Huachuca Goulds Chapter Family Get Outdoors Event

The HUACHUCA GOULD’S CHAPTER hosted a Family Get Outdoor day for 21 youths and adults from 6 families on a working ranch at the base of Mustang Mountains in southeastern Arizona on November 19th, 2016. Five teaching stations encouraged participants to take to the outdoors with newly acquired skills in center fire and .22 lr rifles and archery including maintaining their equipment. Experts from Huachuca Mountain Archers and Bow hunters and Chapter members led the instruction. A tasty, free lunch of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cake, cookies, ice cold watermelon, and refreshments was prepared for the families and instructors as well. This event was supported by the Arizona Department of Game and Fish and with fundraising efforts of the Huachuca Gould’s Chapter.


Arizona State Scholarship Winner

Ms. Brooklyn Fulk


Ms. Fulk is the recipient of the $2,000 Arizona State Chapter and $500 Huachuca Gould’s Chapter Scholarships.

“Hunting has always been a part of my family’s life, and from a young age I was taught to respect nature and wildlife. As I grew older, I gained respect for laws, nature and the animals we hunt. Whenever I am outdoors , I do my best to leave no trace and pick up my trash and items others have left behind.  As I have grown older, I understand that by leaving things behind, it can impact the balance of nature.”

After graduation, she looks to attend Missouri Southern State University and major in Physical Therapy.

Save The Habitat. Save The Hunt

The  Coming Challenges

When the NWTF was founded, there were approximately 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After 40 years of dedicated work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys.

However, in recent years national turkey populations have been declining and the hunting community is facing other critical challenges:

  • Turkey populations are declining, having decreased 15 percent from a historic high
  • For example, New York is facing a 20-year low and Mississippi’s turkey populations declined by more than 40 percent from 2004 to 2009.
  • This is the same situation Bobwhite quail were in 50 years ago.
  • 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat disappear every day – area the size of Yellowstone each year.
  • A long-term slide in hunter numbers has finally stopped, but it is still not keeping pace with population growth, which limits sportsmen’s ability to stand up for their rights.
  • Many hunters struggle to find a place to hunt- a top reason why people quit hunting.

40 Years of Conservation and Hunting Heritage

Since its foundation in 1973, the NWTF has achieved some amazing accomplishments. With the help of its dedicated volunteers and partners, the NWTF has been able to facilitate the investment of $412 million dollars in conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage. These investments have helped improve more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and expose 100,000 people to the outdoor each year.

The NWTF is dedicated to having the same significant impact over the next 40 years as it did over its first 40. That is why the NWTF has created the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.

Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

The NWTF and its committed volunteers believe in doing what’s necessary to create more wild turkeys. We believe it is our duty to create vibrant and healthy upland habitat. We believe our hunting heritage is worth fighting for.

The Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative will help tackle these difficult challenges the sporting community is facing.

Save the Habitat.

We will increase wild turkey populations by conserving and enhancing 4 million acres of critical upland wildlife habitat. These habitat improvements will not only help support wild turkey populations but they will also benefit quail, deer
and many other wildlife species that share the habitat.

The NWTF will:

    >  Focus our efforts based on the priorities established by science
    >  Work in areas where it is possible to have a meaningful impact on habitat and wildlife populations
    >  Begin the process at the local level, which will then build to support the regional and national goals
    >  Focus on four key habitat types:
        o      Forests
        o      Streamside corridors
        o      Fields and meadows
        o      Scrubland and grasslands

Save the Hunt.

We will save the hunt by creating 1.5 million new hunters who will embrace the outdoors and protect our conservation legacy. It will include focused outreach opportunities for people of all ages, and increased hunter access. This includes
creating half a million additional acres of hunting access across the nation.

The NWTF will:

    >  Evolve its outreach efforts from introduction to include hands-on hunting experiences and mentoring to create long-term hunting license holders
    >  There is no one-size-fits-all solution and each state will drive its approach
    >  Develop partnerships with a wide range of organizations, like state wildlife management agencies, hunters education instructors, mentored hunting and other organizations, that share the common interest of promoting our hunting
    >  Make it easier for people to hunt by lowering barriers to introducing new hunters to the sport and increasing the number of publicly available acres

Get Involved

Your support is critical to making these lofty goals a reality. Join the NWTF today and contact your local regional staff to see how you can get involved and help make a real difference.

Share the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. Initiative

This initiative will only succeed with the dedicated support of hunters, sportsmen, and NWTF members and volunteers. The NWTF has created various educational materials to arm our supporters with the tools they need to spread the word. Please feel free to use the information below to educate your family, friends, fellow hunters and conservationists.

JAKES Hunting Heritage Award

Arizona State Chapter has earned the JAKES Hunting Heritage Award which was presented at the 37th Annual National Wild  Turkey Federation Convention & Sport Show.  The Arizona State Chapter received a National Hunting Heritage Award for Best Hunting Heritage Event for the JAKES Youth Turkey Camps in Units 1 and 27, 5A, 5B, and 6.  Fred Deneke arrived in Nashville Tennessee to accept the award on behalf of the Arizona State Chapter.  Congratulations!


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.

U.S. Army NETCOM recognizes Arizona State Chapter 

“The Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to The Huachuca Gould’s Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation . . . and reads . . . In recognition of your volunteer support of the Holiday Food Basket Program.   Your compassionate community concern for Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, Contractors and their Family members led you to purchase and donate turkeys for 24 families associated with Greely Hall.  Your demonstration of exceptional community spirit and selfless service has strengthened the bonds across our NETCOM Family and the local Cochise County Community.”  Voice of the Army!


BG Peter A. Gallagher, Commanding General, and Earl B. Allen, Command Sergeant Major.

2012 Women in the Outdoors Outstanding Chapter



Southern Arizona Chapter has earned the WITO Hunting Heritage Award which was presented at the 37th Annual National Wild Turkey Federation Convention Sport Show. Donna Greene accepted the award on behalf of her chapter.