NWTF Sport Show
year the Calling Competition is one of the biggest events at the NWTF convention.
Here is a photo gallery taken as they went onstage. Team
Turkey Call Making
calls are donated to the NWTF and are sold at auction at the show. Most
of the calls are sold by silent auction but something new was added this
year, the First Annual Premier Grand National Custom Call Live Auction.
Dick Rosenlieb was auctioneer. MORE...
Creative Turkey Calls
Constantine's decorative wild turkey calls are a legend amoung wild turkey
enthusiasts. Here are pics of 10 of Dave's imaginative creations. To
An Interview with
America's #1 call maker, Dave Constantine
NWTF attracts the best call makers ever assembled in one location. And
the best of the best is one carver and call maker whose calls have placed
in the top three places more than any other maker. That man is Dave
Constantine. I met Dave last year at the 2003 NWTF convention. He had
entered deveral calls. Most had winning ribbons. His calls are very distinctive.
I can look at Dave’s work and pick it out as one of his pieces. This year
Dave entered six calls in 6 of the 16 categories and all 6 won ribbons.
How neat is that! I asked Dave why he chose those six categories." To
Guillotine - New Bowhunting Product, New Bowhunting Concept
by Fred Lutger
"The crowd around the Arrowdynamic
Solutions booth was five people deep. They stopped to see Matt Futtere’s
new Turkey hunting broadhead the Gobbler Guillotine. One glance at their
video and so did I. Here's a very unique item for those who bowhunt turkey."
Sport Show - Knight & Hale Seminar
Knight & David Hale gave their seminar on the Spring Transitions
Of The Wild Turkey. There are 5 separate Transitions. In phase 1 the hens
and gobblers travel and roost together in flocks. Next the flocks break
into smaller groups and the gobblers group up with similar sized Toms and
follow hen groups around and strut and show off for them. Then the dominate
Gobblers hook up with a small group of hens and roost with them. Calling
can get tough now because when a gobbler flies down he will go where the
hens go. Soon the gobblers are breading multiple hens and having hens that
are laying eggs look for them to bread again. Finally the gobblers are
alone and wandering near and far searching for a hen that has not been
bread. A gobbler is easiest to call in this phase and hunting strut zones
and travel corridors is productive. Knight & Hale, as you would expect,
know their stuff and their interactions with one other made their seminar
Sport Show - Day #2 - Continued
Feb 21 Day #2 Continued
- One of the truly unique events at the show is the Decorative Turkey
Call Competition. The craftsmanship and creativity of these calls is truly
impressive. The Duck took the pics and here, courtesy of the National Wild
Turkey Federation, is the photo gallery of the
Decorative Turkey Calls..
Wild Turkey Species:
There are 6 different species of the Wild Turkey: the Osceola in South
Florida, Eastern in the Eastern U.S,, Rio Grande in the South West, Merriam's
in the Rockies and North West, Gould in Arizona, and Mexico, and the Oscellated
in Central America. The show has a section with a mount of each one. 6
Sport Show - Day #2 - More Good Stuff
(Feb 21) Day #2 -
For starters, here are photos
of the contestants while calling in yesterday's Intermediate
Division turkey calling competition.
Deer mounts are always cool
and the show has some nice ones in that division of the taxidermy competition.
A personal favorite is the
Art competition, kids from 6 to 16 enter their artwork and it is
indeed a pleasure to see their creative compositions.
We saw several interesting
new products and will have pics and details (pronto) on the Gobbler Guillotine
turkey broadhead, Bow 0nly Outdoors "Vertical Advantage "bow holder, Woodhaven
Turkey Calls, the Real Tail turkey fan, Bob Kirschner's combination Deer
& Turkey Call, the Hunter Cam treestand camera holder, the BOSS SUV
do-it-all Turkey Tool, and the Moto Magnet motion system for turkey decoys.
It was a long and busy day
which we finished up at Barley's Irish restaurant across the street.
NWTF Sport Show - Day #1
Keeton Calls Up A NWTF Trophy
(Feb 20) Day #1
Tim Hooey, Art &
Kindell Keeton with his Intermediate Division trophy.
Our first stop was
Tim Hooey's seminar on "Bowhunting Wild Turkey." Tim did a good job, he
was very informative. Next we went to the Wildlife Art Competition area
and the Taxidermy Competition for Wild Turkey. Go
To Day #1 for more about this as well as linki to the art and taxidermy
Kindell Keeton -
If you've seen our coverage of this show in past years you've seen pics
of my bud Kindell Keeton. Today Kindell (age 17) competed in the Intermediate
calling championships and placed 5th. To
Day #1 & links to the Pics
NWTF Sport Show - Set Up Day
Rich Walton, Robert Hoague
& Fred Lutger
|(Feb 19) We picked
up Rich Walton and Fred Lutger at the Columbus airport late this afternoon.
Then we drove to the Convention Center. To Set
NWTF Sport Show - Travel Day
(Feb 18) My truck
was rolling smooth and running cool all day long, dawn to dusk ... and
another 4 hours. Right now it's motel time in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Tomorrow afternoon the Duck and I will be at the Columbus airport to pick
up Rich Walton and Fred Lutger. Then we will check in at the show and get
our press passes. Look for pics, and news from the shows and its events
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