More than 300 were in attendance at the National Wild Turkey Federation - North Central Tennessee Chapter’s annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.
NWTC is a national organization that works to provide hunting opportunities for the public. Originally, its goal was to re-introduce wild turkeys to the United States and to establish a huntable population.
“The Tennessee North Central Chapter serves turkey hunters in Montgomery and Houston Counties and the surrounding areas,” Jereme Odom said. “This is our annual fundraiser, and the money raised tonight (date?) will go to various projects.”
Odom says the organization’s focus has expanded over the years.
“We’re about more than just turkeys,” Odom said. “We’re about the future of hunting and fishing and introducing our youth to the outdoors. Whether it be fishing, hunting, or hiking, we are working to preserve our wild places. Our funds help us buy properties and organize events that provide more access for hunting, fishing, and outdoor enthusiasts.”
The evening consisted of dinner and music, a live auction, and a silent auction. The group announced the recipients of two college scholarships. They also presented awards and recognized members’ achievements from this past year.