NASHVILLE, Tennessee Dozens of limited edition firearms will be raffled during the Gun Blast in the Exhibit Hall of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Convention and Sport Show, held Feb. 20 to Feb. 22 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.
The Gun Blast will feature opportunities to win special turkey-hunting shotguns, past NWTF Guns of the Year, tactical firearms and more. Raffles, fun games and a few surprises will take place at the Gun Blast booth from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
“Guns you thought you couldn’t get anymore, you might just find at the Gun Blast,” said Rhett Simmons, NWTF director of special events. “We’re reaching deep into our vault and bringing out some great items, so whether you’re a serious firearms collector or a hunter looking for a new sporting arm, you’ll definitely want to stop by and enter for a chance to win big at our brand new Gun Blast.”
In addition, the NWTF’s Open Auction will begin immediately after the Gun Blast booth closes on Saturday. The auction will feature incredible hunting adventures across the United States and international hunts in South Africa, Argentina and Canada.
The Gun Blast and Open Auction represent a hint of what’s available inside the Exhibit Hall during an action-packed weekend at the NWTF’s Convention and Sport Show. More than 545 exhibit booths will be full of the outdoor industry’s latest gear in an area encompassing more than four acres.
For just $10, attendees receive a daily pass to the convention, or they can purchase a three-day pass for $25. As always, children 12 and under get in free.
Paid entrance into the convention includes access to fun outdoor seminars for the whole family, along with admission to the Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Wild Turkey Calling Championships and taxidermy and callmaking championships.
In addition, attendees can purchase tickets for meal functions and speaking engagements and see first-class shows by country music artists and entertainers.
“There will be non-stop action at the Convention and Sport Show,” Simmons said. “We’ve got something fun for every outdoor lover in the family, and we’re back in our members’ favorite location Music City, U.S.A.”
For more information about the NWTF visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.
About the NWTF: In 1973, Tom Rodgers founded the National Wild Turkey Federation in Fredericksburg, Va., as a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting traditions. Shortly thereafter, Rodgers relocated the NWTF to Edgefield, S.C., where it’s still headquartered today.
At the time NWTF was established, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds throughout North America, thanks to the efforts of state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members and partners.
Growth and progress define the NWTF as it has expanded from 1,300 members in 1973 to nearly a half million today. With that growth has come impressive strides in wildlife management as the NWTF has forged dynamic partnerships across the country to further its conservation mission. Together, the NWTF’s partners, sponsors and grassroots members have raised and spent more than $286 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 14 million acres of wildlife habitat.
While wild turkey restoration is nearing completion, the NWTF still has much work to do. Across North America, supporters are working to enhance habitat for wild turkeys and other wildlife while providing hunters with more opportunities and access to public and private land. In addition, NWTF volunteers and partners are introducing youth, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors through special educational events.
If you would like to become a member of Team NWTF, join a committee or start a chapter, please visit our Web site at www.nwtf.org or call us at 800-THE-NWTF.