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Prior to being named the NWTF’s Vice President of Operational Support, Fountain served as a Regional Director in Alabama and Georgia for more than a decade.
EDGEFIELD, S.C.— The National Wild Turkey Federation recently named Bob Fountain its Vice President of Operational Support.
Fountain’s work with the NWTF began in July 1996 as a Regional Director in Alabama. In 2007, Fountain was assigned Regional Director in Georgia. Fountain says he is enthusiastic to join the NWTF’s national headquarters staff in Edgefield, S.C.
As Vice President of Operational Support, Fountain oversees NWTF banquets, product development, art development and the NWTF’s national convention. He is also in charge of sales and membership services. Ricky Peek has been promoted to fill Fountain’s position as Senior Regional Director for Georgia.
Fountain noted that while growing up in Valdosta, Ga., there were no huntable populations of wild turkeys. But today, thanks to the work of state and federal wildlife agencies and the NWTF, the wild turkey population in North America stands at more than seven million. The amazing comeback of the wild turkey gave Fountain the opportunity to participate in a memorable hunt with his father.
“I’m proud of the NWTF’s mission of conservation and preserving the hunting tradition,” he said. “Hunting is really special to me. My Dad taught me to hunt as a kid, and I was able to take him on his first and only turkey hunt before he passed away. To be able to give back to my hunting mentor like that and share the experience with him is something I will never forget.”
After raising four children and retiring from a distinguished military career that has taken him around the world, Fountain has no plans to slow down. He remains focused on spreading the word about the good work the NWTF is doing to enhance wildlife habitat and help more people enjoy the outdoors.
“When it comes to the NWTF, I tell people there is no better group in the world to work with,” Fountain said. “We are constantly opening avenues to get families outside and having fun, and to see the results of that work is really satisfying. Watching someone catch their first fish or harvest their first gobbler is extremely rewarding.”
Fountain also stressed that the Federation’s volunteers play a huge role in making the NWTF such a successful organization. He encourages the public to attend an NWTF banquet or event to experience the fellowship and camaraderie first-hand.
“Our volunteers are extraordinarily dedicated and driven people, and by coming to an NWTF banquet, people get a chance to meet others who are passionate about wildlife conservation,” added Fountain. “They leave excited and energized about the possibilities for the future of wildlife. I invite everyone to come out and join us at a banquet or one of our many outreach events to see what the NWTF has to offer.”
Some of the NWTF’s outreach programs include JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship), Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF, which provide outdoor recreation opportunities for youth, women and people with disabilities, respectively.
“The future is looking very bright for the wild turkey, and the NWTF is poised to keep it that way,” said Fountain.
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