August 19, 2004

National Wild Turkey Federation To Host Banquet In Memphis

While it is a little early in the year for hunters to be gearing up for turkey season, local longbeard enthusiasts will have the opportunity to gather in Memphis this weekend for the 2nd Annual National Wild Turkey Federation Super Fund Membership Banquet for the Lake Show-Me Chapter.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, August 21 at the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the V.F.W. in Memphis. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. with an auction and other entertainment to follow.

The auction will feature a number of framed prints, wildlife artwork, NWTF merchandise, hunting accessories and much more. The evening will also feature a number of raffles including one for the NWTF Gun of the Year, a limited edition Remington Model 1100 28-gauge shotgun. Youths will have a chance to win the JAKES gun of the year, a New England Firearms .22/.410 VERSA-PACK. Additional guns will be raffled off or given away as contest prizes in the evening including a Winchester 7mm rifle, an Armco 12 gauge over and under and Henry lever action .22 rifle.

For more information on the banquet or to purchase tickets for the event or the raffles contact local banquet committee members Tom Coffrin, Robert Arnold, Chris Forquer, Dorsey Swearingen or Chris Comstock..

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.

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, S.C., where it is headquartered today.

Thanks to the work of federal, state and provincial wildlife agencies and the NWTFs many volunteers and partners, there are now over 6.4 million wild turkeys and approximately 2.6 million turkey hunters. Turkey hunting has become the fastest growing form of hunting and has the second-highest number of participants of any type of hunting.

Since 1985, more than $186 million NWTF and cooperator dollars have been spent on over 27,000 projects benefiting wild turkeys and other game and non-game 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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