2012 ARIZONA OUTDOOR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE by WILDLIFE FOR TOMORROW

The Arizona Chapters of the National Wild turkey Federation is a longtime, key conservation group in our state whose mission is the conservation of wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage for this magnificent game animal. The group fulfills this mission through fundraising, habitat enhancement, youth outreach and community activities. 

Each year the Arizona Chapter markets and sells two turkey special big game license tags to raise funds that are used by the habitat partnership committee for turkey research and management.  They also host several other fundraising events around the state each year to benefit wild turkeys.

The Arizona Chapter is deeply involved in improving turkey habitat. Chapter volunteers have sought outside funding, such as the collaboration with the Prescott National Forest to secure a $20,000 contract to improve water, meadows and wetlands there. the group assisted in obtaining a $345,000 Arizona Water Protection Fund Grant that covered three years’ of habitat conversation work in the Alpine Ranger District .  The Chapter continues to participate in translocations, including the restoration efforts for the Gould’s wild turkey that has become a landmark success story.  The group’s volunteer efforts include travel to Mexico, construction and staffing a quarantine facility, and working with the media during these historic releases.

The National Wild Turkey Federation recognizes the 200,00th turkey to be moved in the United States with the capture and release of the Gould’s wild turkey on February 11, 2011.

In 2009, the Arizona Chapter was a charter participant in the first youth turkey camp in Arizona. That camp combined resources of many conservation and sportsmen groups. During 2010, 2011, and 2012 youth turkey hunts was expanded to include three simultaneous hunts involving more that a dozen partnering organizations. Over 200 youth hunter and 500 family members participated.

The Arizona Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is an incredibly collaborative group that is working to preserve Arizona’s outdoor heritage, and we are pleased to induct them into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.

Arizona National Wild Turkey Federation attendees included from left to right : Regional Director Danielle Watts and her husband Justin, Southern Arizona Chapter President Donna Van Vlack, Huachuca Goulds Chapter president John Millican, Wayne Kaiser, Arizona State Chapter Vice President Rich Williams, John Koenig, Arizona State Chapter Treasure Fred Deneke, Joey and Tommy Fuller and President of the Mingus Mountain Chapter Tim Denny.