NASHVILLE, Tenn. Outdoor experts from across the country will be sharing their secrets to hunting success during the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show, held Feb. 19 to Feb. 22, 2009 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.
For tens of thousands of hunters attending the convention and sport show, the plethora of seminars held throughout the weekend represents a chance to discover the edge they need to bag that boss tom, gain expert insight through question-and-answer sessions with the pros, introduce newcomers to hunting and much more.
The following represent a few of the seminars available during the weekend. Times are subject to change.
*Tips on Buddy Hunting by Alex Rutledge and Eddie Salter, Hunter’s Specialties, Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
*Using Scent Technology for Monster White-tails by Steve Stoltz, Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
*Outdoor Cooking Tips by Mark Kelly, Lodge Manufacturing, Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
*Competition Calling 101 by past NWTF/Wild Turkey Bourbon Grand National Calling Contest Champions, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
*Turkey Calling 101 for Kids by Lance Hanger, NWTF Grand National Intermediate Turkey Calling Champion, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
*Women in the Outdoors Fly-Tying Course by Tim Beaumont, NWTF’s 2007 Conservation Educator of the Year, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
But the convention and sport show is not just for hunters; a special section of the convention hall called The Roost will feature areas for youth to have fun as they learn about wildlife and the outdoors. The Roost will also host entertaining and encouraging seminars custom-tailored to help women, youth and those with disabilities discover new outdoor hobbies.
Welcoming guests to Nashville for the convention will be NWTF Spokeswoman and First Lady of Hunting™ Brenda Valentine and NWTF Spokesman and host of ”Realtree Roadtrips” and “Bone Collector” television shows Michael Waddell.
“I attended my first NWTF Convention when I was 17, and I’ve been back every single year since, said Waddell. “If you’re anticipating the 2009 spring turkey season as much as I am, the NWTF Convention and Sport Show is one event you definitely don’t want to miss.”
Since its founding in 1973, the NWTF’s volunteers have made continual advancements in wild turkey conservation and protecting America’s hunting traditions.
”Join myself, Michael and tens of thousands of your closest friends for a weekend of fun, camaraderie, patriotism and celebration of the wild turkey and its conservation success,” said Valentine. ”We’ll have something fun for everyone in Nashville this February. Join us for a brand new show in your favorite place!”
General admission tickets for the event cost only $10 daily or $25 for a three-day pass. The ticket also grants admission to the exhibit hall, where participants can stock up on the industry’s newest gear and gadgets from more than 545 exhibitors. Ticket holders can also see the world’s best turkey callers strut their stuff during the NWTF’s Grand National Calling Contests, sponsored by Wild Turkey Bourbon.
To view more seminars being held over the weekend, visit the NWTF’s Convention and Sport Show Web site at: www.nwtf.org/special_events/convention_info_14.html.
More information about The Roost is available at: www.nwtf.org/special_events/convention_info_6.html.
2009 NWTF Convention Sponsors:
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, ATK/Federal Premium Ammunition, Bank of America, 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, MeadWestvaco, 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., S.F.I- Sustainable Forestry Initiative, South Carolina State Chapter, Tennessee State Chapter, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Weatherby, Inc., Wild Turkey Bourbon, Winchester Division/Olin Corp.
To become a member of Team NWTF or get more information about the 33rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show, including a daily agenda, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.
About the NWTF: In 1973, Tom Rodgers founded the National Wild Turkey Federation in Fredericksburg, Va., as a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting traditions. Shortly thereafter, Rodgers relocated the NWTF to Edgefield, S.C., where it’s still headquartered today.
At the time NWTF was established, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds throughout North America, thanks to the efforts of state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members and partners.
Growth and progress define the NWTF as it has expanded from 1,300 members in 1973 to nearly a half million today. With that growth has come impressive strides in wildlife management as the NWTF has forged dynamic partnerships across the country to further its conservation mission. Together, the NWTF’s partners, sponsors and grassroots members have raised and spent more than $279 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 14 million acres of wildlife habitat.
While wild turkey restoration is nearing completion, the NWTF still has much work to do. Across North America, supporters are working to enhance habitat for wild turkeys and other wildlife while providing hunters with more opportunities and access to public and private land. In addition, NWTF volunteers and partners are introducing youth, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors through special educational events.
If you would like to become a member of Team NWTF, join a committee or start a chapter, please visit our Web site at www.nwtf.org or call us at 800-THE-NWTF.