Kentucky 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 $2,253,754 has been raised and spent by Kentucky chapters on projects within the state. A sampling of these projects is provided below.

Habitat Enhancement

Spent $542,051 on habitat improvement projects.

  • maintenance and development of brood habitat
  • wildlife openings
  • prescribed fire
  • ree 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 326,117 acres within the state.

  • 200,248 acres of wildlife openings
  • 200 acres of prescribed burning

Purchased equipment for habitat management including:

  • 1 tractor
  • 6 mowers
  • 13 seeders
  • 7 spreaders
  • 9 disks/harrows
  • 1 plow
  • 4 herbicide sprayers
  • 6 grain drills
  • 3 tillers
  • 2 cultipackers
  • 1 feeder
  • 2 planters

Projects were completed on:

  • Bernheim Forest
  • Clarks NWR
  • Cumberland Lake WMA
  • Cyprus/Amax WMA
  • Daniel Boone National Forest
  • Dewey Lake WMA
  • Doug Travis WMA
  • Grayson Lake WMA
  • Green River WMA
  • Northeast Kentucky Game and Fish Club
  • Kentucky River WMA
  • Kleber WMA
  • Land Between the Lakes
  • Lapland WMA
  • Peabody WMA
  • Sloughs WA
  • Taylorsville Lake WMA
  • Westvaco WMA
  • Yatesville Lake WA
  • Yellowbank WA


Spent $621,389 on educational programs and literature including scholarships, education boxes, 4-H and teacher workshops.

  • Awarded 713 scholarships
  • Donated more than 991 education boxes to area schools

Spent $34,257 on educational projects for volunteers and professionals including:

  • Volunteer leadership workshops
  • Wild Turkey Woodlands field days
  • State web sites and newsletters
  • Purchased 700 educational CD-ROMs


Spent $321,907 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting. Sponsored 681 JAKES Conservation Field Days throughout the state.

Hunting Heritage

Spent $101,450 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 $2,783 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives within the state. Purchased hunter safety materials and equipment, including interactive shooting systems.

Turkey Restoration

Spent $270 to trap and transfer turkeys within the state. Expenses include the purchase of trapping equipment such as nets, rockets and rocket charges. Spent $102,500 to reimburse other states for expenses related to the trap and transfer of 200 donated turkeys.

Women’s Programs

Spent $49,709 on programs, materials and equipment to introduce women to the outdoors, hunting and conservation. Conducted 119 Women in the Outdoors events throughout the state.


Spent $45,683 to protect wild turkeys and other wildlife through support of state sponsored reward programs, the printing of reward signs and reward payments.


Spent $19,438 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 $40,000 to purchase 800 acres of land or conservation easements to preserve wildlife habitat and provide additional hunting areas.


Spent $23,785 on wild turkey research. Purchased equipment related to research such as radio telemetry equipment.

Wheelin’ Sportsmen

Spent $43,017 to provide opportunities for the disabled to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation. Conducted 87 Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.


Spent $139,699 on other projects including organizational dues, travel expenses to professional meetings, special NWTF projects, and chapter rebates.