ED GILBERT: National Wild Turkey Federation banquet on deck

By Ed Gilbert • Last Updated 11:17 am on Monday, February 20, 2012

Daily News Outdoors Writer Ed Gilbert

Our Flat River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation  will stage its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, March 3.

Troy Hopkins, chapter president, says it should be a great event and the chapter is working hard toward what will be a very enjoyable evening. He says ticket sales will be good and the forms are coming in as usual.

The event has a new location. It will be at Shenefields Event Center, 100 East Coffren, Greenville. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Also, folks may bring their own choice of beverage at this location.

The banquet will feature many games and prizes along with live and silent auctions and some fine guns. Hopkins said the profits from the event will go toward their Youth Hunts and the Handicapped Hunters programs. He mentioned that they had almost 50 kids turn out for their last turkey hunt, and the club has received 40 entries for the design of this years turkey patch.

Events such as those hunts for kids require a lot of work by many people, and the Flat River Chapter has successfully staged them for many years.

The Flat River Chapter’s banquet is one of many being held around the nation, and the funds raised also go to many fine projects. For example, since 1973 the NWTF organization has raised and spent more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife. It has also introduced 90,000 people to the out-of-doors and provided $175 thousand for hunter heritage and hunter safety programs. And those are simply the tip of the iceberg in their total work.

The local chapter’s forthcoming events, in addition to this banquet, will include a Youth Hunt April 27-28, a Wheelin’ Hunter Banquet May 4, and a Wheelin’ Deer Hunt in October.

This chapter is one of the finest of its kind in Michigan. The members put in many hours of work and dedication, and they deserve our support.

For more information or questions, Hopkins says folks may give him a call at (616) 527-1124.

Ed Gilbert is the outdoors writer for The Daily News. His email address is gilbertoutdoors@netpenny.net

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