Message From Our President
Hello NWTF Family! It sure is nice to see winter finally leaving. I want to thank everybody for their efforts during the banquet season. I also want to thank you for your cooperation as we transition with NWTF staff. I know there have been some challenges, and the hard work you volunteers put forth does make a difference. It is people like you that love people, our natural resources and our hunting heritage, that are making a difference in other's lives.
As we move into the spring, everybody is ready to hear that big Tom gobble. There are several workshops listed here on the web site, be sure to check them out. Don't forget to get a youth hunter out, there are license packages that make it easier to take a new or beginning turkey hunter out for the first time. Our youth are the future of conservation and habitat. Take that step and SAVE THE HABITAT - SAVE THE HUNT. God Bless you and have a wonderful and safe spring turkey season.
President, NWTF Michigan State Chapter
Find out more information about NWTF's "Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt." initiative by clicking above.
Brief overview video (4:52)
Michigan Quick Links
2013 Michigan NWTF Fort Custer Youth Hunt
Watch a video of last year's youth turkey hunt at Fort Custer. Click here for video.
Wild turkeys carve out place in Michigan
Rives Township, Mich. — The wild turkey’s comeback in Michigan has some crowing, but it’s also ruffling a few feathers.
The sometimes noisy birds are plentiful throughout the state and hunters bag about 40,000 a year. That’s quite the turnaround for the state. By the early 1900s, gobblers and hens had been wiped out by habitat loss and unregulated hunting.
“We went from having lots of wild turkeys to zero turkeys by the turn of the century,” said Al Stewart, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources upland game bird specialist. “Michigan wasn’t alone in this decline of wild turkeys. It was one of the later states to lose their birds.”
Efforts to restore Michigan’s wild turkey population have been so successful, the bird’s numbers have reached an estimated 200,000. To control the number of birds, the state has two hunting seasons annually. The fall season ended Nov. 14.
The return of the birds, which average 20 pounds and can grow up to 4 feet long, has not been welcome by everyone. ...Read more.
Trap-and-transfer effort boosts northern Michigan turkey population
When Michigan began rebuilding its wild turkey population in the 1950s, Allegan County was the center of the effort. Birds were brought in from Pennsylvania and were released there. But as the population grew and expansion became a possibility, Michigan wildlife managers began looking north. ...Read More.
Gourmet Gone Wild brings conservation to the table
The chafing trays are labeled with dishes that you won't ordinarily see at happy hour: Tuscan venison meatballs, wild turkey mole', and cedar-planked steelhead. Welcome to Gourmet Gone Wild, a cooperative program designed to give young urban professionals a taste of the wild side of food. ...Read More.
Conservation Seed Pickup
Pre-ordered conservation seed is available for pickup starting Saturday, April 12, 9:00-3:00. There is a new location for the seed pickup this year. Seed will be available through Ryan Longanbach, 371 S. Osborn Rd., Sumner, MI 48889. If seed cannot be picked up on the 12th, contact Ryan at 989 763-1051 or email@example.com to make arrangements. Seed orders must be picked up by June 1. Click here for directions.
Wild Turkey Conservation In Michigan
The winter of 2013-14 will go down in history as one of the worst for wildlife in Michigan history. Click here to find out what you can do to help.
2014 Spring turkey workshops
The DNR and Michigan NWTF have just released the dates for the 2014 Spring Turkey Workshops ...Click here for dates and locations.
Turkey target - pattern your shotgun for turkeys
Getting ready for the spring hunt? ...Click here for a turkey target and safety tips for turkey hunting.
Wild turkeys make history in Michigan!
Spring is just around the corner, and folks are thinking about the coming turkey season, but did you know how far Michigan has really come in the turkey world?
For the first time in history, wild turkeys can be found in every county of the Lower Peninsula plus several areas of the Upper Peninsula. In 1977, only 400 birds were harvested during the season, and today harvest numbers are over 30,000 birds! This success didn't just happen overnight, but over the last half-century. ...Read More.
Spring turkey application results
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters to check their spring turkey drawing results and the availability of leftover licenses, now online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.
Leftover spring turkey licenses go on sale to unsuccessful license applicants at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10. Licenses go on sale to all other hunters, including those who did not participate in the application process, at 10 a.m. Monday, March 17. Leftover licenses will be sold until quotas are met.
"Hunters looking for the greatest flexibility may wish to purchase a Hunt 234 license, which will be available March 17 at 10 a.m.," said DNR upland game bird specialist Al Stewart. "The Hunt 234 license is valid from May 5-31 and includes all open areas of the state except the public lands of southern Michigan. New this year, hunters may purchase Hunt 234 through May 31.”
Hunting licenses can be purchased online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. Hunters may purchase only one spring turkey license in a season.
In 2013, Michigan hunters harvested more than 30,000 turkeys, making Michigan one of the top seven turkey-hunting states in the country. In addition, opinion surveys show the majority of hunters were satisfied with their spring turkey hunting experience.
Information about spring turkey hunting can be found on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/turkey.
2014 Michigan NWTF State Convention
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Now Available, 2014 Wild Turkey Management Cooperator Patches
The newly released 2014 patches are now available for purchase. ...Click here for details and ordering information.
Road Tripping for Turkeys: Planning Your 2014 Spring Hunts
Short of a thunderous gobble on the roost, nothing gets a spring gobbler hunter’s thoughts racing more than the words “road trip.” ...Read More.