EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation has more than 40 years of conservation successes made possible by the dedicated NWTF members, volunteers, staff and partners working to conserve the wild turkey and preserve this country’s hunting heritage.
The conservation organization’s history is now on display in the Founder’s Exhibit for all who visit the NWTF Winchester Museum, the only museum fully dedicated to the American wild turkey.
“We are extremely happy to honor all who helped carve a successful path for the NWTF,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Visitors to our museum can now relive the early years of the NWTF and learn how we are moving forward to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt."
The Founder’s Exhibit includes, but is not limited to, the following displays:
- Highlight of NWTF Founder Tom Rodgers
- Interactive display of more than 40 years of history
- Wall of Firsts featuring artifacts from marquee events
- Mossy Oak selfie station
- NWTF outreach and awards Hall of Fame
Dean and Sharon Castillo, NWTF volunteers from McKinney, Texas, were a part of the first group to tour the new exhibits.
“It is great to get that historical perspective,” said Dean. “You look at the humble beginnings of when and where the NWTF started, and you get to see how far the NWTF has come since those days. It is pretty impressive.”
Sharon added, “Seeing the history also gives us a sense of pride and honor in being a part of the NWTF.”
In addition to the new Founder’s Exhibit, the NWTF unveiled a Winchester Ammunition exhibit, a Dinosaur Turkey exhibit and updated the museum’s wild turkey subspecies galleries.
The NWTF Winchester Museum is located at the organization’s headquarters in Edgefield, South Carolina.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, the NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. Without hunters, ther