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For Immediate Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — North America’s top wildlife and folk artists will vie for prestigious titles and thousands of dollars in awards and prizes during the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) 33rd annual National Convention and Sport Show.

Held Feb. 19 to Feb. 22, 2009, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., the convention will feature taxidermy, callmaking and photography contests that welcome both novice and experienced artisans to showcase their skills.

During the convention – themed “The Year of the Volunteer” – the NWTF will present awards to its top volunteers and chapters to recognize their great accomplishments as well.

Convention-goers also can enjoy performances by country music entertainers Blake Shelton, Rhett Akins, Daryle Singletary, Andy Griggs and singer and comedian Paul Harris, plus 10 calling contests, live and silent auctions offering everything from art prints to fine furs to once-in-a-lifetime hunting trips, a four-acre exhibit hall with more than 545 exhibitor booths and even a few surprises.

The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973 and has worked with wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations from 1.3 million wild turkeys to nearly 7 million today. Now, NWTF’s volunteers raise funds and work daily to improve critical wildlife habitat, increase access to public hunting land and introduce new people to the outdoors and hunting.

For information about the NWTF’s taxidermy competitions, visit

For information about the NWTF’s call making competitions, visit

For information about the NWTF’s photography competitions, visit

For more information on the NWTF’s 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show, or to become a member, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit <> .

2009 NWTF Convention Sponsors:

  • Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
  • ATK/Federal Premium Ammunition
  • Bank of America
  • BASF
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Browning
  • Call Makers and Collectors Association of America
  • Chevrolet
  • Crescent Cardboard Co., LLC
  • Foxy Huntress
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
  • Harrington & Richardson Company
  • Knight Rifles
  • Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
  • Longleaf Camo
  • Marlin Firearms Company
  • Mathews Archery
  • Motorola
  • Nashville Convention and Visitors  Bureau
  • National Band and Tag
  • O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
  • Outdoor Channel
  • The Outdoor Connection
  • Realtree Outdoor Products, Inc.
  • Remington Arms Company, Inc.
  • South Carolina State Chapter
  • Tennessee State Chapter
  • USDA Forest Service
  • U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
  • Weatherby, Inc.
  • Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Winchester Division/Olin Corp.


Shannon Coggin at (803) 637-3106