We are pleased to announce that in September 2017, Oklahoma State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Board of Directors selected Hunting Heritage Super Fund proposals for FY 2018 totaling $102,823. Approved proposals included $39,633 put towards habitat/equipment listed below, plus approval for extension of a $5,000 project from the previous year (ODWC Cherokee WMA). Funds totaling $53,190 were also dedicated to scholarships; to JAKES, Women in the Outdoors, and Wheelin’ Sportsmen events; to a OFS Youth Forestry & Wildlife Camp ($1,000), a new OSU Rio Grande wild turkey publication ($1,287), 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. $5,000 was earmarked to help Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation acquire a new public hunting lands.
Total Oklahoma FY18 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 Black Kettle 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 ~25 acres. Submitted by Biologist Marcus Thibodeau, ODWC. ($4,000 of $16,000 total project cost)
2) ODWC Pushmataha WMA – Purchase aerial ignition spheres for Rx burning on 4,080 acres. Submitted by Biologist Jack Waymire, ODWC. ($4,000 of $20,575 total project cost)
3) 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. ($4,633 of $16,000 total project cost)
4) ODWC Homer Johnston WMA, Ouachita NF – Daylighting 2.5 miles of secondary forest roads for wild turkey brood habitat. Submitted by Biologist Jeff Ford, ODWC. ($5,000 of $20,000 total project cost)
5) ODWC Oologah WMA – Construction and renovation of 5 miles of fireguards, roads, and 70 acres of old fields. Submitted by Biologist Russell Perry, ODWC. ($5,000 of $20,000 total project cost)
6) ODWC Deep Fork WMA – Fireguard construction on 3.3 miles to enhance Rx burning program efforts. Submitted by Biologist Jeff Howard, ODWC. ($4,000 of $16,000 total project cost)
7) ODWC Heyburn WMA – Fireguard construction on 3.2 miles to enhance Rx burning program efforts. Submitted by Biologist Matt Mattioda, ODWC. ($5,000 of $20,000 total project cost)
8) ODWC Beaver River WMA – Chemical control of salt cedar around cottonwood riparian timber to conserve prime wild turkey roosting areas on up to ~115 acres. Submitted by Biologist Weston Storer, ODWC. ($4,000 of $16,000 total project cost)
9) ODWC Cherokee WMA – Fireguard renovation along ~6.2 miles of existing fireguards for Rx burning on this WMA. Submitted by Biologist Brent Morgan, ODWC. ($4,000 of $16,000 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 FY19 Super Fund project proposals is July 15 th , 2018.
Prepared for the Oklahoma NWTF State Chapter Board of Directors by Gene T. Miller, NWTF District Biologist (806/803-0180, email@example.com)