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An Open Letter to NWTF Members

Dear dedicated members and sponsors of the NWTF,

While the NWTF’s national board of directors reluctantly accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Rob Keck on March 26, he will remain at the helm until June 1 to help guide our organization during this transition period.

The experience and vision of our 18-member volunteer board and Rob’s knowledge of the NWTF, conservation and hunting, will move the organization forward on its path to success.

After 30 years of distinguished service, including 27 years as CEO, Rob decided, for personal and family reasons, to step aside from his duties with the Federation. He resigned his post under his own will, and his presence within the ranks of the NWTF will be sorely missed. Under Rob’s leadership, the NWTF has grown into one of the nation’s premier conservation organizations.

Currently, the Board is searching for a qualified candidate to assume the role as NWTF’s new CEO and work closely with the National Board of Directors to implement long-range planning designed to build upon the sturdy foundation of this great organization.

Under Rob’s skillful leadership, the NWTF has grown into one of the nation’s premier conservation organizations with more than 550,000 members. During that time, the NWTF has worked with wildlife agencies in North America to help grow wild turkey populations, increase participation in hunting and introduce countless youth, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors.

While the organization has undergone change, it’s still made up of more than a half million of the most passionate and dedicated volunteers as well as our amazingly supportive and generous partners and sponsors. Because of all these wonderful people, we’re an organization that will emerge from this and move forward into an era of conservation success. We’re excited about what Team NWTF can accomplish next on behalf of our mission to conserve the wild turkey and preserve our hunting heritage. Together, we are strong.

Best Regards,

Peggy Anne Vallery,                                    Rob Keck,
NWTF President                                         NWTF  CEO

Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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