2020 - 2022 Oklahoma State Chapter Strategic Plan

NWTF Vision: More Turkeys. More Places to Hunt. Preserving the Hunt.

NWTF Mission: Dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

NWTF Goals and Objectives: To increase and manage North American wild turkey populations and to increase and sustain North American hunter numbers so that we may enjoy our sport into the future. We will do this by conserving and enhancing 4 million acres of critical habitat, creating 1.5 million new hunters, and by creating 500,000 acres of access.

Period: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022

Review Process: The Oklahoma State Strategic plan will be reviewed and evaluated at State Chapter Board meetings. Updates will be provided by NWTF staff, volunteers, partners and other interested parties. The plan will be a living document that should be updated with accomplishment information and revised only if it becomes dated or under unique circumstances.

Objectives/Strategies: Three measurable objectives were developed to support the 10-year objectives outlined in the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. The Oklahoma objectives focused on conserved and enhanced acres, creating hunters, and providing additional access to Oklahoma hunters. Goals and strategies are listed under the appropriate objective.

Objective I: By December 31, 2022, the Oklahoma Chapter of the NWTF will conserve or enhance an additional 100,000 acres of public and private land (Cumulative total would be 236,536 acres since 2014).

  • With the goal of treating native and non-native invasive plant species on 10,000 acres of public and private lands in Focal Landscapes, pursue outside funding sources for $2.5 million ($250/acre) by working with USDA-NRCS, USFWS, OCC, ODWC (Pittman-Robertson funds), and others;
  • With the same goal in mind, increase Super Fund by $60K ($20K per year)* for $240K on the ground work (*also applies to Rx burning strategy that follows);
  • With the goal of increasing private land stewardship on 30,000 acres annually, continue pursuing opportunities by working with USDA-NRCS, OPBA, USFWS, OCC, ODWC, OFS, OSU, and others to conduct or participate in educational events (up to 5 per year) aimed at encouraging restoration and management of native habitat across the state;
  • With the goal of increasing the amount of Rx burning on the land up to 30,000 acres annually, pursue outside funding sources for $600K ($20/acre) to help support prescribed burning and training efforts by OPBA on private lands; and, increased burning on ODWC WMA lands and federal lands; and;
  • With the same goal in mind, Continue Super Fund support at $10K annually (~$30K+ total)

Objective II: By December 31, 2022, the Oklahoma Chapter of the NWTF will create 1,000 new hunters (Cumulative total would be 1,149 new hunters since 2012).

Create and grow hunter mentoring system that is Local Chapter based; and, that works in conjunction with ODWC’s Hunter Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Program (“Learn to Hunt” Program);

  • Secure monetary support to maintain 2 Jakes Take Aim trailers (grants);
  • Support youth conservation camps in collaboration with partner organizations to reach 5,000 youth (cumulative total);
  • Continue to support the NWTF Jakes Program to reach an additional 3,000 youth (cumulative total);
  • Encourage NWTF volunteers to attend training sessions offered by ODWC to become certified in any or all outreach programs that ODWC currently has operating to make our youth events much more attractive to kids and therefore, increase attendance.

Objective III: By December 31, 2022, the Oklahoma Chapter of the NWTF will create 5,000 acres of access (Cumulative total would be 6,392 acres since 2014).

  • Continue Super Fund support with leveraged Pittman-Robertson federal aid in wildlife restoration dollars for purchase and start-up of ODWC public hunting lands;
  • Support access issues, as the need arises, on USDA Forest Service and/or USACOE lands; and,
  • Explore potential for working with ODWC on any aspect of the Department’s Voluntary Public Access Program to help make it more successful for Oklahoma sportsmen.

Focal Landscapes: NWTF Staff and partners have identified the most important areas within the state that are critical to the future of wild turkeys. Focal landscapes are important geographical areas for conservation and hunting, are shared among other NWTF partners, and in some instances overlap state boundaries. In recognition of the need to plan and work strategically on habitat conservation with limited capacity and funds, the Oklahoma State Chapter has prioritized focal landscapes.