Sportsmen can help support Wild Turkey Federation

Published 7:30 pm Monday, January 12, 2009

Sportsmen and conservation’s can help support wild turkey conservation by attending the Hunting Heritage Super Fund auction and dinner hosted by the Cedar River Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The event will be held Friday, January 23, at the Austin Holiday Inn.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 for a social hour before the meal.

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All ticket holders will be eligible to win valuable prizes exclusive to NWTF events.

The highest bid could allow someone to go home with sporting art, hunting guns, knives, calls, outdoor equipment and more.

Tickets for the Cedar River Longbeards Chapter Annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquet are $50 each.

Membership will help the NWTF support wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands and preserve hunting as a traditional North American sport.

“In 1973, when the NWTF was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters,” Longbeards chapter spokesman Doug Bergemann said

“Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the NWTF’s many volunteers and partners, today there are more than 7 million wild turkeys and almost 3 million turkey hunters,” Bergemann said. “Since 1985, the NWTF and its cooperators have spent more than $230 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving more than 11.3 million acres of wildlife habitat.”

The NWTF is a nonprofit organization with 545,000 members in 50 states and 16 foreign countries.

Anyone who wants to join the nation’s “fastest growing” and “most progressive” single species conservation organization today may reserve banquet tickets today by calling Bergemann at 434-7984.

For more information about the NWTF, log on to the web site at, e-mail us at nwtf@nwtf.netor call (800) THE-NWTF.