EDGEFIELD, SC — With concern for the safety and health of its members, partners and the public, the National Wild Turkey Federation announced its 45th annual Convention and Sport Show will be held virtually in February.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and the inability to guarantee the health of convention-goers, the NWTF will be conducting its popular annual convention online in a format that will be announced at a later date.
The NWTF’s 2020 Convention and Sport Show drew record attendance to Nashville’s Opryland Resort and Convention Center with more than 57,000 people attending the three-day event. It has become the largest consumer show in Music City and is revered as the greatest gathering of turkey hunting and conservation enthusiasts in the nation.
“The show’s scope makes limiting audience sizes and implementing social distancing measures in compliance with government guidelines extremely difficult,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Even if guidelines change and restrictions are eased by February, it is not feasible for us to quickly adjust an event of this magnitude.”
The NWTF will share more details in the months ahead as it finalizes strategic plans for a new and exciting virtual convention in 2021. Rest assured, there will be unique ways to engage with the virtual convention, including partnering with Bass Pro Shops to host elements of the event from Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri.
“We are confident we can provide a virtual experience that allows us to deliver our message, educate our volunteers and celebrate the spirit of wild turkey hunting and conservation,” said Jason Burckhalter, NWTF Chief Information Officer.
Convention staff will contact vendors, who currently have reserved booth space for 2021, in the coming weeks with additional details on a virtual booth for 2021, guaranteeing a space for 2022 or applying for a full refund with no guarantees for 2022. Vendors should send immediate inquiries to email@example.com.
Select contests of the Grand National Calling Championships will be held in person at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium with an adjusted format and limited capacity. In addition, the NWTF will hold the Grand National Callmaking Competition with a new format. Staff will release details for both competitions soon.
“This is a one-year pivot, as we manage through the pandemic,” Humphries said. “We look forward to returning to Nashville in 2022 for our beloved Convention and Sport Show. In the meantime, we will provide the best online convention experience we can to celebrate our great conservation and hunting heritage successes and all of the volunteers who make it happen.”
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for some good news to kickoff your fall hunting season? Read this article from the September/October 2020 issue of Turkey Country magazine, and learn about someone who's dedicated his life to pursuing the King of Gamebirds and mentoring hunters of all ages.
Let's not sugarcoat it. The story of North American hunter numbers is basically a downer.
However, there's a bright spot in this otherwise-bleak tale, and that is the rise of women hunters. Historically, women made up 5 to 10 percent of all hunters in the US. That number is steadily increasing, and some estimates now place it between 12 and 15 percent. This article from Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine (https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/wnrmag/2020/Fall/WomenHunters) presents stories of various Badger women hunters--many of whom learned through partner programs such as NWTF's Women in the Outdoors and WDNR's Learn to Hunt and Hunt for Food.
Want to get involved? Contact NWTF R3 Coordinator John Motoviloff. While Learn to Hunts are postponed through the end of 2020 because of COVID-19, we are building a database of volunteer mentors and instructors. Now is a great time to learn about and get involved with these programs!
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Dear Fellow Volunteers,
The CDC, state, county, and local restrictions for social gatherings have been changing greatly over these past few weeks and days. As restrictions relax, we are prepared to move to a Phase 2 opening of our fundraising efforts to include all banquets/events of less than 250 total persons starting immediately. We will continue to monitor and adhere to all national, state and local guidelines as we begin this Phase 2 opening. Should restrictions change due to an outbreak of the COVID- 19 virus in a particular state or county, you should be prepared to modify or potentially postpone an event to meet those updated guidelines. Our goal is reopen and hold safe events for our staff, our volunteers and attendees. This is truly great news and what all of you have been waiting to hear. With this news comes a set of checks and balances as you begin the planning of these events.
Here are the NWTF’s Phase 2 guidelines for events to occur:
The National Wild Turkey Federation is proud to announce Thomas Lenz of La Crosse, Wisconsin as the national recipient of the 2020 Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship.
While on a video conference with NWTF staff and volunteers, Lenz and his family thought he was being interviewed about winning the NWTF Wisconsin State Chapter scholarship, until Mossy Oak’s Cuz Strickland appeared on the video conference, surprising Lenz as the recipient of the 2020 Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship, too.
“I don’t mean to interrupt the meeting,” said Strickland. “I wanted to tell Thomas congratulations and that he also won the national scholarship.”
“When Cuz hopped onto the call and told me the news, I have to admit I was pretty well dumbstruck,” said Lenz. “I had no idea what was coming, and it's even now still sinking in.”
Lenz continued “Conservation has meant so much to me, and to have NWTF and Mossy Oak supporting my education is truly wonderful. My dream is to go to school to become an engineer and do work that makes the world a better place, and the NWTF is helping me accomplish that dream through this scholarship.
The $10,000 scholarship, sponsored by Mossy Oak, will help Thomas further his education as he plans to attend the University of Minnesota as an Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering double major.
Lenz is on track to graduate at the very top of his Logan High School class with a perfect 4.0 GPA and straight A’s all throughout his high school career. Additionally, Lenz participates in numerous leadership roles, organizations and extracurricular clubs including:
• National Honor Society
• Tri-M Music Honor Society
• Inven-Team (an engineering design club)
• Engineering Explorers
• Quiz Bowl
• Academic Decathlon
• Scouts BSA
Lenz received scholarships through the Tri-State Gobblers Chapter and the Wisconsin State NWTF Chapter, which made him eligible for the NWTF Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship.
The NWTF is proud to have supported over 5.5 million in academic scholarships to students across North America who demonstrate a commitment to conservation, academic excellence and who possess the leadership skills to make a difference. In 2019, the NWTF awarded 382 scholarships for a total of $194,052.
“The NWTF is proud to support students like Thomas,” said NWTF CEO Becky Humphries. “It is the young and determined conservationists that will carry the NWTF mission forward for generations to come.”
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org
If anyone is looking for some conservation seed, Jim Werch (Ripon area) has some available. His contact information is listed below:
Jim Werch: 920-229-1562 or email: email@example.com
He has 35 bags rr corn, 35 bags rr beans and 20 bags of sorghum.
If interested contact Jim for details.
Thanks again for all everyone does. Be safe!
Charles J. Burke
Senior Regional Director WI.
Subject: National Leadership Conference 2020
Good morning, all. I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.
By clicking the link below, you should be able to access all of the information presented during the NLC in February. This is a rather large file so it may take a little longer to download.
We are also working to determine if we can functionally provide video as well.
If you have any questions or issues opening the files, please do not hesitate to email or call me.
Executive Administrative Assistant to
Matt Fenoff, Chief Fundraising Officer
National Wild Turkey Federation
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