NWTF banquet raises funds for conservation

A young raffle winner claims his prize at the annual National Wild Turkey Federation banquet in Crossett.

The National Wild Turkey Federation hosted its annual Southeast Arkansas Chapter banquet last week and raised approximately $22,000.

The event featured a live auction with auctioneer Rollin Alford and the items included a selection that ranged from duck calls to furniture.

Before the live auction, guests were able to participate in a silent auction or raffle drawings as well. The Hamburg and Crossett Bass Clubs were both present to help sell raffle tickets and silent auction items.

After the meal, Alford welcomed Lanee Croswell, the newest member of the NWTF committee, and said she was truly an asset to the southeast Arkansas team.

In addition to the silent and live auctions, guests were also invited to tour the handicapped-accessible turkey blind that is available to hunters in the area.

One of the main goals of the NWTF is to promote hunting and preserve hunting heritage and the vehicle is open for viewing each year at the banquet. The blind is a project allows the NWTF to offer the sport of hunting to an even wider range of people and is available for any disabled hunter in southeast Arkansas to use.

In addition to developing technology that allows more people to hunt, the NWTF also promotes hunting education, outdoor recreation and actively works as a conservation group.

NWTF Arkansas is committed to stop habitat loss, improve forest management, increase habitat diversity, improve water quality and maintain healthy hardwood forests.

The organization, which was founded in 1973, focuses on enhancing wild turkey populations, preserving hunting heritage and the quality wildlife habitat for countless other species. The name can be deceiving, but the organization works for more wildlife conservation than just turkeys.

The group sponsors events all throughout the year from bird watching to fishing derbies.

One of their big projects, “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt” is a 10-year project to do just as it’s named.

The project focuses on not only education people about the positive impact hunting has on the environment such as population control and additional food sources, the group also wants to make hunting more available by providing land for people who want to hunt.

The NWTF is a committed to raise $1.2 billion to meet and exceed the goals of project “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt.”

In 2017 the NWTF opened over 100,000 acres of land for hunting and has opened near 450,000 total over the last five years of the project.

The NWTF also hosts events such as Women for Conservation, Jakes Outdoorama a program for children, fundraisers and even turkey calling contest.

Events are hosted all over the year in an effort to both raise money for their cause and promote all of the things they stand for.

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