Hunting Heritage Programs
Each year NWTF chapters across the United States offer women, youth and people with disabilities opportunities to explore the outdoors through local hands-on events and hunts. Events are designed to pass on the traditions of safe, ethical hunting and teach conservation principals. We know them as Hunting Heritage Events — JAKES for youth, Wheelin’ Sportsmen for people with disabilities and Women in the Outdoors. Find your place as a participant or a volunteer. Learn how you can get involved in your area.
In 1981, NWTF saw a need to get youth outdoors and began the JAKES ( Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) program. Xtreme JAKES was later added to provide teens with more advanced outdoor opportunities. JAKES Take Aim gives youth the chance to try target shooting, clay target shooting and shotgunning in a safe, fun environment.
Prior to the implementation of Women in the Outdoors, NWTF supported female-focused outdoor skills training programs through various organizations. Seeing the demand for such activities for women, the NWTF expanded its outreach efforts to include a formal Women in the Outdoors program in 1998.
Wheelin’ Sportsmen launched in 2000 after the NWTF recognized a need to introduce or reintroduce people with disabilities to the outdoors. There are 60 million people in the U.S. with disabilites, and Wheelin’ Sportsmen aims to introduce them all to hunting.