The sweet sounds of turkey clucks and purrs will fill the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., from February 11-14, 2016, as the National Wild Turkey Federation hosts its 40th annual Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by RAM.
The NWTF organizers say the convention is a gathering of volunteers, staff, partners and sportsmen to celebrate “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt” initiative achievements, and plan for the future of our hunting heritage and wildlife and habitat conservation.
“We are quite fond of Nashville and excited to be returning,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Tens of thousands of turkey hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are expected to attend our annual convention at the Opryland Resort. We’ve found a great partnership with the staff there, who are committed to helping us carry out our mission.”
New For 2016
The NWTF is taking the Wednesday Early Bird Social to the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville; the Grand National Auction will feature select once-in-a-lifetime experience packages; and, visitors can view hunting short films at the HunterVids Screening Room. Also, stay tuned for the convention app that will be available in January. It will feature scavenger hunts, surveys and the ability to pre-register for exhibit hall admission.
Country music star, Sara Evans, will perform Saturday night following the awards ceremony. Saturday dinner entertainment features a cappella group Street Corner Symphony. Dueling Pianos International is scheduled to return for Thursday’s welcome party. Visitors also can listen to a variety of musical acts throughout the convention at the Wild Turkey Bourbon Waterin’ Hole.
In addition to browsing the exhibit hall, featuring vendors showcasing some of the hottest gear in the hunting industry, visitors can attend educational seminars with outdoor personalities and the Grand National Turkey Calling Championships.
The Family Adventure Village, sponsored by Mossy Oak, also has returned to the exhibit hall and is a one-stop shop for family fun. Visitors can take part in many free activities, such as Daisy target archery and airgun shooting, USAYESS clay target simulator, USDA Forest Service games and giveaways, meeting Smokey Bear, Woodsy the Owl and Camo the Clown, and much more.
NWTF members and active military personnel receive free admission to the sport show with their membership card or ID.
For more information about the NWTF Convention and Sport Show or to purchase tickets, visit www.nwtf.org/convention.