Turkey Trackers #2
Heath Curtis, Nampa, Kuna HS - (Tie) Snake River
Christopher Nutt, Boise, Timberline HS - (Tie) Gem State #2


EAGLE LIMBHANGERS MEMBER WINS IT ALL AT
NWTF NATIONAL CONVENTION
!

Nashville, TN — February 18, 2011

Todd Hanson of Meridian has won Best of Show and Decorative Duck & Goose Callmaker of the Year at the NWTF National Convention in Nashville. Todd's beautifully inlaid call sold at the prestigious Grand National Live Auction on Saturday for $1600.

Todd has entered before and, while his calls are usually "on the podium," this is his first Best of Show win. Congratulations, Todd!


2011 IDAHO STATE CHAPTER NWTF OFFICERS ELECTED

Jerome — Jan. 22, 2011

The Idaho State Chapter NWTF held its annual State Leadership Conference Jan. 22 in Jerome. Newly-elected 2011 Officers are: (left to right) Vice President Ed Bullock, Treasurer Charley Henry, Secretary Mary Henry and (far right) President Mike Stoddard. NWTF Regional Director Barnabas Koka is second from right.

Full minutes of the Conference and the 2011 Budget are available by clicking the links below:

           

 

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