APPEARS IN News Contributor Wins First Place POWA Award Contributor Wins First Place POWA Award

A special congratulations to NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum contributor Tim Flanigan of Bedford, Pa., who received the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association’s (POWA) First Place Excellence in Craft award in the “Wildlife Conservation Partnership” category for his article, “The Role of the Hunter and the Gun in Wildlife Conservation.” Awards were presented to 16 individuals in 28 categories at POWA’s annual Spring Conference banquet in Harrisburg, Pa. With more than 350 members, POWA is the largest state-specific outdoor writer organization in the country.

With over 30 years of experience in photography, wildlife and conservation and the hunting and shooting sports, Flanigan is a full-time freelance contributing writer and photographer who is published in numerous outdoor publications including Field and Stream, North American Whitetail and Game and Fish Publications. He has won multiple awards for his contribution to informing the general public of hunters’ vital role in wildlife conservation, including the First Place Talbot Denmead Memorial Award for Best on Conservation and/or the Environment for his article “Who Really Cares About Conservation?

“All Americans enjoy wildlife in abundance thanks to the hunting community that funds wildlife management and sets aside and enhances habitat for all wildlife, not just game animals,” he said. “Wake up anti-hunters, America’s hunters are your best friend. Because of us, wildlife abounds and thrives in unprecedented numbers for the benefit of everyone from wide-eyed children to savvy bird watchers, photographers and tourists.”

As a career wildlife conservation officer and lifelong hunter, Flanigan brings attention to the fact that various agencies and species-specific organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS)—funded by hunters—make our abundance of wildlife resources possible. “In addition, it is the NRA that stands between the anti-gun/anti-hunting zealots and the American hunter to ensure a bright future for all wildlife by protecting the rights of the hunter and the gun,” he said. “Thank you for all you do for us!”

To read the full award-winning article, click here. To learn more about Tim Flanigan, visit his website at