Wild Turkey Woodlands National Award
The Wild Turkey Woodlands National Award recognizes committed landowners who meet the needs of wildlife on their land, help promote the NWTF's mission and are involved in their community, while publicly encouraging conservation.
A panel of natural resource professionals scores each application. The top scorer is awarded the National Award and is recognized at the NWTF's Convention and Sport Show. Second and third place winners are recognized at their state or local banquet. The remaining applicants are ranked and some are chosen to receive the Outstanding Land Steward Award.
Only landowners who are NWTF members are eligible for the award. However, an NWTF membership application can be completed and submitted along with the WTWs application. Applicants are encouraged to submit detailed descriptions and photographs documenting management on their land, activity in their community and information on their involvement with the NWTF. Local WTWs winners are encouraged to apply for the National Award as well, but will need to fill out the national application. See the link below for a summary of 2008 and 2007 award winners' activities.
Wild Turkey Woodlands Recognition Program
The Wild Turkey Woodlands Recognition Program allows NWTF chapters and partners to acknowledge private landowners who: (1) Do good things for wildlife. (2) Promote the NWTF and its devotion to conserving wild turkeys and preserving the hunting heritage.
How to nominate a landowner: (1) Select award-worthy landowners who own at least 10 acres and allow hunting on their property. (2) Download and complete the Wild Turkey Woodlands evaluation form for each landowner. (3) Download and complete a sign order form (signs are $20 each) and send to NWTF headquarters along with the nomination form and a check to cover sign costs.
The Wild Turkey Woodlands sign will be mailed to you. Then you should: (1) Recognize the landowner at your local banquet or other important function and present him with the sign and certificate. (2) Meet with the landowner and place the sign in a prominent location on the landowner's property, usually along an entrance to the property. (3) Work with the landowner and complete the fill-in-the-blank news release provided. (4) Submit news release, along with a landowner photo, with their sign to NWTF headquarters and your local newspaper.
Feel free to include other chapter information in the news release to help tell your local community the great things your chapter is doing. Each landowner will receive a one-year membership in the Hunting Heritage Club, which includes two issues of the Get in the Game magazine.