The National Wild Turkey Federation has been working in Kansas on a new initiative.
Regional Director Barry Woods says the goals are the same across the country.
NTWF chapters in Kansas wrapped up their meetings recently, deciding on how to help achieve those national goals. Woods says improved hunter education courses are high priority, as well as opening up land for use by hunters. Woods says, from what he hears most, the number one reason people stop hunting is because they have no access to land. Increasing habitat for wildlife is also imperative.
Those committees and board members met over the weekend in Concordia to approve the final draft of their plans for Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt. Woods says declining hunter numbers are driving this initiative.
Woods says the sale of hunting licenses helps fund conservation efforts, and declining sales put a serious dent in conservation programs.
The Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt is a ten-year initiative, and Woods says they're already seeing tangible success one year in.
More big plans are in the works for 2014. Woods says "stay tuned."
For more information, contact Woods at 620-417-0692, or go online to www.nwtf.org.