The 2nd Carson Valley Chukar Club Legacy Award was presented to Dave Sharp on March 4 during the 37th Annual Chukar Club Dinner before a capacity crowd.
The Legacy award is presented to those who have displayed an extraordinary commitment to Nevada’s conversation, wildlife, education and youth outdoor opportunities.
Sharp was honored for a lifetime of volunteerism to his country and community.
“His life’s work reflects a legacy of passion for Nevada wildlife,” Club spokesman Stacy Trivitt said.
Sharp moved to Yerington in 1950 at the age of 11. He enlisted in the Army and, shortly before leaving for Vietnam, Dave married Pat.
“He traveled all over Vietnam during his year there as a small arm’s specialist and is proud to have served his country in the ’60s,” Trivitt said. “Dave also entered gunsmith school in Susanville and is an accomplished gunsmith with a reputation for being fair and exceptionally qualified.”
Sharp has served on both the Lyon County and Douglas County wildlife advisory boards for many years. He volunteered as a board member of the Carson Valley Chukar Club for many years to improve wildlife habitat and in support of local youth by sponsoring Hunter Safety training and being a primary sponsor for the local fishing derby.
“Dave took over the dinner portion of the event for many years and is responsible for the wonderful reputation of the food to this day,” Trivitt said. “Dave was President of the Mason Valley Trap Club in Yerington, and he was a long-time board member for Carson Valley Clays Gun Club and was instrumental in steering the club’s growth to one of the best gun clubs in Nevada.”
Sharp is an avid hunter and angler, Trivitt said.
“Dave considers Pyramid Lake one of the finest trout lakes in the world and he considers himself blessed to be able to fish there regularly,” Trivitt said. “Dave is a walking legend among local chukar hunters having successfully harvested many chukar over many decades by taking advantage of his ability to glide across the mountains, his sure shot and great bird dog work.”
Sharp credited his success with the support he has received from his wife and friends.
“He is very proud of what the Chukar Club has been able to accomplish and gives credit to his friends and this community for the success the club has achieved,” Trivitt said. “It was an honor for all who served alongside Dave in his various volunteer efforts and he is a true example for all Nevada men and women to emulate.”
The Board of Directors for the Chukar Club thanked everyone who attended the dinner and supported the dinner through donations.