New England is one of the most overlooked regions for good turkey hunting.
Fred Bird, the New England Regional Director of the National Wild Turkey Federation, is featured in this story set against the backdrop of a New Hampshire turkey hunt in Fred’s home state. He talks about the evolving turkey culture of New England and shares inspiring stories that showcase the rising appeal of this American tradition to growing numbers of individuals and groups never before exposed to the hunting community.
New Hampshire (along with New England) is considered an up-and-coming region of the country for turkey hunting. With much later seasons than southern areas, it allows many to continue their passionate pursuit of this iconic American bird.
When that turkey hollers back at you, you got him to do that. That’s special … There is nothing else in the hunting woods that can compare to that for me.” – Fred Bird
You can catch Fred on the Morning Thunder Podcast along with co-host Jay Scott as they explore all things turkey hunting and address hunting conservation issues throughout the country.
This film was made in collaboration with the National Wild Turkey Federation, which has been at the forefront of turkey conservation efforts in the United States since 1973 and continues to expand its work to benefit all wildlife through habitat management.
“When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of dedicated work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. The foundation of our success? Standing behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners, we have had many successes that advanced our mission. Together, we have facilitated the investment of $488 million in wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America’s hunting heritage. Our returns have included improving more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year.” — NWTF website
A.J. DeRosa is an American filmmaker and the Founder and Creative Director of Northwoods Collective. While he is most widely known for the award-winning Project Upland series, he made his first mark in the hunting industry as the critically-acclaimed author of the cult classic The Urban Deer Complex and, more recently, The Urban Deer Complex 2.0. A.J. expanded his work toward the larger mission of recruiting and welcoming millennial hunters by conducting and applying cutting-edge market research across the Northwoods Collective brands. Now a passionate bird hunter, you can find A.J. following Grim, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, through the uplands with his wife, Sabrina, and oldest son, Marty McFly.