Rob Keck Chairman of the Board, Wonders of Wildlife, RedHead Pro Hunting Team
Rob Keck has been a lifelong dedicated hunter, angler, and trapper as well as a deeply committed conservationist of international scope. From March of 1981 through that same month in 2008, he led the National Wild Turkey Federation, a nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Edgefield, SC, as its chief executive officer. Under his leadership, the NWTF became one of the most dynamic, fastest growing single species conservation organizations in North America. Membership grew from 15,000 in 1978 when Rob began as Director of Chapter Development to well over 500,000 members. During that time 2350 chapters were organized across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico where the Federation and its partners raised and spent more than $300 million restoring and conserving wild turkeys, upholding hunting traditions and enhancing or acquiring more than 13 million acres of wildlife habitat.
Rob’s focus is marketing and selling the sizzle of wildlife conservation as well as finding a place for everyone to take part in our outdoor traditions. Rob hosted the Federation’s award winning national television program, “Turkey Call”, and served as executive producer for the NWTF’s other two national TV programs, “Turkey Country” and “Get in the Game”. From March of 1977 to March of 2008 he was a featured columnist for “Turkey Call” magazine as well as being a sought after keynote speaker throughout the country. In addition, he made 12 appearances on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and served as Grand Marshal for NASCAR’s Bass Pro Shops Atlanta 500 race in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
His lifelong commitment to wildlife management and upholding our hunting traditions has given him many opportunities to influence conservation and natural resource policy issues. In 2006, Rob was appointed by Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton to the Sporting Conservation Council, a Federal Advisory Committee. He was reappointed to the council in 2007 by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. In addition, Rob has served on a variety of boards of directors, and currently includes the second term on the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and is the Chairman of the Board of the Wonders of Wildlife.
Besides his faith and love for his wife of 28 years, Susan , their two daughters Carolyn and Heather and their husbands, turkey hunting is Rob’s passion. He is a past U.S. Open and World Champion turkey caller, who has built and designed calls and related equipment since 1969. In addition, Rob was the first to take wild turkeys in every state that supports a season as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala,and New Zealand. Having said that, he says that releasing a wild turkey into new habitat is even a greater thrill.
Rob’s dedication and leadership to our outdoor and hunting heritage prompted Petersen’s Hunting Magazine to name him one of hunting’s 25 most influential personalities of the 20th century.