EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation’s 46th Annual Convention and Sport Show in Nashville drew more than 52,000 attendees from Feb. 16-19.
“After having to host a virtual convention in 2021, it was so good to get the flock back together in Nashville,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We are immensely thankful to all of our supporters who joined us for the good times and celebration.”
With 400-plus exhibitors, the NWTF’s sport show is the largest consumer show in Nashville and features the outdoor industry’s top brands, companies and personalities.
Attendees enjoyed live music throughout the week from country music superstars and local performers alike. Guests also enjoyed an array of events hosted by the NWTF, including a pub crawl, hunting and conservation seminars, competitions, raffles, auctions, dinners, get-togethers and much more.
The NWTF also launched its Help the Yelp Project during its convention. The Help the Yelp Project is a laser-focused campaign designed to bring all turkey hunters into the NWTF as active participants and stewards of the organization’s mission.
Throughout the week of the 2022 event, however, the energy surrounding the NWTF’s 2023 convention (Feb. 15-18, 2023 at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort) was pervasive, as it will be the celebration of the NWTF’s 50-year anniversary.
“Our annual Convention and Sport Show takes the best people, companies, music and outdoors culture and puts us all under one roof for a week of good times and fellowship,” said Jason Burckhalter, NWTF chief information officer. “We are so thankful to everyone who showed up and made the event something to remember. And, we are extremely excited for an unprecedented celebration in 2023 during the NWTF’s 50th anniversary.”
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. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed goals of conserving or enhancing more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruiting or retaining more than 1.5 million hunters and opening access to more than 500,000 acres for hunting and other recreation opportunities. This critical work will continue to impact wildlife habitat and our great outdoors in the final years of the initiative.