OKLAHOMA — At a recent meeting of the NWTF Oklahoma State Chapter’s board of directors, funding was allocated to assist Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in the acquisition of a nearly 1,400-acre property located in Osage County, Oklahoma.
“We are very pleased to help ODWC with acquisition of this prime habitat parcel for wild turkeys and deer,” said O. D. Curry, president of Oklahoma NWTF State Chapter. “The fact that it is located in the Flint Hills Focal Landscape, a strategic area identified by the NWTF in Oklahoma, makes this tract even more special.”
Located adjacent to the already existing Osage Western Wall WMA, the newly acquired property brings total accessible acreage of the WMA to well more than 7,000 acres of prime habitat for wild turkeys, deer and numerous other wildlife species.
The property is characterized by nearly two miles of access to Pond Creek, a mix of prairie and timber, seven ponds and newly constructed fences.
“The department is very grateful for this $40,000 contribution from Oklahoma State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation in keeping with our long term partnership to provide quality public hunting lands for sportsmen," said Alan Peoples, ODWC chief of wildlife. “Undoubtedly, Pond Creek is one of the premier pieces of wildlife habitat in the northeast region.”
This is the sixth contribution to the ODWC for WMA land acquisition since 2008, bringing funding totals provided by the NWTF Oklahoma State Chapter to $240,000.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
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