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History of the American Wild Turkey

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The wild turkey has been a staple of American tradition since the 1500s, but its survival has not always been certain.

• Native only to North and Central America, the wild turkey was discovered by Europeans in Mexico in the early 1500s.
• By the 1930s, the wild turkey population was at less than 30,000 birds; a victim of market hunting, subsistence hunting and widespread habitat destruction.
• Over the next 50 years, state wildlife agencies funded by hunters’ dollars and working with the National Wild Turkey Federation, captured more than 200,000 wild turkeys and released them in quality wild turkey habitat.
• Today there are more than 7 million wild turkeys roaming the woodlands and river-bottoms across the country.


To learn more about conserving habitat for turkeys and other species of wildlife visit these sites

Season 2: Episode 6

Partners:

National Wild Turkey Federation

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies


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Founded in 2002, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is a non-profit organization working to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish.

T.R.’S VISION
In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt said, “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” While in the political arena, he succeeded in making conservation a top tier national issue. T.R. had the foresight to address these issues still so significant to sportsmen today, understanding that if we want to ensure critical habitat, special hunting grounds and secret fishing holes will be around for future generations, we must plan carefully today.

THE TRCP MISSION
In order to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish, we strengthen laws, policies and practices affecting fish and wildlife conservation by leading partnerships that influence decision makers.

TRCP / BASS PRO SHOPS JOIN FORCES
In early 2012, the TRCP joined forces with Bass Pro Shops and Steven Rinella of the hit TV show “MeatEater” to produce a video series highlighting conservation issues key to our fish, wildlife and hunting and angling traditions. Each episode of “TRCP’s Conservation Field Notes” follows Rinella to far-flung destinations where he talks about critical conservation issues related to the hunts and regions featured on “MeatEater.”

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