Our State Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. Goals

NWTF Illinois will conserve or enhance 65,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the next decade.
NWTF Illinois will recruit 55,000 hunters in the state over the next 10 years.
NWTF Illinois will improve public access to 2,000 more acres of hunting ground in the next decade.
  • NWTF Illinois works to improve the quality of its forested lands and is actively seeking opportunities to restored additional acres to quality forest habitat.
  • Only 3 percent of Illinois is publicly accessible. NWTF Illinois understands the need to open more acres for public hunting as they work to grow hunter numbers.
  • NWTF Illinois recruits hunters through mentored hunting events. The state is also committed to firearm safety.

At the National Wild Turkey Federation, the outdoors isn’t just what’s on the other side of the glass, it’s where we feel most alive. And we’re making America the best it can be for the people and wildlife who call it home. The NWTF has divided the country in six areas — America’s Big Six of Wildlife Conservation — to focus our effort on the most critical wildlife habitat needs.  

Illinois is part of America’s Crossroads. NWTF Illinois is committed to improve water quality and forest health and restore grasslands.

Learn more about America's Big Six of Wildlife Conservation

Team Illinois


John Burk
District Biologist
(573) 676-5994
Stacy Lindemann
Chase Seals
District Forester
Jared McJunkin
Director of Conservation Operations - Central
(785) 844-1055
Tom Spezze
National Director of Field Conservation
Cindy Spillman
Regional Director
(618) 586-5191
Jeffrey Ravenscraft
Regional Director
(309) 337-0188
Phil Ferrare
Director of Field Operations - Northeast
(814) 796-6983
Barry Woods
National Director of Event Fundraising
(620) 417-0692

Technical Committee

Luke Garver
Wild Turkey Program Leader


Heath Jordan
Sate the Hunt Coordinator

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