Before novice turkey hunters head into the field this season, they’ll have to hit the books–or actually, the DVDs. This spring, the National Wild Turkey Federation is releasing a new interactive curriculum for hunter-safety courses based on recommendations from a meeting of the National Turkey Hunting Safety Task Force. The curriculum is meant to reduce the accident rate for turkey hunting–which has already dropped from 8.1 injuries per 100,000 hunters in 1991 to 2.95 per 100,000 today–and will enable hunter-safety instructors to tailor their own interactive programs via a DVD and CD-ROM set.

“Students today expect their lessons to come in a high-tech package,” says Tammy Sapp, NWTF vice president of communications. “Here, state-of-the-art technology will deliver strategies that are proven to be the safest and most successful ways to hunt wild turkeys.” –KIMBERLY HISS

3 million Increase in the North American breeding mallard population from 1985 to 2003

1,660,611 Acres of wetlands restored on CRP land

1,101,187 Miles of stream and riverbank protected as of 2003

2,355,345 Acres of designated wildlife habitat established on CRP land

398,400 Increase in the South Dakota pheasant harvest from 1983 to 2003