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Billy Yargus Wins 2008 Grand National Turkey Calling Competition

ATLANTA— Billy Yargus of Ewing, Mo. won First place in the 2008 Wild Turkey Bourbon/National Wild Turkey Federation Grand National Calling Championships in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 22 to Feb. 24.

Yargus has been competing in the Seniors Division for 10 years, and while he has done well, he hasn't won the Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Seniors Division.

"I can't describe the feelings, but it feels great," Yargus said. "I'm lost for words. There's no other feeling like this in the world. It's fantastic."

In addition to a championship trophy, Yargus won a championship ring and $5,000.

The contest was held during the NWTF's annual Convention and Sport Show at the Georgia World Congress Center. Callers from across the country earned their way to the championships by winning NWTF-sanctioned turkey calling contests throughout the year.

"These callers are dedicated to what they do," said NWTF CEO and former World Champion Turkey Caller Rob Keck. "They practice all year and travel to compete in qualifying contests. These championships allow the top callers to be rewarded and recognized for their dedication and talent."

Contestants were judged by experts in the world of turkey hunting on their ability to imitate the natural sounds of the wild turkey.

The Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Calling Championships are the highlight of the NWTF's annual Convention and Sport Show. Wild Turkey Bourbon has sponsored the turkey calling championships since 1994.

About the NWTF: In 1973, when the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the NWTF’s many volunteers and partners, today there are more than 7 million wild turkeys and nearly 3 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, the NWTF and its cooperators have spent more than $258 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving more than 13.1 million acres of wildlife habitat.

The NWTF is a nonprofit organization with more than 550,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.

For more information about the NWTF, call (800)-THE-NWTF or visit www.nwtf.org.

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