Today starts the 33rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, TN.

I had a chance to speak to some of the exhibitors while they were setting up Thursday and everyone agreed that there should be a fantastic turn out.



Shelah Zmigrosky, founder & designer of Foxy Huntress who had my good friend & Five Time World Archery Champion, Joella Bates-DeWitt lending her a helping hand


The guys from Hunter Specialties had their work cut out for them. They have one of the biggest booths at the show this year.


More photos and coverage to come from the 33rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, TN.




Friday, Feb. 20th:

* Federal Breakfast* – 7:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Highlighting great achievements in wildlife conservation and recognizing NWTF Wheelin’Sportsmen, Women in the Outdoors and JAKES volunteers and their outstanding events. Awards will be presented.
* Registration – 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
* Let’s Talk Turkey – Educators’ Workshop – 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
* Wild Turkey Bourbon NWTF Calling Preliminaries (Senior Division) – 9:00 a.m. – Noon
* Exhibit Hall and JAKES Junction Activities – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
* Seminars – 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
* Technical Committee Meeting – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
* Hunt Luncheon/Auction – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
* Technical Committee Awards Lunch – Noon – 2:00 p.m.
* Calling Contest – Intermediate Division – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
* JAKES, Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin’ Sportsmen Joint Leadership Meeting – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
* Wild Turkey Bourbon Bash – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
* NWTF Grand National Auction and Dinner – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21st:

* Winchester Breakfast * – 7:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
A time to honor veterans and active military, who through great sacrifice, maintain the freedom we all enjoy.
* Registration – 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
* Exhibit Hall and JAKES Junction Activities – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
* Calling Contest – Junior Division and Poults (age 10 & under) – 9:00 a.m. – Noon
* 6th Annual Custom Call Reception & Auction – 9:00 a.m. – Noon
* Seminars – 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
* Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer’s Meeting and Lunch – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
* Ladies Luncheon/Auction – 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
* The Open Auction-General Admission Required – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
* Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Sr. Finals & Rare Breed Champion of Champions – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
* Awards Banquet – 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dinner, entertainment by comedian Paul Harris; music by Daryle Singletary, Rhett Akins and Andy Griggs
Awards presented: Kansas Gov. Hunt Essay Winner, Corporate Achievement, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Henry Mosby Award, C.B. McLeod, Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award
LA Dixon awards will be presented at the Leadership Meeting on Thursday.

Sunday, Feb. 22nd:

* Registration – 7:15 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
* Remington Arms Breakfast* – 7:10 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
A time to gather for worship, honor our creator and encourage our spirits.
Music led by Gary Morris.
* Exhibit Hall and JAKES Junction Activities – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
* Seminars – 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
* Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Gobbling, Owl Hooting, and Team Challenge Calling Championships – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
* Show Ends – 4:00 p.m.

Click Here to view the Convention and Sport Show’s seminar schedule.

*All breakfast tickets are $20 per person. Everyone welcome!

For more information about the NWTF’s Convention and Sport Show, visit http://www.nwtf.org/special_events/convention.html.

For more information about the NWTF 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 $286 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.