The NAWTMP promotes access and hunting in state, federal and local land management plans.
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RIO GRANDE WILD TURKEY
Photo Credit: Bill Marvin/National Wild Turkey Federation
Oklahoma is home to two subspecies of wild turkey: the Eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) can be found in the eight southeastern Oklahoma counties, and the Rio Grande wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) is located across the remainder of the state with populations restricted to wooded riparian areas farther west.
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 hunting heritage.
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 Oklahoma State Chapter and its members have spent more than $839,000 in Oklahoma since 1985. The money has been raised through Hunting Heritage Banquets and administered jointly by the NWTF, the Oklahoma State Chapter and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The Oklahoma State Chapter's priorities fall into five categories: Habitat Enhancement, Hunter Access, Wild Turkey Research, Education and Outreach.
- Improve the quality of woodlands through Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects on public lands and by supporting Oklahoma Forestry Services initiatives, Farm Bill programs and outreach efforts to improve private lands.
- Restore western riparian areas by increasing funding for the NWTF's Southern Great Plains Riparian Initiative, controlling invasive species and regenerating native plant species.
- Maintain and expand existing riparian woodlands by increasing funding for the Southern Great Plains Riparian Initiative, establishing riparian buffers, promoting cottonwood regeneration, and supporting Farm Bill programs and Oklahoma Forestry Services initiatives.
- Support and promote the use of prescribed burning of woodland and upland habitat on public and private lands through Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the USDA Forest Service, and through the purchase of equipment for prescribed burn associations.
- Support strategic acquisition of public hunting lands through cooperation with Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
- Work with private landowners to provide public hunting opportunities.
- Promote access and hunting in state, federal and local land management plans.
- Support legislation related to access, hunting and the conservation of public and private lands
Wild Turkey Research
- Support cottonwood regeneration research in western riparian forests. Without action, many current wild turkey roost sites will disappear as older trees die and are not replaced.
- Support science based gobbler mortality research on public lands in western Oklahoma.
- Support education opportunities for youth in Oklahoma including the National Archery in the Schools Program and the Oklahoma Youth Forestry Camp in cooperation with Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Oklahoma Forestry Services.
- 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.