NWTF-Wisconsin Participates in TV Special About Wild Turkeys


EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The Wisconsin State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage, recently took part in the one-hour TV special "Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin" that is set to air this April.

The program, hosted by Outdoor Wisconsin's Dan Small and produced by the Outdoor Heritage Education Center, explores the history and biology of the wild turkey, with emphasis on the restoration and management of the birds in Wisconsin.

"Projects like this [Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin] are important to the NWTF," said Rick Horton, NWTF regional biologist for Wisconsin. "We want the general public to not only appreciate our wildlife, but also get a better understanding of how the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation continues to drive conservation efforts in our state and across the country." 

Throughout the program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and NWTF staff discuss turkey population dynamics, the economic impact of wild turkeys, hunting opportunities, harvest data, habitat management, a hunter's role in conservation, urban and suburban turkeys and other related topics.

"The wild turkey is a magnificent bird," said OHEC founder Mark LaBarbera. "The abundance of wild turkeys today throughout Wisconsin is a testament to the success of conservation, professional wildlife management and the restoration of a species that was absent from our landscape as recently as the 1970s. Our goal in this program is to help viewers understand the challenges and rewards of maintaining healthy wild turkey populations."

Funding for the production was provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources through the turkey stamp program, with additional support from the National Wild Turkey Federation and Hunting Works for Wisconsin.

"Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin" will debut on Milwaukee Public Television at 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, and will air on the following stations and networks:

Milwaukee Public Television 10.1
Thursday, April 7, 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.

WMSN Fox 47, Madison
Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m.

FOX Sports North
Friday, April 8, 10:30 p.m. (or immediately following postgame)
Saturday, April 9, 5 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Friday, April 15, 3 p.m.

FOX Sports Wisconsin
Friday, April 8, 10:30 p.m. (or immediately following postgame)
Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m.
Sunday, April 10, 5 a.m.
Friday, April 15, 3 p.m.

Wisconsin Public Television
(Statewide via Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Menomonie/Eau Claire, Park Falls and Wausau)
Monday, April 25, 8 p.m.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through dynamic partnerships with state and federal wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, improving more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. The NWTF was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C. According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history.  To learn more, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.

For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698.

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