NWTF Spending
Posted on 11/19/2010

Administered jointly by the NWTF, its state chapters and state wildlife agencies, the Hunting Heritage Super Fund is used for projects that support the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of the hunting tradition. Nationally, NWTF chapters and cooperating partners have raised and spent more than $331 million for wild turkey conservation. Since 1985 over $2,436,555 has been raised and spent by Minnesota chapters on projects within the state. A sampling of these projects is provided below.

Habitat EnhancementSpent $641,340 on habitat improvement projects.

  • maintenance and development of brood habitatwildlife openings
  • prescribed firetree planting
  • riparian restorationwater development projects
  • control of invasive plant speciessupport for seed subsidy and conservation seed programs

Habitat enhancement projects have impacted more than 15,754 acres within the state.

  • 3,350 acres of wildlife openings

  • 265 acres of prescribed burning

Purchased equipment for habitat management including:

4 trailers2 seeders
1 mower18 planters
1 disk/harrow1 grain drill

Projects were completed on:

  • Agder WMAElmo WMA
  • Engelbrecht WMAIvan Jindra Mem. WMA
  • Kunkel WMAMadrena WMA
  • Oxcart Crossing WMAProehl's Woods WMA
  • Rice Creek WMARiver Valley WMA
  • Russell WMASand Prairie WMA
  • Suconnix WMATwo Rivers WMA
  • Whitewater WMA


  • Spent $315,650 on educational programs and literature including scholarships, education boxes, 4-H and teacher workshops.

  • Awarded 577 scholarships
  • Donated more than 816 education boxes to area schools

Spent $25,342 on educational projects for volunteers and professionals including:

  • Volunteer leadership workshops
  • Wild Turkey Woodlands field days
  • State web sites and newsletters
  • Purchased 138 educational CD-ROMs


Spent $180,812 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting. Sponsored 432 JAKES Conservation Field Days throughout the state.

Hunting Heritage

Spent $78,531 to protect and promote the hunting tradition including contributions to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Hunter Safety

Spent $9,150 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives within the state. Purchased hunter safety materials and equipment, including interactive shooting systems.

Turkey Restoration

Spent $215,512 to trap and transfer turkeys within the state. Expenses include the purchase of trapping equipment such as nets, rockets and rocket charges.

Women’s Programs

Spent $74,920 on programs, materials and equipment to introduce women to the outdoors, hunting and conservation. Conducted 176 Women in the Outdoors events throughout the state.


Spent $300 to protect wild turkeys and other wildlife through support of state sponsored reward programs, the printing of reward signs and reward payments.


Spent $142,000 on wild turkey management.

  • operation of wild turkey check stations
  • hunter success and satisfaction surveys
  • completion of wild turkey management plans
  • support of law enforcement activities

Purchased equipment to support law enforcement and management activities including:

  • ATV’s
  • weight scales for check stations
  • survey/surveillance cameras
  • gates to limit vehicular access

Land Purchase

Spent $448,669 to purchase 8,571 acres of land or conservation easements to preserve wildlife habitat and provide additional hunting areas.


Spent $21,000 on wild turkey research. Purchased equipment related to research such as radio telemetry equipment.

Wheelin’ Sportsmen

Spent $45,619 to provide opportunities for the disabled to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation. Conducted 43 Wheelin' Sportsmen events.


Spent $195,285 on other projects including organizational dues, travel expenses to professional meetings, special NWTF projects, and chapter rebates.

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