Iowa NWTF Hunting Heritage State Super Fund Projects

Numbers updated in May of 2012

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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 $5,108,022 has been raised and spent by Iowa chapters on projects within the state. A sampling of these projects is provided below.

Habitat Enhancement

Spent $314,087 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 15,303 acres within the state.

  • 568 acres of wildlife openings
  • 17 acres prescribed burning

Purchased equipment for habitat management including:

  • 1 trailer
  • equipment for prescribed burning
  • 1 tractor
  • 1 plow
  • 17 drills
  • 2 disk/harrows
  • 7 planters
  • 2 mowers

Projects were completed on:

  • Big Hollow Creek Wildlife Recreation Area
  • Big Sioux River Wildlife Area
  • Boone Forks Wildlife Area
  • Holst Forest
  • Shimek State Forest
  • Smith Wildlife Area
  • Stephens State Forest
  • Sweet Marsh East Wildlife Area


Spent $261,449 on educational programs and literature including scholarships, education boxes, 4-H and teacher workshops.

  • Awarded 336 scholarships
  • Donated more than 595 education boxes to area schools

Spent $68,232 on educational projects for volunteers and professionals including:

  • Volunteer leadership workshops
  • Wild Turkey Woodlands field days
  • State web sites and newsletters
  • Purchased 255 educational CD-ROMs


Spent $102,086 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting. Sponsored 271 JAKES Conservation Field Days throughout the state.

Hunting Heritage

Spent $81,291 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 $7,067 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives within the state. Purchased hunter safety materials and equipment, including interactive shooting systems.

Turkey Restoration

Spent $1,860 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 $55,948 on programs, materials and equipment to introduce women to the outdoors, hunting and conservation. Conducted 123 Women in the Outdoors events throughout the state.


Spent $11,977 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 $1,392,060 to purchase 17,254 acres of land or conservation easements to preserve wildlife habitat and provide additional hunting areas. So far, the $2,537,487 received as replacement costs for shipping wild turkeys out of state has been used to purchase 5,975 acres of land open for public hunting.

Wheelin’ Sportsmen

Spent $5,150 to provide opportunities for the disabled to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation. Conducted 17 Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.


Spent $206,091 on other projects including organizational dues, travel expenses to professional meetings, special NWTF projects, and chapter rebates.