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Honest Outdoor Oklahoma and Oklahoma NWTF’s 2020 Youth Hunt

It was a great pleasure for the Oklahoma NWTF to partner with Honest Outdoor Oklahoma on what turned out to be an awesome first time first time for these young hunters. Six hunters took to the field and harvested 6 deer. These new hunters first attended a Hunter Education Class, taught by NWTF volunteers, the weekend before their hunt. A big thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and Honest Outdoors Oklahoma for helping the NWTF Save the Habitat, Save the HUNT! For more pictures be sure and check out Honest Outdoors Oklahoma FaceBook page. For more information on how to get involved with the NWTF and help the non-profit Save the Hunt contact Rick Nolan at rick@nolanoutdoors.com.

Oklahoma NWTF Wheelin Sportsman Deer Hunt – 2020

Another great NWTF Wheelin Sportsman deer hunt is in the books. Thanks to the Mayes County Longbeards chapter, the Green Country Stutters Chapter and the City of Claremore teamed up for a great two day Hunt. Heston Williams was able to harvest his first whitetail deer with a crossbow. Good Job Heston. We would also like to thanks Bill’s Sporting Goods, Chik-Fil-A, Walke Meat Co,, Double D Hunting and Fishing, and WOHALI for being sponsors and helping with this event. GOOD JOB ALL!!!

The NWTF and Partners work to restore streamside areas.

The NWTF and partners collaborated throughout Oklahoma to restore streamside areas and use prescribed fire to improve roosting and loafing habitat on public and private lands over a multi-year period in a variety of sites, encompassing the NWTF’s Canadian River, Cross Timbers and Central Red River Focal landscapes. Click the Picture to read the whole story.

The 2021 NWTF Raffle Calendars are in stock and ready for and sale.

Oklahoma NWTF calendars are an opportunity to not only support habitat conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage in Oklahoma but an excellent opportunity to win a different firearm each week, 52 weeks – 52 Guns. Calendars make great Christmas gifts for the guy or gal that has everything. For information and availability contact your local NWTF Chapter or a State Board member. If you want a calendar we will find a way to get it to you. Calendars sell out fast so don’t drag your feet, only 1,000 are sold and they go fast.

Good luck and thanks for supporting habitat conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage in Oklahoma.

  • Calendars are $50 each and include a chance to win all 52 guns.
  • Only 1,000 Calendars will be sold.
  • Each calendar purchase will include an annual membership to the NWTF.
  • Cash or checks will be accepted as payment for a raffle calendar*.
  • All unsold calendars become the property of the Oklahoma NWTF.
  • Winning numbers will be determined by the Oklahoma Wednesday Pick 3 lottery.
  • All buyers must be in compliance with local, county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • Winners will be notified within one week of successful matching numbers. After this, the winner has 30 days to claim his/her prize.
  • Delivery of firearms is subject to availability. The NWTF reserves the right to modify the raffle based on gun availability.
  • Pictured firearms may to be exact representations of firearm or features pertaining to the firearm.
  • All unclaimed prized become property of the NWTF.
  • Winners are responsible for all necessary firearm transfer fees.

*Checks must be cashed and cleared before the winner can claim prize. All returned checks are subject to an additional fee and forfeiture of calendar raffle.

September 2020 Government Affairs Newsletter (1)

 

The National Wild Turkey Federation and its supporters celebrated a momentous accomplishment. Thanks to its dedicated volunteers, members, staff and the outdoor and conservation communities, the NWTF surpassed its Call for All campaign goal to raise $5 million by Aug. 31, by raising $7,322,800. 280 local and state NWTF chapters from across the country donated funds towards the $5 million goal, totaling $1,024,100.

“The support we received from our local and state chapters is a powerful reminder that the NWTF truly operates as a federation,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Without our state and local chapters working for our mission, the NWTF would not exist.”
In addition to the support from NWTF state and local chapters, outdoor brands such as Federal Premium Ammunition, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, Woodhaven Custom Calls, Nomad and many more supporters of the NWTF’s Call for All offered donation incentives or provided their own gift to the campaign.

“We have the greatest partners in the outdoor industry,” Humphries said. “Everyone has been affected by COVID-19, and the fact that they still stepped up means a lot; they are equally as dedicated to our mission as we are.”

However, the long-term financial future of the NWTF lies in the ability of the organization to continue its fundraising success as COVID-19’s impact in 2021 is still uncertain.

A major factor allowing the NWTF to attain its ambitious Call for All goal was the way the organization adapted and improvised as COVID-19 hindered traditional fundraising banquets. The NWTF hosted an array of online experiences and engaged its membership and online audience like never before through virtual auctions, banquets, raffles, musical performances, educational seminars and even a 12-hour telethon. These types of events are expected to continue into the fall despite banquets resuming in some regions of the country.

“We accomplished an ambitious and extraordinary goal with our Call for All campaign,” Humphries said. “However, we must continue the momentum and energy. Share online events with friends and family, participate in them, attend a fall banquet where you can, get involved with your local chapter and get outdoors to introduce someone to hunting. We still have a lot of work to do.”

To find more information about live and virtual events in your area, visit NWTF.org/events or follow the NWTF on its social media platforms.

The Oklahoma State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation selected Hunting Heritage Super Fund proposals for 2020 totaling $172,749.

The Oklahoma board of directors for the state chapter approved funding for numerous projects that will control invasive plant species, maintain productive wildlife openings, create healthier forests and waterways and help to preserve our hunting heritage. The board also secured matching funds that will result in more than $1 million for approved projects this year.

“The Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is supported by our state boards and chapter members,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Hunting Heritage Super Fund money is critical to implementing the initiative, and investing in focal landscapes and hunter recruitment.”

The board of directors dedicated $77,119 for habitat and equipment proposals across Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Black Kettle, Cross Timbers, Ellis County, Homer Johnston, Okmulgee, Ouachita, Packsaddle, Pushmataha, and Spavinaw Hills wildlife management areas, as well as the Blue Mountain Walk-in Turkey Hunting Area. Funding also will support the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association’s efforts to facilitate the use of prescribed fire on private lands in multiple NWTF focal landscapes.

In support of projects and programs to preserve our hunting heritage, the board dedicated $49,499 to scholarships, JAKES, Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Youth Forestry and Wildlife Camp, Oklahoma FFA Sporting Clays event, National Archery in the Schools Program, Scholastic Shooting Sports Program and much more.

The state board also dedicated $40,000 to help ODWC acquire new public hunting lands.

OKLAHOMA STATE NWTF SUPER FUND DEDICATES $112,183 FOR 2019

We are pleased to announce that in September 2018, Oklahoma State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Board of Directors selected Hunting Heritage Super Fund proposals for FY 2018 totaling $112,183. Approved proposals included $36,381 put towards habitat/equipment listed below, plus an extension of a $4,000 project from the previous year (ODWC Beaver River WMA). Funds totaling $56,500 were also dedicated to scholarships; to JAKES programs, Women in the Outdoors events, and Wheelin’ Sportsmen events; to a OFS Youth Forestry & Wildlife Camp ($1,000), an Oklahoma FFA Sporting Clays event ($200), National Archery in the Schools Program (ODWC at $10,000), the Scholastic Shooting Sports Program (ODWC at $10,000), support for the NWTF District Biologist position, and other Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiatives in the state. $15,302 was earmarked to help Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation acquire new public hunting lands.

Total Oklahoma FY19 Super Fund allocation including matching dollars is over $1M to support our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative in Oklahoma. Approved habitat and equipment proposals are:

1) ODWC Pushmataha WMA – Purchase aerial ignition spheres for Rx burning on 8,225 acres. Submitted by Biologist Jack Waymire, ODWC (now retired). ($5,000 of $33,300 total project cost)

2) ODWC Black Kettle NG WMA – Mastication project on this cooperative WMA to compliment work done by USDA Forest Service, ODWC, and NWTF to remove invasive woody plants around prime wild turkey roosting areas on up to ~50 acres. Submitted by Biologist Marcus Thibodeau, ODWC. ($5,000 of $20,000 total project cost)

3) Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association – Support for statewide mobile Rx burn trailer and equipment program. Submitted by John Weir, Research Associate, OSU. ($7,000 of $33,000 total project cost)

4) ODWC Cherokee WMA – Oak savannah renovation work on 40 acres. Submitted by Biologist Brent
Morgan, ODWC. ($7,000 of $28,000 total project cost)

5) ODWC Spavinaw Hills WMA – Widening 9.4 miles of fireguards and creation of 137 acres of wildlife openings. Submitted by Wildlife Technician Tony Crawford, ODWC. ($6,131 of $24,525 total project cost)

6) ODWC Stringtown WMA – Reclamation of wildlife openings for turkey brood range on 15 acres. Submitted by Biologist Eric Suttles, ODWC. ($2,500 of $10,000 total project cost)

7) ODWC Packsaddle WMA – Mastication project to remove invasive woody plants around prime wild turkey roosting areas on up to ~25 acres. Submitted by Biologist Marcus Thibodeau, ODWC. ($3,750 of $15,000 total project cost)

  All projects are expected to allow reasonable signage or recognition of NWTF. Sincere thanks goes to all the hard-working members and volunteers who made this possible. Without you, there is no National Wild Turkey Federation! The Board of Directors, Oklahoma State NWTF Chapter, was very pleased with the quality of proposals received. Deadline for FY20 Super Fund project proposals is July 15th, 2019.

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