Turkey Enthusiasts to Showcase Talents at NWTF Convention

Turkey Enthusiasts to Showcase Talents at NWTF Convention
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National Wild Turkey Federation
National Wild Turkey Federation

EDGEFIELD, S.C. —-(AmmoLand.com)- Talent is abundant in the wide world of wild turkey enthusiasts; a fact that can be witnessed at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 34th annual Convention and Sport Show sponsored by MidwayUSA, Feb. 18-21.

Hundreds of entrants in a variety of convention contests will descend on the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville, Tenn., to put their craftsmanship, artwork and calling abilities on display for the tens of thousands of convention goers expected to attend this year’s events.

Headlining the convention’s contests are the Wild Turkey Bourbon Grand National Calling Contests that feature the Senior, Friction, Champion of Champions, Owl Hooting, Gobbling and the Team Challenge divisions.

Youth callers will also get time on competitive wild turkey calling’s biggest stage as they compete in the Poults, Junior and Intermediate Grand National Calling Championships.

“Each year, the best turkey callers in the world circle a few dates on their calendars,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Callers of all ages know that the third weekend in February is the Grand National Calling Championships and as the ‘Super Bowl’ of turkey calling contests, these are the titles they want to win most.”

Also up for grabs are titles for the world’s best game call makers as the NWTF Grand National Call Making Contest will crown several winners. A panel of experts in the fields of call making, calling and hunting evaluate calls within four Grand National divisions: the Hunting Turkey Call division; the Decorative Turkey Call division; Hunting Duck and Goose division; and Decorative Duck and Goose division.

Each division is separated into a number of categories based on various types of calls hunters use. Unlike the near-perfect sounds required to win a category in the hunter divisions, winners in the decorative call divisions and categories are crowned based upon the elaborate painting, sculpting, craftsmanship and detail used to decorate a turkey call.

Also adding their artistic flavor to the convention exhibit hall will be some of North America’s top taxidermists in the Grand National Taxidermy Competition. Contestants will compete in two species categories: white-tailed deer and wild turkey, and three skill divisions: commercial, professional and masters.

Using wild turkeys as inspiration, youth artists will showcase their abilities in the NWTF’s Youth Art Contest. Competing artists are judged in four age groups: 6 to 8; 9 to 11; 12 to 14 and 15 to 17. The top three entries in each age group are rewarded with prize money, with fourth-place artists receiving a one-year JAKES/Xtreme JAKES membership and a JAKE/Xtreme JAKES T-shirt.

“The talents and abilities on display during the contests at the 34th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show are a testament to the passion that millions of men and women throughout North America have for wildlife conservation and the outdoors,” said Thornton. “You have to really love the wilderness and its creatures to spend time, year-round, crafting an artistic turkey call or practicing the perfect owl hoot.”

During the convention, NWTF volunteers, members, and staff as well as the general public gather to celebrate the Federation’s accomplishments and plan for the future at several featured banquets. Entertainment from Jeff Foxworthy, Little Big Town and Colt Ford make banquet tickets a hot item throughout the weekend. With more than 550 booths filled with the latest outdoor gear, the sport show at the NWTF Convention is one of the nation’s largest gatherings of industry retailers and professionals, outfitters, and television personalities.

A record was set when more than 43,000 people attended the 2009 convention. This year, general admission passes to the sport show, calling contests, seminars from hunting professionals and more are available to the public for only $12.

Founded in 1973, the NWTF and its members are dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. For more information about the NWTF or to register for 34th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show sponsored by MidwayUSA, visit www.nwtf.org.

About the NWTF:
The National Wild Turkey Federation is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation organization that is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, raised and spent more than $306 million, and conserved nearly 14 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

The Federation also works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through special outdoor education events and its outreach programs – Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.

The NWTF was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C. According to many state and federal agencies, the comeback of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history. Visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF for details.