National Wild Turkey Federation Postpones Grand National Calling Championships

by Kayla Zadel

The National Wild Turkey Federation is postponing its 2021 Grand National Calling Championships due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The NWTF is putting a hold on the event because of the increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide. Furthermore, various travel restrictions in place present further issues. The NWTF originally planned to hold the contest on Feb. 19-20. The federation will be announcing a new date when circumstances allow for larger gatherings.

“While we are disappointed we can’t hold the Grand Nationals at the beautiful Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife Museum, Aquarium, and Whitewater Conference Center in February, it is prudent for us to postpone the event in the light of current conditions to ensure the health and safety of the contestants and our volunteers and staff,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO.

The Grand National Calling Championships assembles more than 150 of the world’s best adult and youth turkey callers. The NWTF was expecting only 100 people at this year’s event, even with restricted participation guidelines in place.

The National Wild Turkey Federation website says that those who are currently registered will be receiving a refund. Additionally, more updates will be available here.

National Wild Turkey Federation Convention & Sport Show

The National Wild Turkey Federation Convention & Sport show is moving its annual event to a virtual experience. The convention starts Monday, February 15, and runs through Sunday, February 20.

The NWTF is adding more updates and details in the coming weeks. Be sure to check out the convention webpage. As a matter of fact, get free access to the convention when you become an NWTF member.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

The National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973. “There were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America at the time,” the NWTF says. However, after years of dedicated work, the organization has increased that population to 7 million turkeys.

The NWTF attributes its efforts to science-based conservation and honoring hunters’ rights. Now, the federation is focusing on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt efforts. This initiative moves science research forward and fundraising. Additionally, it mobilizes volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million scores of essential wildlife habitat.