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Illinois NWTF Hunting Heritage State Super Fund Projects

Numbers updated in May of 2012

View NWTF successes in Illinois and the challenges the state faces.

Administered jointly by the NWTF, its state chapters and state wildlife agencies, the Hunting Heritage Super Fund is used for projects that support the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of the hunting tradition. Nationally, NWTF chapters and cooperating partners have raised and spent more than $412 million for wild turkey conservation. Since 1985 over $3,728,490 has been raised and spent by Illinois chapters on projects within the state. A sampling of these projects is provided below.

Habitat Enhancement

Spent $1,032,747 on habitat improvement projects.

  • maintenance and development of brood habitat
  • wildlife openings
  • prescribed fire
  • tree planting
  • riparian restoration
  • water development projects
  • control of invasive plant species
  • support for seed subsidy and conservation seed programs

Habitat enhancement projects have impacted more than 82,490 acres within the state.

  • 5,269 acres of wildlife openings
  • 8,000 acres prescribed burning

Purchased equipment for habitat management including:

  • 25 trailers
  • equipment for prescribed burning
  • 2 tillers
  • 3 rotary mowers
  • 15 herbicide sprayers
  • 3 cultivators
  • 3 root plows
  • 4 seeders
  • 7 spreaders
  • 67 planters
  • 2 broadcasters
  • 2 tractors
  • 27 grain drills
  • 23 disks/harrows

Projects were completed on:

  • Carlyle Lake WMA
  • Chain O'Lakes State Park
  • Crawford Co. FWA
  • Cypress Pond SNA
  • Ferne Clyffe State Park
  • Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA
  • Kaskaskia River WMA
  • Mazonia FWA
  • Pyramid State Park
  • Ray Norbut FWA
  • Redwing Slough/Deer Lake SNA
  • Shawnee National Forest
  • Silver Springs State Park
  • Trail of Tears State Forest


Spent $667,208 on educational programs and literature including scholarships, education boxes, 4-H and teacher workshops.

  • Awarded 720 scholarships
  • Donated more than 2,860 education boxes to area schools

Spent $164,747 on educational projects for volunteers and professionals including:

  • Volunteer leadership workshops
  • Wild Turkey Woodlands field days
  • State web sites and newsletters
  • Purchased 214 educational CD-ROMs


Spent $253,363 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting. Sponsored 470 JAKES Conservation Field Days throughout the state.

Hunting Heritage

Spent $312,638 to protect and promote the hunting tradition including contributions to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Hunter Safety

Spent $125,784 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives within the state. Purchased hunter safety materials and equipment, including interactive shooting systems.

Turkey Restoration

Spent $50,050 to trap and transfer turkeys within the state. Expenses include the purchase of trapping equipment such as nets, rockets and rocket charges.

Women’s Programs

Spent $71,485 on programs, materials and equipment to introduce women to the outdoors, hunting and conservation. Conducted 167 Women in the Outdoors events throughout the state.


Spent $14,691 to protect wild turkeys and other wildlife through support of state sponsored reward programs, the printing of reward signs and reward payments.


Spent $79,346 on wild turkey management.

  • operation of wild turkey check stations
  • hunter success and satisfaction surveys
  • completion of wild turkey management plans
  • support of law enforcement activities

Purchased equipment to support law enforcement and management activities including:

  • ATV’s
  • weight scales for check stations
  • survey/surveillance cameras
  • gates to limit vehicular access

Land Purchase

Spent $221,850 to purchase 10,503 acres of land or conservation easements to preserve wildlife habitat and provide additional hunting areas.


Spent $6,162 on wild turkey research. Purchased equipment related to research such as radio telemetry equipment.

Wheelin’ Sportsmen

Spent $29,327 to provide opportunities for the disabled to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation. Conducted 15 Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.


Spent $317,193 on other projects including organizational dues, travel expenses to professional meetings, special NWTF projects, and chapter rebates.


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