Nation's Top Turkey Callers Flock to Nashville
Whether cutting, yelping, gobbling or hooting, Wild
Turkey Bourbon/National Wild Turkey Federation Grand National Calling
contestants feel the pressure during the “Super Bowl” of turkey
The championships will draw the best turkey callers from across North
America to compete at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
in Nashville, Tenn., February 22 to Feb. 25, during the NWTF’s 31st
annual National Convention and Sport Show.
“It’s (Grand National Calling Contest) the most prestigious contest out
there,” said Matt Van Cise, two-time Grand National Champion and
current titleholder. “You have to qualify to compete, and it’s just a
privilege to stand up there.”
During the competition, contestants must perform a variety of calls for
the judges – such as a hen’s yelp or a young turkey’s kee kee run–
without knowing what sounds they’ll have to mimic until they’re on
stage. The judges – experts on turkey hunting and calling – score the
contestants by accuracy and tone.
Contestants must qualify to compete in the Seniors, Champion of
Champions and Friction divisions by winning first place in an
NWTF-sanctioned open, state or world division calling contest, being
21-years-old or older and NWTF members.
Only Grand National Senior, World Open or Natural Voice World champions
are eligible to compete in the Rare Breed Champion of Champions
“The NWTF Grand National Calling Championships are some of the toughest
calling contests in the world,” said Rob Keck, NWTF CEO. “The top
turkey callers compete here because they’re competing against the best.
If they win, they know they’re the best.”
In addition to the championships, participants can also take part in
the lighthearted Spit, Drum and Gobbling Show, on Friday, Feb. 23.
Contestants dress as turkeys to strut, spit and gobble for the
enjoyment of the crowd.
Past calling champions have appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and “Live with Regis and
“The calling contests are a major highlight of the NWTF’s annual
Convention and Sport Show,” Keck said. “These championships allow the
top callers to be rewarded and recognized for their hard work and
talent, but it’s also a lot of fun for everyone involved.”
The Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Calling Championships will
be a centerpiece of the NWTF’s 31th annual National Convention and
Sport Show. This year’s convention will house more than 500 exhibitors
showing the latest in turkey hunting gear, entertainment by big-name
stars and seminars by prestigious speakers in the hunting world. Wild
Turkey Bourbon has sponsored the Senior, Rare Breed Champion of
Champions, Spit Drum and Gobble, Team Challenge, Owl Hooting and
Gobbling championships since 1994.
For more information about the NWTF’s 31st annual Convention and Sport
Show, or the Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Calling
Championships call (800) THE-NWTF or go online at www.nwtf.org .
The 31st annual Convention and Sport Show calling contest schedule of events:
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Friction Calling Contest
Friday, February 23, 2007
Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Senior Division Preliminaries
NWTF Grand National Intermediate Calling Championships
Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Spit, Drum and Gobbling Show
Saturday, February 24, 2007
NWTF Grand National Junior Calling Championships
Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Gobbling Championships
Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Owl Hooting Championships
Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Senior Division Finals
Sunday, February 24, 2007
Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Team Challenge Championships
Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Rare Breed Champion of Champions Competition
2007 NWTF annual Convention and Sport Show Sponsors:
About the NWTF: In 1973, when the National Wild Turkey Federation was
founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5
million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the
NWTF’s many volunteers and partners, today there are more than 7
million wild turkeys and nearly 3 million turkey hunters. Since 1985,
the NWTF and its cooperators have spent more than $230 million
upholding hunting traditions and conserving more than 11.3 million
acres of wildlife habitat.
The NWTF is a nonprofit organization with 545,000 members in 50 states,
Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific
wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as
wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.
For more information on the National Wild Turkey Federation, call (803) 637-3106, or check out our Web site at www.nwtf.org.