Texas 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 $6,110,595 has been raised and spent by Texas chapters on projects within the state. A sampling of these projects is provided below.

Habitat Enhancement

Spent $631,040 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 15,853 acres within the state.

  • 2,486 acres of wildlife openings

Purchased equipment for habitat management including:

  • 8 trailers
  • 1 tractor
  • 2 mowers
  • 4 disks/harrows
  • 1 planter
  • equipment for prescribed burning

Projects were completed on:

  • Alabama Creek WMA
  • Alazan Bayou WMA
  • Angelina National Forest
  • Caddo National Grasslands
  • Clements Scout Ranch
  • Davey Crockett National Forest
  • Gene Howe WMA
  • Gus Engeling WMA
  • LBJ National Grasslands
  • Matador WMA
  • Sabine National Forest
  • Sam Houston National Forest
  • South Llano River State Park

Education

Spent $452,795 on educational programs and literature including scholarships, education boxes, 4-H and teacher workshops.

  • Awarded 293 scholarships
  • Donated more than 1,658 education boxes to area schools

Spent $163,196 on educational projects for volunteers and professionals including:

  • Volunteer leadership workshops
  • Wild Turkey Woodlands field days
  • State web sites and newsletters
  • Purchased 355 educational CD-ROMs

JAKES

Spent $167,591 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting. Sponsored 167 JAKES Conservation Field Days throughout the state.

Hunting Heritage

Spent $108,100 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 $33,996 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives within the state. Purchased hunter safety materials and equipment, including interactive shooting systems.

Turkey Restoration

Spent $114,368 to trap and transfer turkeys within the state. Expenses include the purchase of trapping equipment such as nets, rockets and rocket charges. Spent $3,695,264 to reimburse other states for expenses related to the trap and transfer of 6,936 donated turkeys.

Women’s Programs

Spent $77,310 on programs, materials and equipment to introduce women to the outdoors, hunting and conservation. Conducted 132 Women in the Outdoors events throughout the state.

Rewards

Spent $22,153 to protect wild turkeys and other wildlife through support of state sponsored reward programs, the printing of reward signs and reward payments.

Management

Spent $18,305 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

Research

Spent $90,337 on wild turkey research. Purchased equipment related to research such as radio telemetry equipment.

Wheelin’ Sportsmen

Spent $27,350 to provide opportunities for the disabled to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation. Conducted 41 Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.

Other

Spent $434,014 on other projects including organizational dues, travel expenses to professional meetings, special NWTF projects, and chapter rebates.