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Henry Youth Wins JAKES Hunt of a Lifetime
Each year, the South Dakota State Chapter of the NWTF provides a lucky youth with a SD JAKES Hunt of a Lifetime. Local chapters submit the name of one youth for every 25 JAKES signed up. The State Chapter then draws a lucky winner from the pool of names submitted by each chapter. The winner this year was 13-year-old Karli Sharp from Henry, SD. Besides winning the hunt, Karli won a shotgun, camouflage clothes, decoys, and turkey calls. Dr. Don Massa, a SD State Board member and a member of the Fall River Chapter in Hot Springs, SD, puts the hunt together each year, and also acts as a guide for the hunt. Karli’s parents, Joe and Nicole Sharp, signed her up at the Glacial Lakes Region banquet held in Watertown, SD. Karli’s harvested turkey was a three year old with sharp 1" spurs and a 9.5" beard, which she shot at 16 yards with her new 20 gauge shotgun!
Schueler Earns Conservation Award
Dean Schueler, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has volunteered for the National Wild Turkey Federation for more than two decades, living the mission of the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. His efforts earned a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award from the NWTF.
“I am honored and humbled ... It truly is the highlight and culmination of 26 years of volunteering with the NWTF,” Schueler said. “Any success that I have had in my volunteer efforts would not have happened without the love and support that I have from my family, the incredible chapter volunteers that we have and a genuine love of the wild turkey. This is an honor I will treasure highly.”
Schueler received one of five Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
Sustainable populations of wild turkeys across the state have been the focus of Schueler since he first volunteered with the NWTF. In addition to habitat enhancements to create a wildlife haven on his own property, he worked to improve the state’s turkey numbers through the Target 2000 trap and transfer program. He has served on the South Dakota State Board since 1995.
Schueler has supported wild turkey research, participated in meetings with the state’s game commission and currently is one of three NWTF representatives in the Turkey Stakeholders Group. This workgroup had a hand in rewriting and implementing the state’s wild turkey management plan.
“Dean is truly dedicated to the wild turkey, the NWTF and the organization’s conservation mission,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We are proud to honor him with a Roger Latham award and are thankful to have him in the trenches working for the wild turkey and the NWTF.”
The NWTF presents Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards to members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers but have made significant contributions to wild turkey conservation.
Grill Wins State NWTF Scholarship
Chance Grill, a 2019 graduate of Hot Springs High School is this year’s recipient of the $1000 South Dakota NWTF State Scholarship. Chance, the son of Jeff and Diana Grill of Edgemont, was the winner of the Fall River Chapter’s John and Bonnie Rock Scholarship, also in the amount of $1000. Chance’s scholarship funds will go to his continuing education at South Dakota State University in Brookings next fall. Seen presenting the scholarship is SD NWTF Board VIce President Dr. Don Massa.