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 NRAHLF.org 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.
“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!”