Des Moines, Iowa - The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is partnering with Polk County Conservation and Dubuque County Conservation to offer a yearlong programs in 2018 that will focus on connecting individuals to the outdoors.

Novice participants will have the opportunity to attend monthly skill-building clinics and events that will include an introduction to wildlife conservation, hunter education and firearm safety, hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoors activities.  Each participant will be paired with a certified mentor to provide support during these activities.

The NWTF, Polk County and Dubuque County Conservation are currently recruiting 15-20 participants for the 2018 year-long program focusing on novice individuals 21 to 45 years old.  Clinics and events will be held around the Polk County and Dubuque County area and kick off in January 2018.

Participants applying for this program will need to complete the online hunter education and be committed to attending clinics and outdoor activities for three to four hours a month for 12 consecutive months.  There will be a small registration fee of $135.00 that will cover required licenses.

We are also seeking mentors, both male and female, that are willing to help teach and guide participants through the program. Mentors should be a minimum age of 21 and free of any criminal record. Background checks will be conducted for all mentors. 

β€œTo ensure the future of hunting and outdoor sports, we need to educate future generations about what it means to be a hunter and a conservationist,” said Stacey Sipe Smith, NWTF Save the Hunt Coordinator for Iowa.


Polk Co. Participant Application

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Dubuque Co. Participant Application

Mentor Application