NWTF South Hills Longbeards Chapter        


When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of dedicated work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners.

The mission of the National Wild Turkey Federation is no less urgent today than when it was founded in 1973. What we do in the coming decades will be instrumental in not only enhancing wild turkey populations but also in the continuation of hunting and quality wildlife habitat for countless species.

Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. is the NWTF’s 10-year initiative to:

1. Conserve or enhance 4 million acres of critical upland habitat

We’re bringing focus to our conservation delivery by identifying areas of habitat that provide the most positive impact for wildlife.

2. Create 1.5 million hunters

We’re securing the future of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation by increasing the number of hunters, who pay for 80 percent of wildlife conservation through excise taxes on guns, ammunition and more.

3. Open access to 500,000 additional acres for hunting

Because lack of access to hunting lands is a main reason people stop hunting, we’re ensuring there’s opportunity for everyone to find a place to go. section.


The NWTF is leading the effort to solve this problem. We will see to it that the entire industry, our community, becomes part of the solution. This is bigger than any one organization, and it is time we tackled this challenge together.

Here’s how you can help —

Join the NWTF now and do your part to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

The NWTF is a committed to raise $1.2 billion over the next decade to meet and exceed our goals. Give to the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative and secure the future of wildlife, wild places and the hunt for future generations.

Volunteer your time.

The NWTF’s most valuable resource is people — volunteers who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty when it comes to saving what’s important. Our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is critical to ensure the future of wildlife and hunting is secure. Now is when we have to make good on our goals. Your local Chapter located in Lawrence County, Ohio is the South Hills Longbeards Chapter. Contact Chapter President, Larry Pernestti today to learn how you can get involved in your own backyard.

Local Chapter Information

Our Chapter is located in Lawrence County, Ohio along the Ohio River in the southern most county. We have a All Volunteer Committee of women & men that are dedicated to the NWTF Mission....Save the Habitat - Save the Hunt as well as Conservation of the Wild Turkey and the Preservation of our hunting heritage! We have several outreach events each year and we are one of the most active chapters in the state of Ohio.

Our chapter was established in 1995 by hosting its first Annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquet at the Grandview Inn in South Point, Ohio. The first committee of nine members back in 1995 were; Buddy Fry, Mickee Fry, Robert Burcham, Brenda Burcham, Richard Meyers, Herb Nida, Tim Selb, Darrell Fry and Brian James. Our chapter has had five committee members in the past years who have served on the NWTF Ohio State Board and they are; Buddy Fry, Mickee Fry, Robert Burcham, Brenda Burcham and Larry Kingery. Buddy Fry also served on the NWTF National Board from 2010-2013. Thanks to those dedicated people for their leadership, passion and drive that has led our chapter to where we are today and have grown in committee size, banquet size, community and outreach events and programs.

We host several events a year. We host a full calendar of outdoor events for men, women, youth, and the disabled; We focus on conservation and concentrate on the preservation and education of the hunting heritage we all hold dear, and are committed to continuing our support of these important programs including: Our newest outreach programs in 2018 are: - Coyote Hunt Seminar and Competition in February. - Turkey Hunters Care Program in November. We Also Host: -Three JAKES Events - Hunter Education Course in March - JAKES youth turkey hunt in April - JAKES fishing day in May -Two Wheelin’ Sportsmen Events -Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Day in April -Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fall Bow Hunt in October - One Women In The Outdoors Event (WITO). - Women In The Outdoors Event in September - Our Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet in August. We also set up the JAKES TAKE AIM TRAILER at some of these events. Please check our event calendar to see the dates, times and locations for all events.

We award two scholarships to high school seniors from our county each year during the banquet. We DO NOT allow alcohol at any of our events and we do not host or participate in any events on Sunday's. We would like to thank all of our donors & sponsors who have always supported us in all of our events as well as all of the land owners and guides for everything they do.

The Chapter President/Banquet Chairman is Larry Pernestti. He can be reached at: 740-534-9128 or 740-646-6907. The Chapter Vice President is Bill Mullins. Thank you for viewing our website and we hope to see you at one of our events!!!


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