NWTF California History

The National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973. At this time there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. Decades of hard work and dedication saw those numbers hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. What was the foundation for that success? We stand behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights.

Releasing wild turkeys
Releasing wild turkeys


Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners, we have had many successes that have advanced our mission. Together we have invested $488 million into wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America’s hunting heritage. Subsequently, we have improved more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introduced more than 100,000 people to the outdoors each year.


Since 1985 the California State Chapter has spent over $2.5 million on wild turkey restoration, conservation and hunting heritage projects. These projects have ranged from San Diego County to Modoc County. Together we have helped to impact over 280,000 acres of upland wildlife habitat in California. In the same way, we continue with the goal to create a better place for wildlife and hunters in the Golden State.

To find out more about how you can become a part of the NWTF team to help us Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. check out the My NWTF section from the menu at the top of the page.