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A 2,180 Mile Hike for Wild Turkeys? This is Why

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One long time NWTF member will take a 2,180 mile hike for wild turkeys this summer and you'll love the reason why.

Brandon Jacob, who is from Houston, Texas and will turn 50 years old in late 2016 has been working for the last year on building up a plan to take a 2,180 mile hike for wild turkeys this year. Jacob has planned to through-hike the entire Appalachian Trail this summer in an effort to raise funds to bring the improve the habitats and bring larger numbers of Eastern wild turkey back to East Texas.

Jacob will begin his hike along the length of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia in early April of 2016 and plans for the trip to last around six months, meaning that he should arrive in Maine, 2,180 miles later around late September.

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The Appalachian Trail, a 2,180 mile hike.

Jacob has partnered up with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), as well as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to raise the money for the restoration of the Eastern wild turkey population and habitat. The TPWD has agreed to match every dollar raised by Jacob with a 4-to-1 contribution; this means that if Jacob reaches his personal goal of $50,000 then the TPWD will donate $200,000 for a total of $250,000 to be used for the wild turkey population.

You can follow Jacob as he finalizes his preparations and sets off on the hike through his personal blog, or donate money to the cause through the NWTF.

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