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Local J.A.K.E.S. Member Receives State Recognition

By Staff | Jan 24, 2018

The West Virginia National Wild Turkey Federation state chapter president Jeffrey Jones presents J.A.K.E.S. member Benjamin Leasure with the “JAKE of the Year,” award.

The West Virginia chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has named J.A.K.E.S.(Juniors, Acquiring, Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) member Benjamin Leasure, age 9 of Parkersburg, “JAKE of the Year.” Leasure is a member of the Middle Island Longbeards/NWTF. He was awarded the honor at the state awards banquet on Jan. 13 at the Days Hotel Convention Center at Sutton, W.Va. Regional Director Robert Farkasovsky announced the award for Benjamin’s volunteer service to the local chapter. Benjamin was recognized for his volunteer service, years of membership, helping the banquet committee in several areas, community service, helping with conservation projects, working the JAKES sign-up table, raffle prizes and sportsmanship.

Leasure attends McKinley Elementary in Parkersburg. He enjoys scouting with Pack #3 Cub Scouts, and he loves hunting, fishing, working on the family farm with his father, and gardening with his grandfather.

Leasure’s plans for the upcoming year include catching the big bass in the farm pond, and killing his first gobbler. He also wants to help his grandfather plant trees and food plots for wildlife.

Leasure enjoys playing computer games as well. His favorite is ROBLOX.

“This is how the JAKES program should work,” stated chapter president, Bob Leasure. Over 20 years ago, I took my son Zac to a J.A.K.E.S. field day, and he enjoyed it so much. He told me if we ever went to another event, he wanted to help out. The Middle Island Longbeards chapter has seen much success with the JAKES program, gaining national recognition. Zac, as well as his nephews, has been a big part of this success; and now his son is involved. “That’s what I call passing it on!”

The hunting heritage is very beneficial to not only wildlife, but also the youth of tomorrow. To find out how to get involved, contact the local NWTF chapter. The Middle Island Longbeards welcomes the public to “Do something wild, join now!” Call 304-758-4374, or e-mail wildwvjakes@hotmail.com