Game Commission and NWTF Partner on “Women in the Outdoors” Program
— Women are Pennsylvania’s fastest growing group of hunters and a
beneficial new partnership between the Pennsylvania Game Commission
and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will help provide
more outdoor opportunities to women in the Keystone
Thanks in large part
to funding provided by the Game Commission, the NWTF has hired Jeff
Souders, of Harrisburg, to serve as a full-time, Women in the
Outdoors coordinator in Pennsylvania. Currently, Pennsylvania is
the only state with its own Women in the Outdoors coordinator.
In his new position,
Souders will create new Women in the Outdoors events, re-energize
existing NWTF chapters and events and reach out to women who have
never participated in the program.
“The Game Commission
recognizes that there is a high interest level in the outdoors
among women in the state and we want to provide more opportunities
for them to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle,” said Carl G. Roe, Game
Commission executive director. “Providing women in our state with a
full-time Women in the Outdoors coordinator is satisfying a
tremendous need. This is a great opportunity to recruit new
outdoorswomen and, as a joint venture between the Game Commission
and NWTF, everyone benefits.”
Roe noted that the
hiring of Souders compliments the Game Commission’s recent hiring
of Julie Imes, of Elliottsburg, Perry County, who serves as the
Recruitment and Retention Coordinator.
“In this capacity,
Julie will serve as the coordinator for the National Archery in the
Schools program, which is a gateway to encourage those youth who
enjoy the challenge of target archery shooting to consider the
transition into 3-D target archery shooting and then to hunting,”
Roe said. “With the wide array of youth and junior hunting and
trapping opportunities offered by the Game Commission, Julie also
recently developed an overall manual for sportsmen’s clubs,
outdoors organizations and individual hunters to host or serve as
mentors for young people interested in getting involved in hunting
The NWTF formed the
Women in the Outdoors outreach program to provide opportunities for
women to enjoy the outdoors in a stress-free environment.
Knowledgeable and friendly instructors help participants learn new
activities quickly and gain confidence in their abilities.
Souders noted that, in
2009, NWTF chapters hosted 240 Women in the Outdoors events across
North America, in which women participated in various outdoor
activities such as archery, canoeing, self-defense training,
camping and shooting.
“The NWTF is the
leading conservation organization in North America and I’m excited
to help fulfill our mission,” said Souders. “Women in the Outdoors
has been extremely successful in Pennsylvania and I look forward to
helping women across the state enjoy outdoor
Through dynamic partnerships with
state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its
members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the
country, spending more than $306 million to conserve 14 million
acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.
The NWTF works to
increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and
conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and
its outreach programs – Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen,
JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.
For more information
about the NWTF and its outreach programs, visit www.nwtf.org
or call (800) THE-NWTF.