The great outdoors is important to all of us. Even for those that do not choose to hunt and fish, the opportunities that lay themselves out before each of us are truly a blessing. And for those that do choose to partake of the harvesting side of things, well, it is even more special and important.

I have been involved in the outdoors all of my life. The fond memories that my childhood captured with my dad and brothers in the field and on the water have truly molded my life and now over 50-years later, I am lucky to be part of the outdoor industry as co-owner of Sportsman’s News, which as you know is the official monthly publication of Sportsman’s Warehouse.

Ten years ago, I just happened to be on assignment in Alaska at a fishing lodge. As fate would have it, I was paired up with the then president of the Utah Chapter of the NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation), Jon Leonard, on a few adventures that week and by the end of the trip, a new chapter had been created for the southern part of Utah!

Now when it all began, I will have to admit I really didn’t know what I was getting myself in for. I had been a supporter of just about every outdoor conservation group in the state and I am, for the most part, still to this date. But, it didn’t take me long to figure out that the NWTF was the group that I really wanted to work with. I found that this organization was truly at the top of the list for looking out for all of our hunting heritage and preservation of its resources.

Fast forward to present day and now I am faced with an even greater commitment. I have been nominated for the National Board of Directors for the NWTF and I have been selected as one of the six nominees to be presented to the national membership for one of the three voted-in members of this years’ class.

Those of you that are members will be finding out more in the coming weeks. The process will be completed by the end of the year and the new members will be presented at the national convention in February.

I am not really a campaigner, but in this case, the cause is a worthy one and I would very much appreciate your support. The west will greatly benefit from representation on the national board, as this opportunity doesn’t present itself very often. If you aren’t a member of the NWTF, you should be. The NWTF does an awful lot for habitat and opportunities for all species and all walks of life.

Thanks for listening and I hope to be representing all of you when this process is complete.

Yours truly, Kent Danjanovich