Mission Statement

"The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of our hunting heritage."

About the NWTF

The NWTF — a national nonprofit organization — is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America.

 On March 28, 1973, the Commonwealth of Virginia issued incorporation papers to a fledgling organization in Fredericksburg called the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The NWTF has come a long way since its founding chief executive, Tom Rodgers, took $440 out of his own pocket to put this organization in motion.

And what it has turned into is nothing short of phenomenal. Currently, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every state and Canada.

Who Are We?

  • We are sportsmen, women and children who care deeply about our natural resources and the wild places we love to hunt.

We cherish the memory of the ridge top gobbler we hunted last spring and fondly remember the cornfield where we saw that big buck at sunset two years ago.

Collectively, we come from all walks of life to engage in conservation and preserve the hunting heritage we all hold dear.

We're hunters...

Some of us follow bird dogs through waving stands of grass from south Georgia to Montana in pursuit of bobwhite quail and pheasant.

And most of us would rather spend a bitterly cold winter morning knee deep in a flooded oak flat or beaver pond than waste that morning in a warm bed.

... champions of conservation.

According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America's wildlife history.

Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $412 million to conserve nearly 17.25 million acres of habitat.

That area is larger than the state of West Virginia.

Wild turkeys and hundreds of other species of upland wildlife, including quail, deer, grouse, pheasant and songbirds, have benefited from this improved habitat.

Our dedicated volunteers bring new hunters and conservationists into the fold — about 100,000 every year — through outdoor education events and our Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen and JAKES youth outreach programs.

If you are not already an NWTF member, I encourage you to join the NWTF now and help us continue our mission.


President's Message

The VA NWTF has come to represent the leader in upland conservation, and we have our volunteers and members to thank for this status.

However we don’t have the luxury to rest on our laurels, as we are totally involved now with Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt. How ironic that forty years ago our mission focused on saving and re-establishing viable populations of wild turkeys, and now we are working to create new hunters and hold on to the ones who currently exist.  While  saving and enhancing  habitat is critical, creating more hunters is absolutely essential.

As NWTF members, sponsors and volunteers we all have a role to play.  Taking young people hunting, mentoring new adult hunters, inviting a friend to go hunting who may have not been an active hunter recently.

Most importantly we need to let others know what we and the VA NWTF stand for.  We are people who pray before meetings and meals, we pledge allegiance to our flag at every gathering, and we are willing to share our passion for God’s creation and natures many wonders. We hunt wild turkeys and do not apologize for occasionally killing one, as most hunts end with no shots fired. We hunt because our hearts beat fast when an old gobbler answers our call, and we want others to share that feeling.

This is our legacy! The NWTF started in Virginia in 1973, and all of us and our partners have played a part in bringing the wild turkey back from the brink of extinction. Now let’s work together to make certain wild turkey hunters don’t fade into history.

If there is an NWTF chapter near you, join it. Attend a hunting heritage banquet, go to an outreach event. I assure you there is a place in this legacy for everyone, so pull up a chair, find your place at the table. You will be welcomed.

Richard Pauley

President - Virginia State Chapter NWTF