The NWTF is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with more than 500,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other
foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey
hunting as a traditional North American sport.
In 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in Fredericksburg, Va., At that time, there were an estimated
1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Shortly after its founding, the NWTF moved to Edgefield, S.C., where
it is headquartered today.
Thanks to the work of federal, state and provincial wildlife agencies and the NWTF's many volunteers and partners, there
are now over 6.4 million wild turkeys and approximately 2.6 million turkey hunters. Turkey hunting has become the fastest
growing form of hunting and has the second-highest number of particants of any type of hunting.
Since 1985, more than $186 million NWTF and cooperator dollars have been spent on over 27,000 projects benefiting wild
turkeys and other game and nongame species throughout North America. Hunters have also benefited as the NWTF has worked tirelessly
to support our hunting heritage and protect and promote laws that increase hunting opportunity and safety.