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More Places To Hunt

Widespread urban sprawl, changes in land ownership and tightened state agency and federal budgets have left hunters with far less access to quality hunting areas.

Hunting Public Land

It's one of the greatest challenges facing every hunter: finding a good place to hunt. And for many hunters who don't own their own land or aren't hunt club members, that means finding good public land.

Here's how we find public hunting land.

Where will we be in another 40 years? Where will we hunt?
That depends on all of us.

  • The NWTF is dedicated to help provide more hunting opportunities on public and private property.

  • We will tirelessly raise money, buy land and donate it to state wildlife agencies to ensure places to hunt.

  • We will continue to work with the USDA Forest Service to identify landlocked public land and create access to these areas.

Our More Places to Hunt program assists partner agencies with land acquisitions, funding walk-in hunting area programs, holding landowner appreciation days and getting involved in legislative issues that maintain public access or provide funding for access related programs.

We have spent more than $10.5 million to acquire 453,000 acres of land for hunting, nearly 20,000 acres in the last two years alone.

The golden age of wild turkey hunting is now. Let's do what we can to maintain what we have earned together through our hard work and dedication.

If we take it for granted, we will lose it.

Join now and help impassioned hunters, their children and future generations have more places to hunt.

NWTF Conservation Easement Programs

The Conservation Easement Program protects private land from development and supports the Stewardship Endowment Fund to monitor and defend conservation easements.

In 2011, the NWTF accepted donations of four easements, protecting wildlife habitat on more than 1,686 acres in Georgia. The NWTF now holds conservation easements on 27 properties in eight states, totaling 17,088 acres.

Looking Forward

The easement program is driven mostly by word-of-mouth and personal referrals. Because of the long-term commitment to monitoring and enforcing conservation easements, the NWTF is selective in the easements it accepts.

The NWTF is working on two additional conservation easements that would protect another 3,000 acres in Georgia.

In 2012, the NWTF is seeking to secure more sponsors for the More Places to Hunt program and will work to pass the "Making Public Lands Public" legislation. As funding is secured, the NWTF will play a key role in identifying projects and working with agencies to create more public access.

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