Oklahoma State Chapter of the NWTF

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.

Time Period:

January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019

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 Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. 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, 2019, the Oklahoma Chapter of the NWTF will improve 100,000 acres of public and private land.
    • With the goal of treating invasive species on 10,000 acres of public and private lands in Focal Landscapes, pursue outside funding sources for $2.5 million by working with USDA -NRCS, USFWS, OCC, ODWC (Pittman-Robertson funds), and others;                  
    • With the goal of increasing private land stewardship on 30,000 acres, continue pursuing opportunities by working with USDA-NRCS, USFWS, OCC, ODWC, OFS, OSU, and others to conduct or participate in educational events (up to 3 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 50,000 acres, pursue outside funding sources for $600K ($20/acre) to help support prescribed
      burning efforts; and,
    • With the same goal in mind, continue Super Fund support at $5-10K per year (~$15-30K total).
  • Objective II:By December 31, 2019, the Oklahoma Chapter of the NWTF will create 5,000 new hunters.
    • Create mentoring system that is Local Chapter based;
    • Support youth conservation camps and  to reach 5,000 youths;
    • Continue to support the NWTF Jakes Program to reach an additional 3,000 youth;
    • Encourage NWTF volunteers to attend training sessions offered by ODWC to become certified in any or all outreach programs ODWC currently has operating to make our youth events much more attractive to kids and therefore, increase attendance.
  • Objective III: By December 31, 2019, the Oklahoma Chapter of the NWTF will create 10,000 acres of access.
    • Increase support for purchase of ODWC public hunting lands;
    • Support access issues, as the need arises, on USDA Forest Service and/or USACOE
      lands; and,
    • Collaborate in any possible with ODWC’s Oklahoma Land Access Program (OLAP).
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 to limited capacity and funds,

the Oklahoma State Chapter has prioritized focal landscapes as follows: Focal Landscapes- #1 Canadian River, #2 Pineywoods, #3 Central Red River, #4 Ozarks, #5 Cross Timbers, #6 Flint Hills, #7 Red Hills