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The below is a press release (via Don Heckman) that is being sent out by NWTF in regards to the LL Bean support that Pennsylvania has received.

L.L.Bean helps NWTF Launch 'Learn to Hunt' Program

EDGEFIELD, S.C.- L.L.Bean has chosen to help celebrate its 100th anniversary by aiding the NWTF in establishing a "Learn to Hunt" pilot program in Pennsylvania.

The iconic American outdoor outfitter is donating a prototype of one of only 20 individual, 100th anniversary Merkel Model 147SL 20 gauge shotguns to the NWTF for a March 11 auction by James D. Julia Auction House<> in Fairfield, Maine.
Live bids will be taken in person and online. Contact James D. Julia Auction House for information on online and other bidding options at (207) 453-7125.

The proceeds from the rare collector's piece will go to the NWTF's JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) program in Pennsylvania. The auction house is donating its commission and fees.
The engraving theme for L.L. Bean's limited edition, anniversary shotguns is a celebration of the company's 100th anniversary. The bottom of the shotgun receiver features a custom golf inlayed engraving of L.L.Bean's first and still widely popular product, the Maine Hunting Shoe.

L.L.Bean produced only five, four-gun anniversary sets for retail, priced at $75,000 each. Only 20 of the 20 gauge shotguns will be sold individually at retail for $15,000.
"For decades, L.L.Bean has always been about making it as easy as possible for people, especially our youth, to engage in outdoor activities like hunting," said Mac McKeever, L.L.Bean senior public relations representative. "Our company began over 100 years ago from a love of hunting and we're eager to continue to share our passion for hunting with future generations.

"That's why we chose the NWTF's JAKES program to receive the proceeds from the auction. Their interest in promoting hunting to our youth mirrors L.L.Bean's desire to ensure that people's lives continue to be enriched in ways that only time spent in the outdoors can."
James D. Julia is donating its commission and fees.

The NWTF will partner with its local NWTF chapters and the Pennsylvania Game Commission in the creation and development of the program, which can serve as an example for other states.

The Pennsylvania Learn to Hunt program will have regional events across the state, introducing youth to hunting through hands-on instruction in hunter safety, ethics and shooting skills. NWTF volunteers, working in partnership with state agencies, will guide youth participants on a follow-up mentored hunt.

"Pennsylvania NWTF is honored to have been chosen by L.L.Bean to receive the proceeds from the auction to be used toward introducing youth to our sport, said Leslie Smith, NWTF Pennsylvania outreach coordinator.
The JAKES program is one of three major NWTF outreach programs attempting to increase the number of hunters. The other two major programs are Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen.

The NWTF, a non-profit organization with more than 200,000 members, is the leader in upland wildlife conservation in North America. Since the NWTF's founding in 1973, the wild turkey population has grown from 1.3 million to about 7 million, making it one of greatest stories in American conservation history.

More than 100,000 youth between the ages of 5 and 17 are exposed to conservation and the outdoor lifestyle each year through JAKES events supervised by expert outdoor instructors. Typical JAKES events include target shooting, archery, and other outdoor activities as well as hunter safety and conservation education.

The showpieces of the JAKES program are JAKES Take Aim trailers, which contain portable shooting ranges. In 2013, 49 states will have at least one JAKES Take Aim trailer to use at JAKES events.

Bids will be taken in person and online. Details about the gun can be found in L.L. Bean's lavish color catalog or on its website<}/wKBz?redirect_to=>.

The NWTF, a nonprofit organization, is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial agencies, the NWTF and our members have conserved 17.3 acres of wildlife habitat, investing $412 million.

According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is the greatest conservation success story in North American wildlife history.

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I've advised Donald that he should be the first student.

35+ years and he still don't hardly know nuffin' 'bout hunting turkeys.

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