One of the best ways for hunters to support wildlife conservation and protect their outdoor heritage is to join hunting organizations. There are many options to consider at the local, state, and national level.
Local clubs provide key support for hunter education programs. Local clubs often provide classrooms, target ranges, and instructors needed to train new hunters and shooters. They also educate people about local wildlife issues. They have fun too, with competitive events such as shooting matches and fishing tournaments, or social events such as wild game dinners.
National organizations raise millions of dollars each year for conservation programs, some of these groups publish magazines and produce television shows that help provide ongoing education and enjoyment. Examples of the groups include:
The NWTF is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with 584,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.
In 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in Fredericksburg, Va. At that time, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Shortly after its founding, the NWTF moved to Edgefield, S.C., where it is headquartered today.
Thanks to the work of federal, state and provincial wildlife agencies and the NWTF's many volunteers and partners, there are now more than 7 million wild turkeys and nearly 3 million turkey hunters. Turkey hunting has become the fastest growing form of hunting and has the second-highest number of participants of any type of hunting.
Since 1985, more than $230 million NWTF and cooperator dollars have been spent on upholding hunting traditions and conserving more than 11.3 million acres of wildlife habitat. Hunters have also benefited as the NWTF has worked tirelessly to support our hunting heritage and protect and promote laws that increase hunting opportunity and safety.
Ducks Unlimited's Vision & Mission
The vision of Ducks Unlimited is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.
Singleness of Purpose - Our Mission
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.