NWTF – Iowa Save the Hunt Plan


NWTF – Iowa Save the Hunt Plan

Objective:  Create 20,000 hunters over the next 10 years


  1. Work with state agency, non-governmental organizations, county conservation boards and other conservation groups throughout the state.
  2. Work with NWTF Chapters to implement tactics through state and local events.
  3. Develop a tracking system for Jakes and prospective Hunters.
  4. Increase access to areas for hunting.
  5. Publicize all initiatives, goals and accomplishments to maximize public support.
  6. Proactively target corporate, private and government funding/funding match/grants dollars to support outreach and educational initiative programs.


1. Recruitment:

     a. Challenge each active NWTF chapter to host a minimum of one hunt per year for new hunters.

     b. Encourage NWTF chapters to cultivate relationships with non-governmental organizations, county conservation boards, and other conservation organizations to cross-promote events, programs, activities, skills, and resources.

     c. Continue working to support accredited shooting programs in all levels of education as well as extracurricular programs.

     d. Support legislation that removes barriers to hunting opportunities, such as the “Apprentice License”.

2. Retention:

     a. Develop a program to involve multiple conservation organizations in a year-long program to provide repetitive skill-building clinics, opportunities to hunt, and a network of social support. 

     b. Encourage NWTF members to become hunter education instructions and mentors.  Record all class participants and report them to NWTF.

     c. Perform marketing and outreach efforts to increase public awareness of the opportunities in Iowa for outdoor recreation with a focus on hunting and shooting sports.

     d. Support new programs to provide more “next step” or “advanced hunter education” program including but not limited to bowhunting education; fur harvester education; species specific seminars, and wingshooting education clinics. 

     e. Establish relationships with hunt clubs to create mentored hunt opportunities.

3. Re-Engagement:

     a. Explore ways to encourage lapsed hunters to get into hunting again, perhaps by mentoring others with the skills they have learned over the years.

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