Conservation

Planting Chufa – A How-to Guide

Chufa (Chew-fa) is one of the most popular crops planted for wild turkeys. Travis Sumner, NWTF Hunting Heritage Center and Habitat Manager, gives instruction on how to prep for, plant and maintain a chufa plot on your hunting property.

Buy Chufa and other seed today by visiting seedstore.nwtf.org. (must have NWTF member ID to set up login)

US Forest Service: Fire and Forest Health

On the Tahoe National Forest, wildland firefighters prepare for yet another fire season. But wildland firefighters aren’t the only Tahoe National Forest employees trying to stop catastrophic wildfires and increase forest health. Explore why our forests have changed and what’s being done to reverse this trend.

Video credit: US Forest Service

Trap and Transfer efforts in North Carolina

Wild turkeys pose a strike risk for aircraft. So the NWTF partnered with NC Wildlife and the USDA to trap turkeys in Eastern North Carolina for restoration efforts in Eastern Texas.

Five [for] 5: Waccamaw NWR

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina’s Lowcountry is a unique model of dedication to hunting and outdoor recreation.

The Land Between the Lakes

The National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Forest Service at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area work together to improve habitat and public enjoyment through a cooperative stewardship agreement that began in 2008 with the use of stewardship authority.  Through stewardship authority, we developed a cooperative agreement where we provide a 20 percent match to USFS appropriated dollars to conduct work on the ground impacting approximately 5,000 acres annually with $200,000 of deliverables each year.

Land Between the Lakes also is an awesome place to hunt. It is 170,000 acres and approximately 163,000 of that is forest. The remaining 7,000 acres is a mixture of corn and soybeans, hay fields, warm season grasses and wildlife plantings where the NWTF plants winter wheat and clover to benefit deer, turkey and a wide variety of other species.

A Turkey Hill Outdoors Film

CPW: Livin’ the Wildlife – Turkeys

Colorado Parks and Wildlife focuses this episode of Livin’ the Wildlife on the wild turkey. Colorado is home to two subspecies of wild turkeys, the Merriam’s and the Rio Grande. The native Merriam’s turkeys live in the foothills and mountains west of I-25, and the Rio Grand turkeys were introduced to river corridors on Colorado’s eastern plains in the 1980s. To rebuild populations, Colorado Parks and Wildlife launched an aggressive trap and transfer program. In working with the NWTF, CPW relocated and reintroduced thousands of turkeys across the state. Today, the state is home to more than 40,000 birds, the largest population ever in the state’s history.

For more information on hunting turkeys in Colorado, visit https://cpw.state.co.us/

Crooked River National Grasslands Habitat Restoration

Thanks to conservation work, spearheaded by hunters, the western states host abundant populations of wild turkeys. We all know that growing wildlife populations require quality habitat to sustain populations.

The National Wild Turkey Federation and it’s members are dedicated to ensuring that all wildlife have the necessary habitat to flourish on or public lands.

2018 Annual Report

Last year we had an incredible year at the NWTF. It was our 45th year;our sapphire year. We conserved more acreage than planned, but we also broke 20 million acres conserved, since the NWTF began tracking this figure in the mid 80s.

“It was an incredible feat that everybody worked hard to achieve, and I am very proud to be a part of this organization that worked so hard to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.” – Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO

Food Plot Design

Need help with a new or existing food plot? Our NWTF experts are here to share some tips with you on food plot design.

Anti Poaching Tips

NWTF Member, Bobby Watkins shares a couple of secrets on how you can deter poachers and trespassers from coming onto your hunting property.

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