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NWTF Michigan State Chapter
It's fall turkey application time
Fall turkey license application period: July 1 to Aug. 1
Portions of Michigan are open to fall turkey hunting – a great way to put a turkey on your Thanksgiving table! The season runs Sept. 15 to Nov. 14.
Fall turkey hunting allows the DNR to stabilize or reduce wild turkey numbers in certain areas of the state to meet local goals based on habitat conditions and public feedback.
Find more information and buy an application online at michigan.gov/turkey.
Take a trip to a Michigan Turkey Tract
Perhaps many Michiganders have never heard of a Turkey Tract, but they’re gaining in popularity as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources opened its third such site this spring at the Barry State Game Area, near Middleville, in Barry County.
Turkey Tracts are demonstration areas, complete with trails, designed to show newcomers to turkey hunting – or other wild turkey aficionados – exactly what prime turkey habitat looks like. Read More...
Report your turkey hunting activity
Now that you have finished your spring turkey hunting for this year, the DNR invites you to report your hunting activity online. The information you provide will help to evaluate hunter success and total harvest.
It’s important for all turkey hunters to participate, even if they do not hunt or harvest a turkey.
You can find the turkey harvest survey on at michigan.gov/turkey. Survey results will be posted as soon as they are available.
Want a memento of your turkey hunt? Interested hunters and collectors may purchase the 2018 Wild Turkey Cooperator Patch for $5.
Michigan State Chapter Announces Award Winners
The NWTF Michigan State Chapter announced chapter and individual awards at their convention held January 19-20 in Big Rapids. Click here to view this year's winners.
2018 Michigan State Chapter Convention a Success
2017 NWTF Michigan Report Card
The NWTF has released Michigan's "Report Card" highlighting the accomplishments of Michigan chapters and their contributions towards the "Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt" initiative. Click here for the full report.
R3 - Recruit, Retain, Reactivate
R3 is the nationwide effort to recruit new hunters, retain the hunters we currently have, and reactivate hunters that have left hunting. NWTF is taking the lead at the national and state level. Steve Sharp is Michigan's R3 Coordinator and leads the effort to help meet the national goal of 1.5 million new hunters over ten years, 200,000 of those in Michigan. How can you help? One thing you can do is to mentor a new hunter, the next step is to report it. One of the biggest hurdles is counting all of the new hunters that NWTF members mentor every year. Use the links below to report your R3 event, report a mentored hunt, or just find out what R3 is all about.
What is the NWTF?
The NWTF — a national nonprofit organization — is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America.
Founded in 1973, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every state.
The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.
Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America — from a mere 30,000 in the entire United States to more than 7 million across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Michigan NWTF Announces "SAVE THE HABITAT. SAVE THE HUNT." Strategic Plan
Michigan NWTF leaders have released the strategic plan for the "SAVE THE HABITAT. SAVE THE HUNT." initiative in Michigan. Click here to see an outline of the strategic plan.