Shane Hall, Dyersburg, Tenn.
Drawing from his own rehabilitation experience after an accident left him dependent on a wheelchair, Hall has been organizing hunts for disabled adults and children, and military veterans with physical and emotional wounds, for the past 12 years. In his role as state volunteer coordinator of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen, he plans 14 hunts—each for up to 20 hunters—per year, arranging food donations and volunteer support. “I can’t tell you how passionate I am about this,” says Hall. “It is such remarkable therapy to do what you love in the outdoors.”
Bob Overly, Bremerton, Wash.
As president of the Bremerton Sportsmen’s Club, Overly has helped secure two new public access points at local fishing waters and coordinates volunteers to maintain seven others. After a 32-year career as a game warden, Overly continues to monitor more than 70 wood-duck nesting boxes and to source donated cedar and milling labor to build more. He also helps provide salmon to local food banks.
David Sweet, Cody, Wyo.
Five years ago, Sweet took on leadership of the Save the Yellowstone Cutthroat Project, Trout Unlimited’s No. 2 priority project nationally, to reduce numbers of illegally stocked lake trout decimating the native cutthroats in Yellowstone Lake. He travels extensively to solicit support, and volunteers with the Park Service to net adult lake trout, locate spawning areas, and destroy eggs. “This year we saw significant improvement, but we have a long way to go,” says Sweet.