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Hunting Heritage Programs

The future of conservation and hunting is inherently linked to the number of new hunters entering the sport since hunters pay for conservation and wildlife restoration. NWTF volunteers reach out to women, children and people with disabilities by providing outdoor recreational opportunities through our hunting heritage programs. If you would like to learn more about hosting an NWTF Hunting Heritage Programs event, click here. For more information on our Hunting Heritage programs, email us at


The NWTF started the JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) program as a way to give youth 12 years old and younger the chance to explore the outdoors through hundreds of fun, kids-only events called Porter Wagoner JAKES Conservation Field Days. JAKES members also receive a subscription to JAKES Magazine.

Click here to check out the JAKES website.

Xtreme JAKES

Xtreme JAKES provides opportunities and challenges more in line with older (13 to 17 years) youth abilities and experiences. Xtreme JAKES get to try cool activities such as mountain biking and kayaking, and learn advanced hunting techniques, plant and animal identification and wise stewardship of our natural resources.

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JAKES Take Aim

The goal of the JAKES Take Aim program is to present opportunities for youth age 17 and younger to try target shooting, clay target shooting and shotgunning in a safe, fun environment.

Click here to check out the JAKES Take Aim website.

Women in the Outdoors

The Women in the Outdoors program is home to a growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who take part in events hosted throughout the United States and Canada. Events are taught by expert instructors and a variety of classes are offered including fishing, hunting, outdoor cooking, crafts and so much more! Opportunities for beginner and advanced classes are available. Don't you think it's time to try something different? Women in the Outdoors members also receive a subscription to Turkey Country magazine.

Click here to check out the Women in the Outdoors Web site.

Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF

Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF helps people with disabilities enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and shooting through participating in Wheelin' Sportsmen events and by learning how to continue taking part in these activities independently. Wheelin' Sportsmen members also receive a subscription to Turkey Country magazine.

Click here to visit the Wheelin Sportsmen NWTF website.

Hunting Heritage Coordinator Resources

Access Hunting Heritage and JAKES Take Aim manuals, chapter support materials including sample letters, press releases, presentations, event models and various forms for JAKES, Wheelin' Sportsmen and Women in the Outdoors event coordinators.

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The NWTF believes education is the key to cultivating future stewards and support for the conservation of the wild turkey, our natural resources and the outdoor heritage we treasure. NWTF education resources, scholarships and museum programs are designed to educate and empower students of all ages while also equipping educators with the tools to teach conservation principles through the greatest wildlife conservation success story of all time - the return of the wild turkey!

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Families Afield

The NWTF has led the charge in promoting youth hunting opportunities and has teamed up with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and the National Shooting Sports Foundation to remove youth hunting barriers across the nation. While we've made progress through Families Afield, the job is far from done. For this reason, we've developed tools to help others understand the importance of Families Afield.

Click here for more information about Families Afield.

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