The NWTF partnered with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to improve habitat for Eastern wild turkeys in the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina’s Low Country. The NWTF contributed more than $4,000 to assist with the planting and maintenance of food plots on 40 acres of refuge land.
Waccamaw volunteers planted sorghum, wheat, millet and chufa seeds in separate food plot areas. Because wild hogs are prone to eating chufa plots, workers framed the chufa plots with electric fencing to keep them out.
“Food plots are supplemental food,” said Gary Peters, NWTF district biologist. “If turkeys can’t find food, they’re going to travel a long way. The more they travel, the more they’re going to be susceptible to predation.”
The food plots attract bugs, which are an additional food source for turkeys and other wildlife species.
For three years running, the NWTF and partners also have held an annual youth turkey hunt on the property. This event helps introduce more youth to the tradition of turkey hunting and conservation.