Chapter Growth and Development

Chapter Guide

Welcome And Congratulations

By expressing your interest in helping start or manage a local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation you have also indicated your commitment to support wildlife habitat conservation and pass hunting traditions on to future generations. We thank you for the commitment to our mission.

Our Vision

More habitat, more wild turkeys, more places to hunt

Our Mission

The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

Our History – North America’s Greatest Conservation Success Story

Founded in 1973, the NWTF is the owner of what many believe is North America’s greatest conservation success story, the restoration of the wild turkey. Wild turkeys were on the brink of extinction in the early 1900s, having faced decades of habitat destruction and over harvest. As late as the Great Depression, fewer than 30,000 wild turkeys remained in the United States. A group of dedicated hunters helped change that trend, and hundreds of thousands of NWTF volunteers and members followed suit. Today, there are 6.5 million wild turkeys across this continent. In 1973, 22 states had turkey seasons. Forty years later turkey seasons can be found in 49 states, Canada and Mexico. Thanks to the NWTF and its partners, we all have the opportunity to enjoy pursuing wild turkeys.As an added benefit, countless other wildlife dependent upon the same critical upland habitat have also thrived.

The NWTF success story is a powerful one. Over its first 40 years this organization has conserved over 17 million acres of upland habitat, investing over $400 million generated through membership dues, chapter-run Hunting Heritage Banquets and partnerships.

Our Future – Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

Built upon this foundation of success, the NWTF now embarks on an even greater challenge than the restoration of the wild turkey with its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. The future of hunting and wildlife conservation depend on this organization’s ability to conserve or enhance 4 million acres of the most critical upland habitat, create 1.5 million hunters and open an additional 500,000 acres to public hunting. Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. will be North America’s next greatest conservation success story, and you are helping make that possible.

A Successful Hunting Heritage Banquet →