EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation congratulates Peggy Anne Vallery, a member of the NWTF National Board of Directors, on her induction into the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation’s Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.
Wildlife for Tomorrow exists to accelerate and magnify the impact of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s mission to conserve and protect Arizona’s wildlife and provide safe ethical outdoor recreation.
The organization’s Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame annually recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions toward Arizona’s wildlife, the welfare of its natural resources, the state’s outdoor heritage and the North American Conservation Model.
“I am really honored to receive this recognition in my great state of Arizona,” Vallery said. “This is a wonderful organization that does so much good in the state of Arizona.”
Vallery has served numerous roles within the NWTF’s National Board since being elected 20 years ago, including secretary (2004-05), vice president (2006-07), president (2007-09) and board chair (2010-11). In addition, Vallery chaired the executive and development subcommittees and was a member of the nominating, finance, policy and procedures, compensation and strategic planning committees.
“Peggy’s dedication and volunteer spirit to the NWTF over the last two decades have been inspiring,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “She has served and led our organization through new programs and has been a strong advocate for diverse membership and programing within the NWTF.”
Vallery, a Vanguard Life sponsor of the NWTF, helped start the first NWTF “Women in the Outdoors” event held in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. From there, she has helped other areas start Women in the Outdoors and JAKES events and has served as a volunteer and instructor during the events. She has been a staunch hands-on advocate for women hunters throughout America.
Vallery’s accomplishments in the outdoors are as vast as her volunteer efforts. She has been previously honored for her devotion to wildlife conservation and for her expansive and groundbreaking hunting career including being inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2010 and being the recipient of numerous Safari Club International Outstanding Achievement awards. She was the first woman from the western hemisphere to hunt in Bulgaria, Korea and the People’s Republic of China, among numerous other accomplishments.
“I am most proud of my accomplishments because of the timing of when I accomplished them,” Vallery said. “Not many women were hunting in the late 1970s and 80s in the places I hunted. I am also very proud to have been able to introduce so many other women to the outdoors and to hunting.”
While she has pioneered as a hunter across the globe, Vallery has spent many hours in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the NWTF, protecting our Second Amendment rights and preserving our nation’s hunting heritage.
“The NWTF is an organization that I deeply care about,” Vallery said. “I have spent the past 20 years, often at my own expense, championing the organization’s mission across the country.”
Due to COVID-19, the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet recognizing honorees will be canceled for 2020. Vallery’s accomplishments will be celebrated virtually and will be recognized again during the 2021 banquet.
For more information on Wildlife for Tomorrow, visit https://www.wildlifefortomorrow.org/
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.
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