Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 87 License Plate Feature: National Wild Turkey Federation By: Jordan Kelch, Public Relations This holiday season, when digging into the mashed potatoes and cutting a slice of pie, pay extra notice to the beautiful turkey at the center of the feast. This bird, for centuries, has been a benchmark of holiday celebrations. However, turkeys are much more than just a tasty entrée. Interestingly enough, there are two types of turkeys in North America: the domestic and the wild. While both share the same genetic make-up, the similarities are few and far between. Did you know that wild turkeys, one of the largest game birds around, can fly great distances at high speeds? In fact, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, wild turkeys, in a sprint, can outrun a galloping horse. They can also fly up to 55 miles per hour, a feat that no domestic turkey can stand by. Due to selective breeding, our barnyard turkeys have lost the ability to go airborne. While domestic turkeys sport short legs, heavy bodies and large breasts, the wild turkey is known for its height, slim frame and long legs. It’s fascinating that one of the most popular game birds also happens to be one of the most difficult for hunters to target. Speaking of hunters and game, roughly 45 years ago, the population of wild turkeys in North America had dwindled to around 1.5 million. Therefore, in 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was formed. This organization worked to not only increase the population of turkeys in America, but to also create a more feasible habitat for game birds of all kinds. Simply put, they wanted to save the habitat and save the hunt. Due to the efforts of this group, wild turkey population eventually hit an all-time high with roughly 7 million turkeys occupying the northwest. This feat didn’t happen overnight, though. A strategic plan was put in place, based around improving forest health, habitat diversity, water quality and pine management. By restoring prairies, savannas and oak woodlands, the NWTF was able to increase winter survival while boosting the overall quality of life for these turkeys. And the Federation’s mission is far from finished. To order a “National Wild Turkey Federation” license plate, and to support the habitat and the hunt, visit your local county clerk office or branch. All owners of non-commercial motor vehicles registered for use on Kentucky highways are eligible. The initial cost is $44.00 with an annual renewal fee of $31.00. $10.00 of the initial issuance fee and renewal fee are voluntary contributions. This plate is available for personalization with an additional $25.00 application fee annually. To view more information about this plate, and about the National Wild Turkey Federation, visit This personalized plate is limited to a maximum of 5 characters.