EDGEFIELD, SC — The National Wild Turkey Federation’s new “Learning to” collaborative video series, funded through a grant from LLBean, serves as an online resource for novice men and women looking to get started with hunting, fishing and outdoor lifestyle.
“What is unique about these videos is that they are peer-focused,” said John Motoviloff, NWTF R3 coordinator for Wisconsin. “We specifically recruit novice and atypical hunters and anglers. The idea is to send a message of inclusion. ‘If they can do it, so can I.’”
The “Learning To” series consists of four videos: Learning to Hunt Wild Turkey, Learning to Hunt Grouse and Woodcock, Learning to Hunt Rabbits and Squirrels, and Learning to Fish for Brook Trout. These videos are featured on the NWTF.org Lifestyle Hub and on their YouTube channel.
Between 10-15 minutes in length, each video is intended to be a confidence booster as much as it is an introduction to the topic. While all four episodes were filmed in Wisconsin, the content is applicable to most states east of the Rocky Mountains.
“The series is a great introduction to the basics,” said Elizabeth Simpson, one of the series’ featured participants. “I definitely would have used it when I was starting out.”
Additional video project partners include the Ruffed Grouse Society and the American Woodcock Society, Trout Unlimited, and Color in the Outdoors.
Learn more about the NWTF’s education and outreach efforts and watch the videos by visiting www.nwtf.org/who-we-are/programs-outreach.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number reached an all-time high of nearly 7 million turkeys. To be successful, the NWTF supported science-based conservation and hunter rights. Today, NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through Save the Habitat. Save the hunt. initiative. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed goals to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit or retain more than 1.5 million hunters, and open access to more than 500,000 acres for hunting and other recreational opportunities. This critical work will continue to impact wildlife habitat and our outdoors in the final year of the initiative.