2021 NWTF Oklahoma Deer Conference and Expo

The Oklahoma NWTF, in partnership with the ODWC, is proud to present the 2021 NWTF Oklahoma Deer Conference and Expo. Scheduled for July 31st at the Reed Center in Mid-West City, OK. New hunters seeking to learn to hunt often rely on social media for guidance. Sadly, Social Media (Facebook, etc.) provides inaccurate, misguided, often illegal information and falls short of filling the gap between knowledge being pursued and knowledge being provided.

The goal of the Deer Conference is to provide attending hunters with evidenced based hunting tactics and strategies. In the opening session industry thought leaders will discuss topics of interest to all attendees followed by breakout session options lead by subject matter experts. Every aspect of the event is designed to be informative, educational, user friendly and fun.

Registration is now open at  https://your.nwtf.org/events/my_events/index.php?action=preview_event&event_id=OTMwNg . Or you can go to nwtf.org go to the events page and search Oklahoma Events to find the event.

Early Bird Registration – before July 5th – gets you in a special drawing for a Vortex Red Dot!

The event is limited to 300 attendees so early registration is recommended to ensure you seat. Each attendee can pick up to three (3) Breakout Session to attend. Picking your breakout session upon registration helps us ensure we a seat reserved for you in the session.

Attendees can attend up to three (3) breakout sessions led by subject matter experts. Sessions include;

Introduction to Deer Hunting – 3 Breakout sessions scheduled

An overview of deer hunting basics, including the best time(s) of day to hunt and why, basic scent control, essential gear hunters need vs. nice to haves, camo, calls, etc.

Introduction to Bow Hunting – 3 Breakout sessions scheduled

Learn about bow hunting basics, including bow selection (compounds, cross bows, traditional, recurve), an overview of bow set up, scent control, importance of practice, archery shot placement, sighting in your bow and other considerations for success in the field.

Introduction to Rifle Hunting – 3 Breakout sessions scheduled

Learn rifle hunting basics, including rifle selection, caliber, bullet selection, rifle optics, sighting in and gun care.

Deer Hunting Regulations in Oklahoma – 3 Breakout sessions scheduled

Learn from an Oklahoma Game Warden about Oklahoma deer hunting regulations including hunter ethics and responsibilities. The overview of deer hunting regulations will include using the gooutdoorOK ap, checking in game, operation game thief and more.

Deer Biology and behavior – 3 Breakout sessions scheduled

ODWC Big Game Biologist Dallas Barber will discuss interesting and informative facts about a deer’s life cycle, what they eat, drink, and where they bed and feed. The discussion will include deer activity and how hunters can take advantage of the pre rut, the rut, and the post rut phases.

Shot Placement, tracking after the shot – 3 Breakout sessions scheduled

Learn shot placement for both archery and gun hunting, what to do after the shot, sight/blood tracking, using a dog and more.

Scouting and Stand Placement  3 Breakout sessions scheduled

This session will cover such informative subjects as reading topography (on line, in the field, or App) maps, using the, terrain,  wind and habitat features to optimize stand locations, which stand to select (tree stands, ground blinds, saddles) and spot & stalk. Tree stand safety, utilizing trail cams will also be covered.

Field to fork, Game Care – 2 Breakout sessions scheduled

Learn best practices taking your harvest from the field to the fork. Proper care of you harvest begins in the field with proper field dressing, processing and preparation for the cooking process. Tips and cooking tactics will guide the attendees to mouthwatering dishes fit for a king.

Finding a place to hunt – 2 Breakout sessions scheduled

Learn about how to find and access WMA land, OLAP land, Control Hunt Draw process, Private leases, Day Hunts, Outfitters, and asking permission to hunt private land. Public land hunter Safety and ethics will also be covered.

Introduction to Muzzle Loader Hunting 1 Breakout sessions scheduled

Learn the basics of muzzleloader hunting, Including selection of Muzzle loader, load selection, sighting in, public land opportunities.

Women in the Outdoors               1 Breakout session scheduled

The session will be lady hunter centric and discuss challenges specific to lady hunters. The session will cover tactics designed to help women seeking outdoor adventures and quality time with family and friends.

Wheeling Sportsman Session     1 Breakout session scheduled

This session will aid mobility challenged hunters better understand how to remove barriers to better enjoy their outdoor and hunting activities.

Panel Discussion – Avoid Common Mistakes & Q&A with deer hunting experts  1 Breakout sessions scheduled

This session will be led by a diverse panel and will help hunters learn how to avoid common mistakes and have an opportunity ask questions in the open session with a panel of deer hunting experts.

Sponsorships and vendor tables are available for this event that will show your company’s support to the new hunters in a unique day not offered in other events. For sponsor or expo style vendor table information and booking please contact us at rick@nolanoutdoors.com.

Oklahoma State Board of Directors Adds 5 New Positions on the Board

Did you know that the affairs of the Oklahoma NWTF are directed by the Oklahoma NWTF State Board of Directors (Board)? Many of the statewide NWTF activities are planned and or supported by your Board of Directors. The Board is made up of dedicated NWTF volunteer members from around the state and serves to advance the mission of the NWTF – Safe the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
Each year the Board solicits interested NWTF members who share the passion of the NWTF to apply for one of the open Board positions. Board members serve a three (3) year term and start their term in September.
The Board recently voted to expand the number of the Board members starting in FY2022 from 13 to 18, adding 5 new Board positions next fiscal year. With two recent retirements from the Board and 3 seats up for reelection, there will be 10 positions open during the Board elections at the end of FY 2021.
The deadline for presenting your completed application is April 3, 2021.
To apply, you will need to be nominated by your local chapter. To obtain a copy of the Oklahoma State Board of Directors Nomination Forms please email Chad Parkey (chad@parkeyservicesllc.com), David Daniels (ouhue@hotmail.com) Lynn Hagerman (lynnchagerman@gmail.com) or Rick Nolan (rick@nolanoutdoors.com) . Complete the requested forms and submit with a short Bio telling about yourself and why you would like to be on the board. The forms also outline the need to have the signature of five NWTF members in good standing.
Should you have additional questions or require further information please feel free to contact the nominations committee of any current State Board member. Good luck and we look forward to working with you. Thanks for supporting the NWTF.

Did you take someone new hunting this year?

If so, click HERE to take the mentor pledge and report your hunt. You will be entered into a drawing to win a Deer Hunting package that includes a YETI, Deer targets, box of ammo, deer calls, cap/vest and a camo bag. Drawing will be held on January 31, 2021 so there is still time to report your hunt. Good Luck and thanks to you all for passing on our tradition.

Welcome to the Oklahoma State Chapter of the NWTF!

President’s Welcome

On behalf of the Oklahoma NWTF State Chapter Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website.

We believe in the conservation of the North American Wild Turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. That is our motto; however, we are about more than turkeys. We are committed to raising dollars for wildlife habitat restoration and enhancement, as well as the recruitment of new hunters.

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 a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners.

The mission of the National Wild Turkey Federation is no less urgent today than when it was founded in 1973. What we do in the coming decades will be instrumental in not only enhancing our wild turkey populations but also in the continuation of hunting and quality wildlife habitat for countless species.

The NWTF is leading the effort to solve this problem. Our goal is that we “all” become part of the solution, starting at home and in our communities. This is bigger than any one state, any one organization, and it is time we tackled this challenge together.

The NWTF is in our 8th year of a 10 year commitment; we are on track (in some area have surpassed our goals) to “ Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt”. This ambitious initiative was not undertaken lightly, as of fiscal end 2019, NWTF has recruited 1,526,852 million hunters; conserved/enhanced 3,583,469 acres that are critical to wildlife habitation and opened access to 626,658 acres for hunting across the Nation.

In Oklahoma, there are Local Chapters holding Hunting Heritage Banquets across the state who raise funds in support of “Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.” These funds also help support our Outreach programs; including WITO (Women in the Outdoors), Wheelin’ Sportsmen and JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge and Ethics).

I have found that with NWTF there is something for everyone. We invite you and your family to join us in our efforts. You are the critical component in our mission, you and your family make it all worthwhile. We hope you enjoy our website and encourage you to contact a Local Chapter near you and join the thousands of fellow Oklahomans who work together to support and deliver our mission.

NWTF Oklahoma State President

Lynn Hagerman