RIO GRANDE WILD TURKEY
Photo Credit: Albert Lavallee/National Wild Turkey Federation
MERRIAM'S WILD TURKEY
Photo Credit: National Wild Turkey Federation
California has released Rio Grande, Eastern, Merriam's, and Eastern/Rio Hybrids. However, the most common subspecies found today are: the Rio Grande wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia), and the Merriam's wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo merriami). Merriam's are typically found only in areas of the state at higher elevations.
The North American Wild Turkey Management Plan is a compilation of regional and state/provincial plans that will outline goals to help wildlife management agencies and the NWTF's dedicated volunteers target the most important factors in wild turkey conservation and protecting our
In support of the North American Wild Turkey Management Plan and the continued efforts of wild turkey conservation and the preservation of the hunting tradition, the NWTF's California State Chapter and its members have spent more than $1,909,593 in California since 1985. The money has been raised through Hunting Heritage Banquets and administered jointly by the NWTF, the NWTF's California State Chapter
and the California Department of Fish and Game. The California State Chapter's priorities fall into four categories: Habitat Enhancement, Hunter Access, Wild Turkey Research and Outreach.
- Improve the quality of woodlands on public and private land throughout the state by promoting timber stand improvement, with an emphasis on oak management; fund public land forestry projects; and support the creation of additional funding sources and delivery mechanisms for private land forestry.
- Improve the availability of water on public lands and fund guzzler installations, spring developments and water catchments.
- Provide quality nesting and brood-rearing habitat on public lands by reducing noxious weeds and restoring native perennial bunch grasses.
- Restore riparian habitat by restoring native vegetation where non-native vegetation or agricultural practices have degraded the habitat, and fund riparian restoration on public lands.
- Support strategic acquisition of public hunting lands.
- Work with private landowners, corporate partners, industrial landowners and public land management agencies to provide increased public hunting opportunities.
- Promote access and hunting in state, federal and local land management plans.
- Support and influence legislation related to access, hunting and the conservation of public and private lands.
Wild Turkey Research
- Use leg band return data to support gobbler survival research that will help determine appropriate hunting regulations to optimize hunting opportunities while maintaining hunting quality.
- Support science based research to develop standardized methods that help determine the wild turkey's range in California.
Education and Outreach
- Further the NWTF's mission locally and statewide by assisting local chapters with JAKES, Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF outreach events, funding local NWTF scholarships and providing schools with Wild About Turkey Education Boxes.
- Promote the National Archery in the Schools Program by helping middle and high schools in California purchase archery equipment.