Colorado NWTF Hunting Heritage State Super Fund Projects

Numbers updated in May of 2012

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Administered jointly by the NWTF, its state chapters and state wildlife agencies, the Hunting Heritage Super Fund is used for projects that support the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of the hunting tradition. Nationally, NWTF chapters and cooperating partners have raised and spent more than $412 million for wild turkey conservation. Since 1985 over $817,449 has been raised and spent by Colorado chapters on projects within the state. A sampling of these projects is provided below.

Habitat Enhancement

Spent $354,918 on habitat improvement projects.

  • maintenance and development of brood habitat
  • wildlife openings
  • prescribed fire
  • tree planting
  • riparian restoration
  • water development projects
  • control of invasive plant species
  • support for seed subsidy and conservation seed programs

Habitat enhancement projects have impacted more than 96,343 acres within the state.

  • 16,108 acres of wildlife openings
  • 2,200 acres of prescribed burning

Purchased equipment for habitat management including:

  • 2 tractors
  • 2 disk/harrows
  • 3 drills
  • 1 planter

Projects were completed on:

  • Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Apishapa State Wildlife Area
  • Basalt State Wildlife Area
  • Brush State Wildlife Area
  • Clay Creek State Wildlife Area
  • Cottonwood State Wildlife Area
  • Garfield Creek State Wildlife Area
  • Grand Mesa National Forest
  • Horse Thief Canyon State Wildlife Area
  • Lake Dorothey State Wildlife Area
  • Pike and San Isable National Forest
  • Ramport Range
  • Rio Grand State Wildlife Area
  • San Juan Rio National Forest
  • Spanish Peaks State Wildlife Area
  • Tilman Bishop State Wildlife Area
  • Walter Walker State Wildlife Area
  • White River National Forest


Spent $140,783 on educational programs and literature including scholarships, education boxes, 4-H and teacher workshops.

  • Awarded 233 scholarships
  • Donated more than 281 education boxes to area schools

Spent $17,064 on educational projects for volunteers and professionals including:

  • Volunteer leadership workshops
  • Wild Turkey Woodlands field days
  • State web sites and newsletters
  • Purchased 125 educational CD-ROMs


Spent $61,262 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting. Sponsored 107 JAKES Conservation Field Days throughout the state.

Hunting Heritage

Spent $19,764 to protect and promote the hunting tradition including contributions to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Hunter Safety

Spent $3,500 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives within the state. Purchased hunter safety materials and equipment, including interactive shooting systems.

Turkey Restoration

Spent $16,669 to trap and transfer turkeys within the state. Expenses include the purchase of trapping equipment such as nets, rockets and rocket charges.

Women’s Programs

Spent $18,830 on programs, materials and equipment to introduce women to the outdoors, hunting and conservation. Conducted 33 Women in the Outdoors events throughout the state.


Spent $1,020 to protect wild turkeys and other wildlife through support of state sponsored reward programs, the printing of reward signs and reward payments.


Spent $14,202 on wild turkey management.

  • operation of wild turkey check stations
  • hunter success and satisfaction surveys
  • completion of wild turkey management plans
  • support of law enforcement activities

Purchased equipment to support law enforcement and management activities including:

  • ATV’s
  • weight scales for check stations
  • survey/surveillance cameras
  • gates to limit vehicular access


Spent $32,450 on wild turkey research. Purchased equipment related to research such as radio telemetry equipment.

Wheelin’ Sportsmen

Spent $21,301 to provide opportunities for the disabled to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation. Conducted 17 Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.


Spent $62,126 on other projects including organizational dues, travel expenses to professional meetings, special NWTF projects, and chapter rebates.