The Great American Whitetail Collection, featuring two monster bucks from Kentucky and Illinois, was on display last weekend at the National Scholastic Sportsman Program (NSSP) National Convention and Summit Awards Banquet in Metropolis, IL. “There was a steady stream of traffic to see the whitetails," said Barry Ranney of NRA Youth Programs.
Bill Poole, Director of NRA’s Education & Training Division, is hopeful the NSSP and NRA can work together to expand YHEC. “Advisors from schools in surrounding states met to discuss implementing YHEC in their home states," said Poole.
NRA Board Member and former Redskins great Dave Butz was also at the weekend’s events. Butz met with attendees, signed autographs, and served as a motivational speaker at the Summit Awards Banquet.
Jointly sponsored by NRA, the Summit Awards Banquet honored outstanding NSSP Chapters, individual participants, and affiliates. NRA staff presented awards including Partner of the Year, Chapter Event of the Year, Top Gun Award and Conservationist of the Year, presented by Dave Butz.
Both Ranney and Poole expect great things from the budding NSSP partnership. As NSSP Outdoors President Cliff Flournoy put it, “We at NSSP Outdoors have surrounded ourselves with some of the best outdoor professionals and educated minds in the country to help bring education and conservation to the front of this program."