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Gould’s Revival: a Chasing 49 film

The National Wild Turkey Federation is proud to announce the release of “Gould’s Revival”, a film on the reintroduction of the Gould’s subspecies to the sky islands of Arizona.

Chasing 49 August 30, 20221 min read

The Gould’s subspecies is the least known of the five subspecies in the US. Gould’s were believed extirpated from Arizona by 1929. Through the efforts of Arizona Game and Fish, the US Forest Service, the Centro Ecologico de Sonora, the NWTF, and a variety of other partners, the Gould’s has made a comeback to the sky islands of Arizona.

With original transplants coming from Mexico in the 1980s, the Gould’s restoration story embodies the spirit of conservation and ingenuity that we need in today’s climate. Despite tremendous obstacles, the program has been a resounding success due to the hard work of state and federal agencies, NWTF volunteers and private citizens.

With a production schedule that took the Chasing 49 team from the desert mountains of Chihuahua and Sonora Mexico to the remote sky islands of southeastern Arizona, Gould’s Revival is the story of persistence and personal sacrifice.

Special assistance from executive producer Jay Scott and his team at Gould's Turkey Hunt helped this story be told in a way no Gould’s story has been told before.

We would also like to extent a special thanks to Arizona Game and Fish for their contributions to this film and their tireless work on the Gould’s restoration project.

It is our hope that you enjoy the film and that the men and women who made this project such a resounding success inspire you.

Filed Under:
  • Healthy Habitats
  • Healthy Harvests
  • Wild Turkey Research
  • Wildlife Management