NWTF South Dakota pledges $11,600 to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — National Wild Turkey Federation chapters in South Dakota budgeted $11,600 during its summer 2019 awards session to further the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative within the state.

The NWTF’s South Dakota Chapter board of directors reviewed and allocated funding. Valuable partners will provide $112,900 in match funding.

“The Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is supported by our state boards and chapter members,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Hunting Heritage Super Fund money is critical to implementing the initiative, and investing in focal landscapes and hunter recruitment.”

The board of directors dedicated $6,000 in NWTF funding to proposed Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects that focus specifically on saving habitat; $5,600 will support projects to save hunting.

These projects will save vital habitat in South Dakota.

  • U.S. Forest Service Telegraph Gulch aspen project
  • South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Badger Game Production Area oak release
  • Davison County Conservation District grass drill

The following projects support education, outreach and hunter access efforts in South Dakota.

  • SDGFP Walk in Access
  • Canton High School trap team
  • Orange Crushers youth trap team
  • Harrisburg Tiger trap shooting team
  • Fall River County 4-H shooting sports

About the National Wild Turkey FederationWhen the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org