Oklahoma State Chapter of the NWTF

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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.

  Prepared for the Oklahoma NWTF State Chapter Board of Directors by Gene T. Miller, NWTF District Biologist (806/803-0180, gmiller@nwtf.net)

Oklahoma State Board Approves 2018 Budget

The NWTF Oklahoma State Board of Directors recently budgeted more than $102,823 to further the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative within the state in 2018.  The board of directors reviewed and allocated funding for numerous projects and secured over $1 million dollars in match funding from valuable partners.

1. Submit a short biography of yourself and your involvement with the NWTF.

2. Submit the Letter of Nomination form along with the petitioner’s nomination form with 25 current adult Oklahoma NWTF member’s signatures. (while only 25 are required, it is recommended you obtain more than 25 in case some are not current members)

3. Mail required forms and information to: NWTF Oklahoma State Chapter, 12301 SE 71st St, Oklahoma City, OK 73150

4. Must be delivered to state secretary at above address by July 31st, 2018.

Newly elected board member terms will begin at the September 15th State Board meeting in Oklahoma City.

Email Regional Director TJ Goodpasture at tgoodpasture@nwtf.net for copy of Nomination Letter and Nomination Petitioners form.

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