Turkey hunters are expected to flock to Nashville Feb. 12-15 for the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sports Show.
The 39th annual event will host a plethora of exhibits, information booths, turkey calling competitions, auctions, and even celebrity autograph sessions at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
After visiting exhibits from the likes of Beretta, iScope, the Wild Turkey distillery, and more turkey-call brands than you can count, convention visitors can head over to the Wild Turkey Bourbon Waterin’ Hole for some bourbon tasting. They can also attend the Grand National Auction and bid on once-in-a-lifetime hunts, limited-edition guns, original artwork, outdoor equipment, and other unique items.
The NWTF convention wouldn’t be complete without plenty of raffles. Visitors can buy tickets to win exclusive items, firearms, or the grand prize of a Bad Boy Buggie. Many attendees, however, are only interested in the Grand National Calling Championships, where callers of all ages compete for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.
“Winning a title at the NWTF Grand National Calling Championships is like reaching the summit of a mountain. There is no higher place among the turkey calling’s elite,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “The atmosphere in the room during the trophy presentation is electric. Raising the first-place trophy at these contests means that you have beaten the best callers in the world.”
The NWTF is a national nonprofit leader in North American upland wildlife habitat conservation. Founded in 1973, the NWTF has local chapters in every state and partners with wildlife agencies to help restore wild turkey populations throughout North America. Members span a wide demographic, including sportsmen, women, and children who care about conserving natural resources and the hunting tradition.
Want to go? NWTF members get into the convention for free by presenting their membership cards. Others who plan to visit the convention can become a member for a $35 fee at the event’s registration, and they will receive a $25 Bass Pro promo card in return. Non-members can attend the convention for a $20 per-day admission. Military personnel get in free with their ID.