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About dbutler

Dale Butler is the President of the Red Rock Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), A Life Member of the North American Hunting Club and a member of the Pennsylvania Deer Association. He is past President of the PA Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He also served as Chairman of the Board. Dale was inducted into the Turkey Hunter Hall of Fame in January 2005. Dale teaches turkey calling through seminars and NWTF programs such as the youth J.A.K.E.S. event and the Women in the Outdoors program. Under Dale’s directions the Red Rock Chapter has planted and clear cut hundreds of acres of game lands and restored historic buildings and trails on public lands. Dale is also the recipient of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Conservation Award. His commitment and dedication to the environment and outdoor awareness has been recognized by many agencies both on the state and national levels.Dale is a professional turkey hunter, guiding for Full Fan Lodge in Susquehanna County. He is the owner of Redneck Turkey Calls and a former professional turkey caller. He now judges turkey-calling contests throughout the state of Pennsylvania. He also enjoys deer hunting, snake hunting and fishing.Dale is widowed and lives in Noxen, Pennsylvania. You can E-MAIL Dale at: dcbutler@epix.net

Prescribed Burn Sorber Mountain 2020

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has completed a controlled burn on May 21, 2020. This will help to improve habitat for many different spiecies of Wildlife for years into the future.

There were 7 goals outlined with objectives to reduce the amount of undesirable species within a clear cut of a timber sale and promote further growth of more desirable species. Along with safety,monitoring fire behavior, communications and others.

I was present and would like to say, I personally have never experienced such professionalism the Pennsylvania Game Commission personal orchestrated during the entire process . They were well organized well disciplined and worked as a team that was unsurpassed.

I was also happy and thankful to be a volunteer that gave to me the opportunity to be present to witness this incredible event. My hat off to The Pennsylvania Game Commission for all they do.

April 2020 meeting

The regular Red Rock Chapter NWTF held at the farmers in on the third Monday which is April 20th is cancelled. At this time I am not sure about the May meeting. I will try to inform everybody with an advanced notice.

Pennsylvania Turkey Biologist Casalena Receives National Award 2020

For Immediate ReleaseFor more information, contact Pete Muller (803) 637-7698 or pmuller@nwtf.net

Casalena Receives National Conservation Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Mary Jo Casalena has long been involved in wild turkey management through her work at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and the National Wild Turkey Federation recognized her efforts with a national award.

“I feel extremely honored to receive the Henry S. Mosby award,” Casalena said. “Never did I imagine I’d be in the ranks of past recipients, many of whom have been my mentors since I became the wild turkey biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 1999. This award actually is in recognition of my colleagues at the Game Commission, NWTF and the Pennsylvania Chapter NWTF.  We all have worked diligently together during for more than 20 years to advance wild turkey research and management in Pennsylvania with application across the US.”

Casalena accepted the Henry S. Mosby Award during the 44th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

The NWTF named the award for Henry S. Mosby, Ph.D., whose research during the mid-1900s set the standard for wild turkey management. Mosby also helped found The Wildlife Society and won its highest honor, the Aldo Leopold Medal.

Casalena’s accomplishments as a turkey biologist are numerous. Her primary focus for the Pennsylvania Game Commission has been regulating turkey hunting seasons and bag limits through research to maintain robust turkey populations in the state.

Casalena is actively involved in the National Technical Committee, Northeast Upland Game Bird Technical Committee, WMU 5A Turkey Task Force and routinely attends Pennsylvania NWTF meetings, providing updates on harvests, population trends and research.

Casalena is also a dedicated and active member of her local chapter, the Juniata Gobblers.

“The NWTF is fortunate to have individuals like Mary Jo who dedicate their lives to the conservation of wildlife and habitat,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We are proud to honor her with this award and look forward to her continued support for the wild turkey in Pennsylvania.”

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. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.

National Wild Turkey Federation
PO Box 530
Edgefield South Carolina 29824
United States

Seed Subsity Program through National Wild Turkey Federation 2020

NWTF Subsidy Program

Dear NWTF Members,Once again, your State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is offering seed and possibly other land management products to its adult members at a discount through the State Subsidy Program.

This exclusive online ordering system will give you the member the opportunity to quickly and easily pay for your subsidized order, saving time and helping us to continue to improve our efficiency.

This online ordering system will replace printed forms and eliminate the need to fax or mail your order as you did in the past. This will give you access to available products in your state and you will receive a confirmation email at the end of your order. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please check your SPAM folder.

This is a first-come, first-served program, so order early!  We are unable to accept phone orders.

To view your state’s offerings and access the new online system, visit www.nwtf.org/subsidy.

NOTE: To access the online ordering page, the cookies on your computer must be enabled. You must either enter your membership number or type your name and address exactly as it appears on the address of Turkey Country magazine.

Prescribed Fire

Controlled burns are a effective way to remove undesirable weed species. Burns also regenerate growth that may not have had a chance to thrive due to less desirable plant types. these pictures are of grassy fields being burned, however there are many burns that have been done and many scheduled for forest areas that will create new cover and food sources, for many different types of wildlife.

Prescribed fire is a great way to improve habitat for many different types of wildlife.

Please remember prescribed burns should only be performed by professionals. Fires can be unpredictable and dangerous if you are untrained on fire controls.