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New Turkey Tract dedicated

Just in time for the spring turkey hunt, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation unveiled a new Turkey Tracts location at the Holly State Recreation Area on April 13.

The event, just before the April 22 spring turkey season opener, featured DNR upland game bird specialist Al Stewart, representatives from the National Wild Turkey Federation and many others who have been actively involved in the Turkey Tracts program.

The new Turkey Tract is located at the Holly State Recreation Area. Take I-75 to the Grange Hall Road Exit (Exit 101), go east on Grange Hall Road to McGinnis Road (Holly Recreation Area), then east on McGinnis Road to Jossman Road and north on Jossman Road to the first parking lot on the west side.

2019 State Award Winners

A number of awards were presented at the 2019 Michigan State Chapter Convention held January 18-19, 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Big Rapids. Awards were presented to NWTF local chapters as well as individuals. Click here for a list of the winners.

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 last 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 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 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 2019 Wild Turkey Cooperator Patch for $5.

2019 Michigan State Chapter Convention

2018 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.

Report your R3 event

Report if you mentored a new hunter

Enter a contest for mentored hunters (contest extended for 2017!)

Learn more about the "Learn to Hunt" program

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