Super Fund Quick Facts

In Michigan:
Over $3,411,015 has been raised and spent by local chapters.
Spent $1,752,831 on habitat improvement projects.
Spent $557,659 on educational programs and literature.
Spent $43,070 on wild turkey management.
Spent $44,114 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives.
Spent $2,875 to trap and transfer turkeys within the state.

Welcome to the NWTF's Michigan State Chapter Web Site  

Message From Our President

"Welcome Spring"

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.

Tony Snyder
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)
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Michigan Quick Links

• NWTF Michigan Facebook Page

• DNR Wild Turkey Updates
• State Scholarship
• Wild Turkey Cooperator Patch
• Board Minutes
• Workshops
Calling Contest Winners
• State Convention
• Five-star Chapters
Photo Gallery
State Award Winners
• DNR Approved Turkey Feeder

• Wild Turkey Conservation in Michigan
• Michigan Chapter Forms
• State Turkey Records
Mi-HUNT - Where your hunt begins
• Contact Your Michigan Legislator
• Turkey Target - Pattern Your Shotgun for Turkeys


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.

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.

Stocking allows Michigan to once again talk turkey

When the first European settlers reached what is now Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, wild turkeys were fairly common. These large birds, native to North America, thrived in the mix of hardwood and conifer forests, open meadows, and marshes.

But with the new residents living off the land and turkeys providing a good source of food, and with no management and no conservation measures in place as land was cleared for farming, the long-term outlook for the species was not good....Read More.

Thornapple Valley Chapter Announces WITO Event

The NWTF Thornapple Valley chapter has announced a Women in the Outdoors Event to be held September 19 & 20 at Camp Michawana in Hastings.  For more information and registration form, click here.

Fall turkey applications due August 1

Turkey hunters can apply for a 2014 fall turkey hunting license through August 1.  Leftover licenses can be purchased starting August 18 for unsuccessful applicants, and August 25 for all hunters.  For more information on the fall season and application instructions, click here.

2015 Conservation Seed Order Form

The chapter order form for conservation seed is available in the "Chapter Forms" link in the "Michigan Quick Links" section of this site.  The deadline for chapters to order seed is December 1, 2014.  The form can also be accessed directly by clicking here.

Karsten back with NWTF

The NWTF is pleased to welcome Tom Karsten back to the organization as a regional director in Michigan. Karsten boasts nearly 15 years of prior regional director experience and is excited about resuming this role with the organization.

“Michigan is poised to do great things for the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative with its great NWTF committees, volunteers, partners and staff already in place.”

Karsten has long been dedicated to the mission of the NWTF. He was recognized by the NWTF Michigan State Chapter as the winner of the 1999 Wild Turkey Preservationist Award. In 2005, Karsten was an individual sponsor for the Ninth National Wild Turkey Symposium in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

During his time as a regional director, he created 19 new chapters and worked on many projects such as the Wheelin’ Sportsmen: Let’s ALL Fish Lake Michigan Disability Fishing Recruitment Project.

Karsten's contact information can be found at

Celebrate your spring turkey hunting experience with a cooperator patch

2014 wild turkey cooperator patchThe Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to celebrate their 2014 spring turkey hunting experience by purchasing a wild turkey cooperator patch. The Michigan chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), in partnership with the DNR, coordinates the wild turkey patch program. Proceeds from patch sales are used to fund wild turkey-related projects and management in Michigan.

Young hunters, 17 years old and younger, who have a valid wild turkey hunting license may receive a free patch. To receive a patch, please send name and complete address, along with a legible copy of the youth’s valid wild turkey hunting license, to National Wild Turkey Federation, Wild Turkey Patch Program, P.O. Box 8, Orleans, MI, 48865. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. If you have questions, please e-mail

Adult hunters, collectors and other interested individuals may purchase the patch for $5, including postage and handling. Only the current-year patch is available for purchase. You do not have to harvest a turkey to purchase a patch. Send orders to the address above and please make check or money order payable to the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The NWTF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the American wild turkey and the preservation of the hunting tradition. Each year the NWTF, working cooperatively with the DNR, contributes more than $300,000 to wild turkey and hunter heritage programs in Michigan. 

For more information about turkey hunting in Michigan, visit

Report your 2014 spring turkey hunting success

Now that the 2014 spring turkey hunting season is over, we need your help.  Please report your hunting activity on the Internet.  Information you provide will improve management and ensure that decisions regarding hunting seasons are based on the best information available.  Click here to take the online survey.

DIY turkey fan display: A cheap and easy option for hunters

So you’ve just dropped the hammer on a big ol’ boss tom. If you already have one or more turkeys mounted, adding to that ever-present stack of taxidermy bills for another splurge mount may not be the top priority on your budget list.

Yet you’d still like to honor the memory and striking beauty of the bird you just placed your tag on by displaying his elegant tail feathers on the wall of your den, garage, or workshop. I don’t blame you- a fan display can be an excellent alternative to getting a full mount at only a fraction of the cost....Read more.

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