NWTF Originals

Five [for] 5: Ray Miller

Illinois native, Ray Miller, used to spend his days working as a conservation officer for the Illinois DNR, while also enjoying many hunting pursuits. After retiring, Miller now spends his time as a craftsman designing detailed carvings inspired by his love for wildlife and the great outdoors. His most intricate carvings are of bird feathers, including the wild turkey. Miller was able to donate a few of his carved turkey feathers to a local Illinios NWTF banquet auction.

Turkey Call: Hunter and Jenna

We join Captain Hunter Forbes and his wife Jenna for the Kentucky turkey opener. The Forbes own Southern Whitetail Outfitters in Kentucky, and 30A Guide Service in Destin, Florida. They split their time between their homes in both states guiding whitetail and turkey hunters in KY, and fishing in FL.

Turkey Call: Senior Trip

Like many graduating seniors, Jack Ellis’ final high school year was cut short due to COVID-19. So his dad Chris did what he knew best. He loaded up the truck and took Jack on a turkey hunting trip to the Missouri Ozarks to celebrate.

Turkey Call: The Brothers Hunt

Dan and Reid Isbell, known as “The Brothers Hunt,” are Nashville songwriters who can’t stay out of the woods. With recent success in songwriting, including cuts with Luke Combs, Dan and Reid are reaching the pinnacle of their careers. We head to Tennessee to hunt and learn about how their love for the outdoors shapes the music they write.

Turkey Call: Darren Jones

Darren Jones is a south Texas native and avid outdoorsman. Darren has spent the majority of his life deployed as a Marine officer. When he’s home, he finds peace and refuge in the woods and on the water. We join Darren on a 20,000 acre south Texas sanctuary turkey hunting and spend some time on the water learning about the south Texas way of life.

Turkey Call TV: Logan Cooke

Logan Cooke is a Mississippi native, a lifelong outdoorsman and an NFL punter for the Jacksonville Jaguars. We join him in Florida for an Osceola turkey hunt.

#BeyondtheStrut – Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests were hit hard by two of the largest fires ever to occur in Arizona. But, wildlife is rebounding thanks to stewardship work between the NWTF and the U.S. Forest Service. Also, state volunteers talk about the impact of fostering hunting in the next generation and a bow hunt on public land.

#BeyondtheStrut – New Mexico

The Zuni Mountains and Cibolo National Forest are home to the NWTF’s largest stewardship project, the nine-year running Bluewater Stewardship Project. In order to reduce fire risk, the NWTF is aiding in thinning of the timber stands and reducing fuel loads through burning. Also, onXHunt’s Dylan Dowson hits New Mexico for the first time to hunt turkeys at nearly 9,000 ft.

#BeyondtheStrut – California

It’s no secret that California’s forests are in need of conservation efforts to help with forest health. The NWTF’s stewardship agreement on Eldorado National Forest’s Cleveland-Icehouse Project already has seen more than 1,000 acres impacted and the project budget has reached $2.3 million. Also, NWTF staff meet up with From Field to Plate’s Jeremiah Doughty for a hunt at the project site.

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#BeyondtheStrut – Montana

Wounded veterans Jim Sursley, Army, and Dominic Davila, Marines, may have served their country in different eras, but they share a bond of service to country. NWTF Staff and volunteers come together to ensure Sursley and Davila also share a Merriam’s turkey hunt neither will forget.

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