Would you like to hunt, but don’t know how or where to go?

Are you concerned about childhood obesity? Does it seem impossible to get kids to go outside and play? Would you like to hunt, but don’t know how or where to go?

The South Central Kansas NWTF Chapter will offer some options during their meeting on Monday at KCs Bar and Grill at 37 SE 30th St in El Dorado starting at 5:30 p.m.

There will be silent auction items and gun drawings, as well as a group of like-minded conservationist to meet and exchange hunting stories and ways to pass on hunting heritage.

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.

• This is the same situation Bobwhite quail were in 50 years ago.

• 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat disappear every day; an 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 primary reason why people quit hunting.

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 in conservation and the preservation of the hunting heritage. These investments have helped improve more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and expose 100,000 people to the outdoors each year.

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

They believe it is their duty to create vibrant and healthy upland habitat. The Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative will help tackle these difficult challenges the sporting community is facing.

Save the Habitat.

They 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, pheasants, deer and many other wildlife species that share the habitat.

Save the Hunt.

They will save the hunt by creating 1.5 million new hunters who will embrace the outdoors and protect conservation legacy. It will include focused outreach opportunities all people regardless of age, sex, disability or background; all while helping to increase hunter access. This includes creating half a million additional acres of hunting access across the nation.

Get Involved

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

They also will be hosting a Hunting Heritage Banquet Feb. 21 at the El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central and sponsorships are available. With a $300 Sponsorship a person can help support three NWTF JAKES Field Days, conserve 13 acres of habitat in Kansas, introduce archery into a Kansas school by providing one National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) kit, provide on local NWTF chapter scholarship, or protect 5 acres of habitat in Kansas through land acquisitions. Their current match rate is 12:1.

For more information contact Crystal Adams at 308-737-7227 or Robert Daniels at 316-322-5784.

By the numbers

42 Average age of today’s hunter

5% Less than this number of Kansans hunt.

80% The amount of conservation supported by those 5 percent