Illinois

Our State Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. Goals

NWTF Illinois will conserve or enhance 65,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the next decade.
NWTF Illinois will create 55,000 hunters in the state over the next 10 years.
NWTF Illinois will improve public access to 2,000 more acres of hunting ground in the next decade.
  • NWTF Illinois works to improve the quality of its forested lands and is actively seeking opportunities to restored additional acres to quality forest habitat.
  • Only 3 percent of Illinois is publicly accessible. NWTF Illinois understands the need to open more acres for public hunting as they work to grow hunter numbers.
  • NWTF Illinois creates hunters through mentored hunting events. The state is also committed to firearm safety.

At the National Wild Turkey Federation, the outdoors isn’t just what’s on the other side of the glass, it’s where we feel most alive. And we’re making America the best it can be for the people and wildlife who call it home. The NWTF has divided the country in six areas — America’s Big Six of Wildlife Conservation — to focus our effort on the most critical upland habitat needs.  

Illinois is part of America’s Crossroads. NWTF Illinois is committed to improve water quality and forest health and restore grasslands.

Learn more about America's Big Six of Wildlife Conservation

Team Illinois

Staff

Shawn McWilliams
Director of Field Operations
(815) 645-8105
Jim Garver
Regional Director
(618) 420-4966
Jeffrey Ravenscraft
Regional Director
(309) 337-0188
Rodney Schlafer
Regional Director
(815) 403-3597
Cindy Spillman
Regional Director
(618) 586-5191
Brian Zielinski
Director of Conservation Operations
(386) 740-7107
Jason Lupardus
Conservation Field Manager
865-603-5258
John Burk
District Biologist
(573) 676-5994
Stacy Lindemann
Forester
217-827-6514
Matt Weegman
Wildlife Biologist
(218) 368-6313

Volunteers

Greg Shaffer
Save the Hunt Coordinator
309-235-0906

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