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Hunting Industry’s Voice of Leadership Panel to Debut in September

Hunting Industry’s Voice of Leadership Panel to Debut in September

Dedicated to saving the future of hunters, hunting and wildlife conservation, the NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum (HLF) is pleased to announce it is partnering with The Hunting Wire to launch a “Voice of Leadership Panel” (VLP) in September. Facilitated by James “Jay” Pinsky, editor of The Hunting Wire, and Peter Churchbourne, a director with the NRA HLF, the VLP panel will be comprised of a six-member group of outdoor industry leaders dedicated to sharing their voices on key hunting and outdoor recreation issues to inform, inspire and educate the hunting community.

Appointed for a one-year term, VLP panelists will identify and address key hunting topics and provide leadership-based digital content that will be featured on The Hunting Wire and the NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum website, NRAHLF.org. The 2020-2021 Voice of Leadership Panel includes:

  • Jim Curcuruto, Director, Research and Market Development, National Shooting Sports Foundation;
  • Mandy Harling, National Director of Hunting Heritage Programs, National Wild Turkey Federation;
  • Jenifer Wisniewski, Chief, Outreach and Communication, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency;
  • Jess Johnson, Legislative Liaison and Advocacy Coordinator, Wyoming Wildlife Federation;
  • Joel Brice, Vice President, Waterfowl and Hunter Recruitment Programs, Delta Waterfowl; and
  • David Baxter, Educator, Texas Youth Foundation, Texas Youth Hunting Program.


As explained by Pinsky, “… we felt we had a responsibility to create a platform for hunting-community leadership in addition to serving as the preferred digital resource for credible and accurate news and information about hunting. Our Voice of Leadership Panel will enable us to directly contribute to hunting leadership’s empowerment and growth.”

Speaking on behalf of the NRA HLF, Churchbourne added, “I’m excited to see this diverse group of outdoor leaders join together to offer its views and expertise on various topics throughout the year. Panelists were selected because of their experience, knowledge and, most importantly, their passion for what they do. The Hunting Wire and the Hunters’ Leadership Forum websites are great platforms to communicate, educate and hopefully inspire like-minded industry professionals and hunters with new ideas and fresh perspectives.”

portrait of Peter Churchbourne


In step with why the NRA launched the NRA HLF in December 2015, such efforts to protect our outdoor traditions must include addressing the cultural, technological and demographic challenges they face in the 21st century. In reporting on the issues and telling the story of hunters and hunting, NRAHLF.org is quick to encourage all hunters to reach out to non-hunters and share why we hunt while promoting hunting’s big picture regarding the correlation between hunting, wildlife conservation and American freedom.

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