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Nominations for NRA Hunters Leadership Award Due Jan. 31!

Nominations for NRA Hunters Leadership Award Due Jan. 31!

Now is your last chance to submit applications for the NRA Distinguished Hunters Leadership Award, due tomorrow, Jan. 31.

Each year, the NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum honors one individual—a distinguished leader who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the field of hunting and wildlife conservation. This annual award specifically recognizes someone who has made a substantial impact on fostering, promoting and/or defending the traditions of hunting and wildlife conservation. The award supports the NRA’s mission “to promote hunter safety, and to promote and defend hunting as a shooting sport and as a viable and necessary method of fostering the propagation, growth and conservation, and wise use of our renewable resources.”

Any NRA member in good standing may nominate an individual for the NRA Distinguished Hunters Leadership Award. To be considered, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

General Qualifications

  • Be an NRA member in good standing
  • Have a strong personal hunting background. Please note this award is not about hunting achievements in the field.
  • Demonstrate a record of hunting/wildlife conservation conduct above reproach.
  • Current NRA board members, committee members and staff members are not eligible for the award.

Leadership Qualifications

Nominee must have achieved a distinguished position of national or international hunting/wildlife conservation leadership in at least one or more of the following categories and demonstrate diversified leadership in several other categories:
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Hunter development
  • Legal/litigation/judiciary
  • NRA coordination
  • Philanthropy
  • Political advocacy
  • Research
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Youth development
    *Other major categories relative to hunting and wildlife conservation may be considered


The recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Hunters Leadership Award will be formally recognized during the Hunters’ Leadership Forum National Dinner at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Ga., April 28-30.

To download the nomination application, click here. For further questions, please contact Laura Evans at levans@nrahq.org or (703)-267-1126.

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