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Our Impact

Hunters and conservationists work as one to achieve deep-rooted, long-lasting goals.

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The Greatest Conservation Success Story

When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of dedicated work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys—an accomplishment considered by many to be of the greatest success stories in wildlife conservation. The foundation of our success? Standing behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights.

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners, we have had many successes that advanced our mission. Together, we have facilitated the investment of more than half a billion dollars in wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America’s hunting heritage. Our returns have included improving more than 20 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year.


The NWTF has provided the foundation for wild turkey conservation.

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Hunting Heritage

Hunters and recreational shooters fund wildlife and natural resource conservation.

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By the Numbers

Get an in-depth look at our conservation successes to date with updated stats, reports and more.

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America's Big Six

Conservation experts identified regions across the country with similar conservation needs.

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Government Affairs

The NWTF advocates for conservation and hunting heritage from the local to the federal levels.

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Highlighting Major Accomplishments

A wide-angle view of the profound impact our conservation efforts have across the landscape.

22+ Mil Acres

Conserved or Enhanced (Since 1973)

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$500+ Mil

Invested in the Mission (Since 1973)

pine forest

5.2+ Mil Acres

Conserved of Enhanced (Since 2012)

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1.5+ Mil Hunters

Recruited or Retained (Since 2012)

hardwood forest

700K+ Acres

Opened for Hunting (Since 2012)

NWTF policy and advocacy

200+ Policies

Influenced Annually (State and Federal)

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NWTF Success Stories
  • Grounded in Science, Energized by Research

    Jan 31, 2022

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  • field edge of a pine forest with stacks of trees that have been removed for fire mitigation

    Building Partnerships and Resilient Forests

    Oct 15, 2021

    ○ 3 min

  • wild turkey

    An American Conservation Icon

    Jul 04, 2021

    ○ 2 min

  • poult and hen turkey

    NWTF Announces Funding for New Wild Turkey Research Projects

    Jun 07, 2022

    ○ 3 min

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