If you were at the 2010 National Wild Turkey Federation Convention this past weekend, you could only have one conclusion: Turkey hunting is booming.
The show, held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., was very busy Friday and jammed Saturday. That's no surprise, because there's no better place if you're into turkey hunting. The show features plenty of gear from manufacturers large and small, plus outfitters, taxidermy displays, calling and call-making contests, and seminars from many giants in the turkey industry.
I'll have more from the convention later this week. Until then, here's a partial list of the calling contest winners, courtesy of the good folks at the NWTF.
Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Calling Contest, Senior Division: Mitchell Johnston, Purlear, N.C.
Rare Breed Champion of Champions: Mark Prudhomme, Georgetown, S.C.
Team Challenge: Mark Prudhomme, Georgetown, S.C., and Kerry Terrell, Brooklet, Ga.
Gobbling: Stephan Richardson, Springdale, Ariz.
Friction: Bobby Woods, Dante, Va.
Owl Hooting: James Harrison, Hillsboro, Mo.