Join Michael Waddell at Albuquerque NWTF Event

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Outdoor television star Michael Waddell likes to have fun and that's exactly what he and everyone else are in for at the National Wild Turkey Federation's New Mexico State Leadership and Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Sandia Courtyard Hotel and Convention Center, located at 10300 Hotel Avenue NE, and the event will feature auctions for guns, hunting and fishing trips, wildlife art and more. Waddell will be available throughout the evening for photos and autographs.

Funding for conservation projects and outreach programs would not be possible without the NWTF's dedicated volunteers and successful local fundraising events like the upcoming one in Albuquerque.

Tickets cost $20 and include entry into door prizes and a Mexican food buffet.

As an NWTF National Spokesperson and host of Realtree Roadtrips and Bone Collector television shows, Waddell travels the country proclaiming his love for the outdoors and his support of the NWTF.

"The NWTF's volunteers are not only dedicated conservationists but they also know how to put on a fun event," said Waddell. "I tell people around the country about all the great work the NWTF does for wildlife and hunters and, anytime I get the chance, I like to stop by and thank everyone. Their hard work helping restore turkey populations and habitat is the reason that myself and so many others can travel almost anywhere in North America to hunt wild turkeys."

Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its volunteers have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, raised and spent more than $331 million, and conserved nearly 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

The NWTF also works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through special outdoor education events and its outreach programs: Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) and Xtreme JAKES.

Founded in 1973, the NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of the hunting heritage. The NWTF has thousands of local chapters in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

For more information about the New Mexico State Leadership and Awards Banquet or to order tickets, contact Michael Jasper at (575) 420-9480 or mjasper@nwtf.net.




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