NWTF’s State Chapters Busy Making More Places to Hunt
Courtesy of National Wild Turkey Federation
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The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Iowa State Chapter continues to make public hunting access a priority, having already contributed $72,000 toward the purchase of 812 acres of land in the Hawkeye State in 2008.
Most recently in Iowa, NWTF volunteers helped purchase land that will be used for public hunting as part of four existing conservation areas in Allamakee, Buchanan, Woodbury and Webster counties.
“Public access to hunting is a major concern for many hunters, especially in Iowa where only about two percent of land is publicly owned,” said Dave Whittlesey, NWTF regional biologist for Iowa. “Investing in hunting areas that are open to the public will benefit all wildlife and everyone who enjoys the public lands.”
The NWTF contributed $37,000 and partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to help purchase 306 acres in Allamakee County, which will connect the 1,955 acre Lansing Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to the 579 acre Fish Farm Mounds WMA.
These properties lie near the Mississippi River in Iowa’s northeast corner. By connecting two fragmented portions of public land with this addition, a very significant, 2,840 acre tract of land has now been secured. A tract of land this size will be beneficial to several interior forest wildlife species recognized by the Iowa DNR’s Wildlife Action Plan as being of “greatest conservation need.”