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NWTF Releases “Learning to” Series as a Resource for New Hunters and Anglers

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation’s new collaborative “Learning to” video series, funded through a grant from L.L.Bean, serves as an online resource for novice outdoorsmen and women looking to get started with hunting, fishing and the outdoor lifestyle.

“What’s unique about these videos is they’re peer-centered,” said John Motoviloff, NWTF R3 coordinator for Wisconsin. “We specifically recruited novice and atypical hunters and anglers. The idea is to send a message of inclusion. ‘If they can do it, I can too.'”

The “Learning to” series consists of four videos: Learning to Hunt Wild Turkeys, Learning to Hunt Grouse and Woodcock, Learning to Hunt Rabbit and Squirrel and Learning to Fish for Stream Trout. These videos are featured on NWTF.org’s Lifestyle Hub and on its YouTube Channel.

Between 10 and 15 minutes in length, each video is intended to be a confidence-booster as much as it is a primer on the subject matter. While all four episodes are filmed in Wisconsin, the content is applicable to the majority of states east of the Rockies. 

“The series is a great introduction to the basics,” said Elizabeth Simpson, one of the featured participants in the series. “I would have definitely used it when I was starting out.”

Additional partners of the video project include the Ruffed Grouse Society and 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 hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed goals of conserving or enhancing more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruiting or retaining more than 1.5 million hunters and opening access to more than 500,000 acres for hunting and other recreation opportunities. This critical work will continue to impact wildlife habitat and our great outdoors in the final year of the initiative.

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