|NWTF Grand Ole Wild Turkey
|The NWTF has just made attending
the 2003 National Convention and Sports Show much easier with an online
registration form. The form is now available
National Wild Turkey Federation’s Annual Convention and Sport Show is a
sportsmen’s dream come true.
The exhibit floor rumbles with industry chatter about the latest and
greatest hunting products, events and entertainment—all for the benefit
of wild turkey and deer hunters. And, with more than 400 booths and dozens
of seminars and events, the excitement never ends.
This gathering of nearly 30,000 attendees each year celebrates wild
turkey and deer hunting, as well as wildlife conservation, in thrilling
fashion. Browse the latest in outdoor gear and accessories, participate
in outdoor hunting seminars, calling contests and art competitions and
enjoy first-class entertainment and newfound camaraderie. In addition,
this year’s convention will serve as host to the Bass Pro Shops “King of
Bucks” display. Six semi-trailers will haul more than 150 monstrous whitetail
mounts to the convention site for the first ever public showing, adding
to the event’s rising popularity since the first ever NWTF convention in
“A collage of events, entertainment, and dedicated wild turkey hunters
and enthusiasts make this convention one of a kind,” said Rob Keck, NWTF
CEO. “It truly is a sportsmen’s dream.”
What to look for: NWTF Calling Contests
Without question, a convention highlight is the Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF
Grand National Calling Championship. Entrants, numbering close to 100,
test their skill in the Senior, Team Challenge, Owl Hooting, Gobbling,
and Champion of Champions divisions. Spectators listen in awe as the nation’s
best compete for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. Judges with an ear
for wild turkey lingo score the competitors calls for one of the most coveted
game-calling titles in the world.
In addition, the NWTF Grand National Junior and Intermediate Calling
Championships feature the future generations of turkey callers. Youths
can strut and purr just like their calling idols and compete for their
“The calling contests are the highlight of the NWTF annual convention
and sport show,” said NWTF COO Carl Brown. “Past calling champions have
even appeared on the David Letterman and Jay Leno shows as well as many
of the major news stations.”
Country Music’s Best—When it comes to convention entertainment,
the NWTF’s reputation lures some of the finest. Lively comedians and country
music superstars are but a few acts that draw in thousands alone. The 2003
Convention in Nashville, Tenn. will include The Oak Ridge Boys and comedian
T. Bubba Bechtol on Thursday night. Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring
Jerry Douglas are scheduled to dazzle a packed crowd on Satudray night.
Wild Turkey Art
Some of the finest pieces of wildlife art and calls in the United States
are unveiled at the NWTF convention. The best artists in wildlife painting,
taxidermy, call making and carving display their work for all to admire,
judge and reward. The NWTF selects an NWTF Featured Artist of the Year,
Stamp Print Artist of the Year and “Best of Show” in the Master Division
of the Grand National Wild Turkey Taxidermy Championship, among many other
What to look for: Artists of the Call
Call collector and expert Howard Harlan once wrote that call making
is an “endearing American folk art.” Nowhere is this more evident than
at the NWTF’s Grand National Turkey Call Competition, where dozens of America’s
finest artists/callmakers compete for top honors at the premiere call making
Today, great turkey call makers are producing calls of such unique beauty
and artistry that the average hunter would think twice before taking them
into the woods.
Today’s decorative calls barely resemble the legendary Gibson, Turpin,
or Lynch calls and are so unique that each can certainly be recognized
as individual works of art.
Some don’t resemble turkey calls at all, but maybe a pile of oak leaves
and a turkey feather or a fiddle and bow.
Though not as elaborate, calls in the Working Calls division are no
less artistic. The calls in this category may not be as pretty as the decorative
calls, but the craftsmanship that goes into making a piece of wood or slate
sound like a turkey is truly an art form. In this division, call makers
from across the country put their reputations on the line as a panel of
experts carefully scrutinizes the whines, breaks in tone and overall amount
of turkey each call possesses.
Awarding NWTF’s Finest
Leading conservationist’s, dedicated volunteers, wildlife researchers,
wildlife officers, outdoor educators, corporate sponsors, NWTF communicators,
and the list goes on of those recognized at the NWTF Convention. Each year
the NWTF gives back to a membership that will soon top 500,000 by honoring
volunteers and experts who go above and beyond the call for the wild turkey.
NWTF chapters from around the country are also honored for membership numbers,
banquet performance and educational programming.
Conservation of the Wild Turkey, Preservation of our Hunting Heritage
There’s nothing more special than signing up to be a member of the NWTF
at the national convention. Thousands of attendees will make the choice
to join one of the fastest growing conservation organizations for the betterment
of the wild turkey and other wildlife.
What to look for: NWTF program opportunities
The JAKES, Wheelin’ Sportsmen and Women in the Outdoors outreach programs
offer endless opportunities to volunteers and participants, helping to
preserve the hunting tradtion. In addition, an endless list of NWTF national
and regional conservation programs ensure the future of wild turkey habitat
across the United States. The NWTF produces five colorful magazines, including
Turkey Call magazine, JAKES Magazine, Women In The Outdoors, The Caller,
and Wheelin’ Sportsmen magazine to members during the year. Conservation
programs offer seeds, saplings and land management tips for landowners
everywhere, which also lures in loads of attendees.
Convention attendees can stop by any of the program’s booths for more
information or to sign up.
The NWTF Convention is an event for volunteers, staff and the general
public to celebrate conservation successes and future projects. Convention
attendees will recognize the NWTF emphasis on wildlife habitat, conservation
of the wild turkey and the preservation of the hunting tradition. The convention
brings together some of the outdoor industry’s most well-known leaders
as well as those who for the first time join America’s premier conservation
2003 Convention Sponsors
For more information about the National Wild Turkey Federation's
Bass Pro Shops
Jeanette Cantrell Rudy
Marlin/H & R
Miller High Life
Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tennessee Chapters of the NWTF
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
Wild Turkey Bourbon
Operation SOS, contact Bobby Maddrey at (803) 637-3106.
For information on the National
Wild Turkey Federation,
call (803) 637-3106; check
out our website at www.nwtf.org or e-mail
questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 state wildlife agencies and the NWTF's many volunteers and partners,
today there are an estimated 5.4 million wild turkeys and approximately
2.6 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, more than
$135 million NWTF and cooperator
dollars have been spent on over 15,000 projects benefiting wild turkeys
throughout North America.
The NWTF is a 390,000-member
grassroots, nonprofit organization with members in 50 states, Canada and
11 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.