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Protecting Our Hunting Heritage

Dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

A fierce commitment to preserving our hunting traditions is one of two key principles that guides the work of the NWTF and its volunteers. Outlined in the organization's mission statement above, it has helped the Federation a driving force in the protection of one of North America's richest and most treasured traditions.

So how does a 450,000-member wild turkey organization become such a power throughout the hunting world? A short list follows:

  • The Federation's outreach programs — JAKES, Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen — reach hundreds of thousands of children, women and the disabled across the U.S. and Canada, groups that have traditionally been overlooked by much of the hunting community. Thousands of events introduce or create opportunities for these audiences to experience first-hand the thrill of the outdoors and hunting.

  • Through the NWTF Hunting Heritage Fund, has contributed or pledged nearly $2.5 million to the U.S. Sportsman's Alliance, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation to support their legislative and educational efforts to defend and promote the rights of hunters and shooters across the country.

  • Promotes the positive aspects of hunting in its five publications and two television programs.

  • Has awarded $746,075 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors with an interest in hunting and a desire to continue their educations at a university or college.

  • Annually presents the Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award to a leader in the world of hunting who has made it a lifetime commitment through their career and their volunteer work to promote and share with others a love for hunting.

These are just a few of the ways the NWTF and its volunteers have stepped forward to defend and promote a heritage that is as much a part of American history as the establishment of the first colonial settlements and the defense of the free world centuries later. It was a nation of hunters that explored and settled this country and hunters that ultimately saved and continue to conserve the wildlife and the rest of our natural resources. The Federation and its members are proud of the role they play in this history.




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