EDGEFIELD, SC—The National Wild Turkey Federation recognized Toxey Haas, founder and CEO of Mossy Oak, with the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award for his contributions to conserving and preserving our hunting heritage.
“I am beyond honored to receive the 2023 Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award,” Haas said. “With my lifetime involvement with the NWTF, I am well aware of the monumental importance of this award, all of its previous winners, and especially Miss Boykin! It could not be recognized in a more satisfying and rewarding way. Growing up knowing her and her family makes it even more special. As everyone knows, turkeys have been in my life since my earliest days. Regardless of my love for all wildlife, nature, and the earth itself, turkeys and turkey hunting and conservation have always come first. Even as a company and brand, for Mossy Oak, turkeys are the bull’s-eye. It is with the deepest gratitude that I accept the award on behalf of the Haas family and the entire truly amazing family within the Mossy Oak brand. It is one we will cherish forever.”
Haas accepted the award during 50 years of the NWTFhe 47th anniversary celebrationhe Annual convention and sports extravaganza, sponsored by Mossy Oak.
The namesake of the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award was a former President and Chairman of the NWTF National Board of Directors. During his tenure, he emphasized the importance of hunting heritage and helped create a new perspective for the organization.
Like Boykin, Haas lives his life working to advance our nation’s outdoor traditions.
Haas’s love of the outdoors and conservation was passed down to him through his father. He founded Haas Outdoors in 1986 with the idea of making camouflage more realistic, which led to Mossy Oak, one of the NWTF’s strongest partners. Haas is an avid turkey hunter and says, “There is something intangible about the wild turkey; It is at the center of our brand and our family.”
Through Haas’s leadership, Mossy Oak has been a stalwart supporter of the NWTF, sponsoring our national convention, conservation efforts and youth scholarships, and hunting heritage programs that pass down outdoor traditions.
“Having like-minded partners can be an amazing partnership,” said NWTF Co-Executive Director Jason Burckhalter. Toxey is certainly no exception to this rule. He and Mossy Oak allow us to elevate our impact to unprecedented levels. We are incredibly proud to present Toxey with the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award for his immense impact in preserving America’s hunting heritage.”
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
Since 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested more than half a billion dollars in wildlife conservation and has conserved or improved more than 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The organization continues to advance wildlife conservation, forest resiliency, and robust recreational opportunities across the US by working beyond borders at the landscape scale.
2023 is the 50th of the NWTFhe anniversary and an opportunity to push the organization’s mission into the future while honoring its rich history. for his 50he anniversary, the NWTF has set six ambitious goals: positively impact 1 million acres of wildlife habitat; raise $500,000 for wild turkey research; increase membership to 250,000 members; dedicate $1 million to education and outreach programs; raise $5 million to invest in technology and the people of NWTF; and raise $5 million to build a $50 million endowment for the future. Find out how you can help us achieve these lofty goals.