The debut of Turkey Town drew attendees from across the U.S. and Canada to the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee. Enthusiastic smiles filled the crowded as purrs, clucks and yelps cut the air. Hunters, conservationist and turkey fanatics alike filled the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center from February 15-19. With more than 52, 000 in attendance, a diverse community was created during the show, allowing exhibitors, experts and new comers to connect and share their passion.
The NWTF Convention is an annual celebration of the efforts of our volunteers, staff and the sportsmen community to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. The crowd consisted of first time attendees as well as seasoned show veterans. This year also boasted a record number of youth attendees, speaking to a vital portion of the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative to recruit 1.5 million hunters.
Convention creates a unique opportunity for anyone to have access to innovations in hunting gear and turkey related products, opportunities to meet industry celebrities and spectate intense competitions featuring the greatest callers in the country. Positive feedback on the variety of vendors and seminars as well as the unique product and hunt opportunities offered through the auctions and raffles was garnered throughout the entirety of the show. Through all the excitement, the dedication to conservation and commitment to preserve our hunting heritage was purposefully apparent
Events ranged from seminars hosted by industry experts, a bustling exhibit floor, banquets, live auctions, raffles and awards ceremonies. Although all of the events were popular among the attendees, the overarching convention reaction was appreciation of the community created by NWTF members. Experiences such as a young man trying archery for the first time, a new female member finding a source of mentorship as she embarks on her first hunt and a turkey hunter on a twenty-year hiatus rekindling his love of the sport through his first convention stood out among the attendees.
— Catelyn Folkert