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AFWA Honors McAninch at Annual Meeting

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies presented Jay McAninch an award on Monday, Sept. 11, in recognition and appreciation for all his years of commitment, leadership and dedication for our natural resources, and hunting and shooting sports.
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Author: Cassie Scott

 

“Jay McAninch has worked tirelessly throughout his career at the Archery Trade Association in support of many important issues to state fish and wildlife agencies,” said Ron Regan, Executive Director of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. “His leadership has been instrumental to bringing state fish and wildlife agencies and the industry together so that topics such as recruitment, retention and funding through excise taxes can be discussed and better understood and appreciated by all parties.”

 

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies honored ATA president/CEO Jay McAninch on Sept. 11 for his commitment, leadership, dedication and support of hunting, shooting sports and natural resources during his 17-year career with the Archery Trade Association.

McAninch received the award during the Directors’ Lunch at AFWA’annual meeting in Snowbird, Utah. Virgil Moore, AFWA vice president and director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, presented the award. McAninch announced in March that he was stepping down as ATA president/CEO by the end of this year. He has held the position since August 2000.

“Jay McAninch worked tirelessly throughout his career at the Archery Trade Association in support of many important issues to state fish and wildlife agencies,” said Ron Regan, AFWA’s executive director. “His leadership has been instrumental to bringing state fish and wildlife agencies and the industry together so topics such as recruitment, retention and funding through excise taxes can be discussed and better understood and appreciated by all parties.”

AFWA represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. AFWA represents its state-agency members on Capitol Hill, provides member agencies species-based programs, and works to ensure North American fish and wildlife management has a clear, collective voice.

McAninch expressed gratitude for the recognition. “Receiving an award from the state wildlife agencies, given the critical importance of the work they do for archery and bowhunting, is much appreciated,” he said. “I also am thankful for all the hard work, cooperation and enthusiastic support of the many state agency directors we’ve worked with over my 17 years at ATA. I especially thank AFWA staff and Ron Regan for their tireless advocacy for our industry, and for shooting, hunting and conservation.”

McAninch previously received the AFWA’s Special Recognition Award in 2010. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to AFWA’s work and mission.

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