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.
Grand Rapids Open Turkey Calling Competition
Hosted by The Grand Valley Chapter - NWTF
Saturday, March 22 ~ 5 PM
The competition will feature some of Michigan’s top callers as they compete for cash and prizes. Judges will include some of Michigan’s best known writers and call manufacturers. Top finalists from the competition will be eligible to compete in the National Calling Competition. Click here to download the calling contest flyer.
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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.
2013 Michigan NWTF Youth Hunt Video
A video of the Spring 2013 NWTF Sponsored Youth Hunt is now available for your viewing pleasure.
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.
Humphries Appointed as NWTF Executive VP of Conservation
Becky Humphries joins the National Wild Turkey Federation as the Executive Vice President of Conservation. Humphries, a respected expert in wildlife and habitat conservation, will oversee the NWTF's conservation efforts and its expanding team of wildlife biologists....Read More.
Report Your Fall Turkey Hunting
The DNR is asking fall turkey hunters to fill out a short survey to report their hunting success. ...Click here to go to the survey.
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.