July 31, 2003

Show-Me Longbeards To Host First WTF Banquet In Memphis

Wildlife enthusiasts from across northeast Missouri will be converging on Memphis Friday, August 1 for the premier banquet of the Lake Show-Me Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) in Memphis.

The NWTF is a half million member grassroots, nonprofit organization with members in 50 states, Canada and 11 other 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.

This will mark the first year for a chapter in Scotland County. The group will kick off its creation with its 1st Annual Wild Turkey Super Fund Membership Banquet at the V.F.W. in Memphis. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a barbecue dinner being served by the Scotland County Rotary Club at 7:30 p.m. Throughout the evening there will be a number of raffles and games to go along with a silent auction of prizes and NWTF memorabilia.

The evening will conclude with a live auction of more than 40 items including wildlife artwork, sculptures, and other keepsakes and outdoor materials. The artwork includes prints and other pieces depicting songbirds, deer, elk, hunting dogs and of course there are a few turkeys in there as well.

A total of five guns will be given away by the chapter throughout the evening.

Single tickets are $35 with a couples ticket costing $50. Youths may purchase a Jake ticket for $15. Sponsor tickets are also on sale for $250 giving the buyer a ticket in the special sponsor raffle.

For more information contact any of the committee members, Robert Arnold, Chris Comstock, Tom Coffrin, Dorsey Swearingen or Chris Forquer.

In 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in Fredericksburg, VA. At that time, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Shortly after its founding, the NWTF moved to Edgefield, SC, where it is headquartered today.

Thanks to the work of federal, state and provincial wildlife agencies and the NWTF's many volunteers and partners, there are now an estimated 6.4 million wild turkeys and approximately 2.6 million turkey hunters. Turkey hunting has become the second highest participated type of hunting and is the fastest growing form of hunting.

Since 1985, more than $175 million NWTF and cooperator dollars have been spent on over 24,000 projects benefiting wild turkeys and other game and nongame species throughout North America. Hunters have also benefited as the NWTF has worked tirelessly to support our hunting heritage and protect and promote laws that increase hunting opportunity and safety.

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