Tennessee Hunter Named Top Communicator by Peers

Friday, February 20, 2015
Brenda Valentine, The First Lady of Hunting, earned the National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) Communicator of the Year Award. Photo submitted

EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- For conveying the social and conservation importance of hunting to a broad audience Brenda Valentine, The First Lady of Hunting, earned the National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) Communicator of the Year Award.

Valentine continually encourages women to try hunting and shooting sports, writes the Hen Tracks column in the NWTF's Turkey Country magazine and is an NWTF spokesperson. She accepted the award at the 39th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. RAM was the official convention sponsor.

"I am humbled as there are numerous men and women who also are deserving of this award," said Valentine. "The NWTF embraces all men, women and children who wish to help secure places for future generations to enjoy a hunting way of life."

The NWTF determined this year's award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat/ Save the Hunt Initiative. Valentine is a committed conservationist, author, award winning TV host and champion archer. She also is an inductee into the National Legends of the Outdoors, Tennessee Turkey Hunters and Paris/Henry County Sports halls of fame.

"For Brenda, the journey to expose new audiences to the outdoors is unending," said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. "She tirelessly continues her efforts, ensuring she reaches any and all audiences with the important message of conserving wildlife and habitat, and preserving our hunting heritage."

Valentine also is co-host of Bass Pro Shops "Real Hunting" TV show and has visited troops in Afghanistan, south west Asia and Germany through the Outdoor Legends Tour II.

Past NWTF Communicator of the Year Award recipients include: Steve Rinella, Tom Fegely, Ron Schara, J. Wayne Fears, Grits Gresham, Jim Zumbo, Jim Casada, Glenn Sapir, Col. Tom Kelly, Ronnie `Cuz' Strickland, Kevin Howard and Ray Eye.

About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

The eastern turkey inhabits the eastern half of the U.S., and can be found in hardwood and mixed forests from New England and southern Canada to northern Florida. Photo courtesy of Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency

The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

To learn more about the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative, visit www.nwtf.org.

The 2015 Spring Turkey Hunting season in Tennessee is April 4-May17 with all Tennessee counties open to wild turkey hunting including Wildlife Management Areas and refuges unless specifically listed.

Hunters may engage in turkey hunting 30 minutes before legal sunrise to sunset.

The bag limit is one bearded turkey per day, not to exceed four per season.