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An Alabama businessman and a legendary huntress

In this issue, we get to know NWTF Foundation Board members Riley Smith and Brenda Valentine.

Smith has served as president and CEO of Tensaw Land & Timber Company since 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and later went on to create its natural science curriculum. He also started skeet shooting at the university.

Smith, a lifetime NRA member, served as commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from 1999 to 2003. He was a commissioner of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management from 2003 to 2006.

NWTF Spokeswoman Brenda Valentine spreads the word about the NWTF all over the country. She is an award-winning television host, champion archer and author. She also writes "Hen Tracks" in each issue of Turkey Country.

Brenda Valentine in the field

Brenda Valentine

Puryear, Tenn.

Why do you stand behind the NWTF?

The NWTF is doing the best job of any conservation organization in protecting and enhancing the things that are important to me — Second Amendment rights, hunting laws, conserving wildlife and habitat, educating youth, women and non-hunters. The NWTF is like an insurance policy I am paying forward so my great-grandchildren can know the outdoor joys as I do.

What passion do you share with NWTF members?

We want to protect and preserve our hunting heritage through education and sound conservation practices.
Three things happen at every NWTF banquet and most all sanctioned functions that seem to bind us all closer:

The Pledge of Allegiance is always recited with reverence. Veterans are recognized and honored for their service to our country. And prayer is offered before each meal.

What are your top three favorite outdoor activities?

Farming for wildlife is my favorite outdoor activity. Year-round scouting for game is exciting for me. I love hunting, especially bowhunting. It also brings me tremendous pleasure to call in a turkey or assist hunters with disabilities, kids or first-time hunters.

How are you involved in the NWTF?

The NWTF Foundation is a group of leaders in the outdoors industry who truly care for wildlife and the lifestyle of millions of outdoorsmen and women of North America. They understand the importance of giving back and connecting the NWTF with important financial resources to accomplish our mission.

Turn to page 11 for a complete list of NWTF Foundation board members.

As a national spokesperson I attend banquets, outreach functions and special fundraisers all over the country where I learn first-hand of the concerns and passions of other members. Not a day goes by that I am not actively involved with some NWTF project. I am a banquet committee member for my area chapter, the Tennessee River Longbeards. There is an NWTF license plate on the front of my pickup truck and an NWTF sticker on the back.

Who is your favorite person to share the outdoors with?

My husband, Barney, and I share the same passion for sneaking out early to listen for gobblers, planting food plots and glassing for white-tailed deer in bean fields.

Riley Smith at Podium

Riley Smith

Mobile, Ala.

Why do you stand behind the NWTF?

I have a great passion for the outdoors, and I love to take new people hunting.

How are you involved in the NWTF?

I serve as president of the NWTF Foundation Board.

Who is your favorite person to share the outdoors with?

My favorite people to hunt with are my wife, Tammy, and my daughter, Mary Frances. We enjoy hunting and fishing and all three of us have a great love for the outdoors.

For more information on donating to the NWTF Foundation, contact Donna Leggett at or (803) 637-3106.