S3DA Names Reel S3DA National Conservation Coordinator

One of the main goals of the S3DA program is instilling in youth a lifelong passion for the outdoors and healthy respect for conservation related activities. S3DA is committed to educating youth about the critical connection between hunting and conservation through education and hands-on initiatives. Over the course of the last few years, S3DA has made great strides in developing the conservation aspect of this innovative nationwide youth program by installing S3DA State Conservation Coordinators in several states with a long-range plan to have one in every active state. Critical to that plan is the hiring of a competent, personable, goal-oriented, and equally outdoors-passionate individual as S3DA National Conservation Coordinator. Recently tapped to fulfil that role is Patty Reel from Townville, South Carolina.

Patty grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a town called Seneca, South Carolina. She currently resides in Townville with her husband, Brian. Together, they raised two girls, Leslie and Lauren. Patty is the proud grandparent of Skyler and Lawson, who are current members of the Palmetto Center Seekers S3DA club. She became a part of S3DA to get her grandchildren involved in shooting bows in a competitive setting and to build relationships with other kids in an outdoor sport such as archery.

Patty has been a part of the hunting industry since 2014. She currently holds several staff positions for Prois, Lumenok, Black Widow Deer Lures and Fishhunter Enterprise. She is also a certified Fresh Water Fishing Instructor for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Patty’s interest in conservation really began during a trout fishing expedition on the river. The amount of trash left behind broke her heart and she wanted to do whatever she could to educate others to protect our natural environment. Patty will plans to continue the growth of conservation education throughout S3DA by installing more State Conservation Coordinators, establishing relationships and partnerships with State Fish and Game/ Wildlife agencies, and working with already established S3DA state conservation programs to promote conservation and hunting through seminars, hunting trips, archery competitions, local markets/fairs, etc.… Patty stated, “I am excited to share my love of the outdoors with future generations. I want to provide education to youth and their families on how to utilize and protect our natural resources. I will work to establish conservation-related activities at regional, state, and national events. My main goal is to have a Conservation Coordinator in each S3DA established state by the Spring of 2023.”