Three National Wild Turkey Federation chapters in South Carolina received L.A. Dixon Memorial Chapter Awards during the NWTF's 35th annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn.

The L.A. Dixon awards are given to local, state and provincial chapters that excel at conservation fund raising, education and outreach events year-round. The following chapters from South Carolina earned L.A. Dixon Awards for their outstanding work in 2010.

The South Carolina State Chapter was recognized by the NWTF for winning first place in the membership achievement category for state chapters with 5,000 to 9,999 members.

The Orangeburg Chapter, headquartered in Orangeburg, S.C., was recognized by the NWTF for earning second place in the Total Sponsor Membership Achievement category.

The Swamp Fox Local Chapter, headquartered in Ladson, S.C., was recognized by the NWTF for earning second place in the Greatest Net Income category and third place in the Best Net/Net category for their fundraising efforts.

The Salkehatchie Longbeards Chapter, headquartered in Walterboro, S.C., was recognized by the NWTF for earning third place in the Best of the Best Local Chapter category. "This chapter is one of our best in the nation when it comes to consistently having a large number of sponsors," said Mike Hofstatter, NWTF S.C. Regional Director.

"We are proud to recognize these outstanding chapters with the L.A. Dixon Awards," said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. "The NWTF's volunteers and chapters are incredibly devoted to our mission of conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage. These outstanding chapters are shining examples of how our great volunteers lead the way in communities across North America."