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Use your state tax form to benefit wildlife in northwestern Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges Minnesota taxpayers to remember to help loons, eagles, swans, and other wildlife by donating to the Nongame Wildlife Fund. All you do is write in the amount of your donation on of your state tax form.

To learn more, click on this link: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/index.php/2009/02/26/use-your-state-tax-form-to-benefit-wildlife-in-northwestern-minnesota/ .

Michigan DNR Biologist Awarded High Honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Bath, Mich., resident Al Stewart, the upland game bird specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), was honored with the prestigious Henry S. Mosby Award at the National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show held Feb. 19 to Feb. 22 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Mosby Award is named for Dr. Henry Mosby, whose research with wild turkeys in the mid 1900s set the standard for their management. He also helped found The Wildlife Society and was the winner of its highest honor the Aldo Leopold Medal.

Hafer Receives NWTF Educator of the Year Award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nicole Hafer from Zanesville, Ohio, received the National Wild Turkey Federation's 2008 Conservation Educator of the Year Award during a special ceremony at the NWTF's 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.

Hafer is an education specialist with the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District. She teaches outdoor education classes to local youth from grades K-12, in addition to courses at Zane State College.

Callmakers Earn Bragging Rights at Convention
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Grand National Callmaking judges graded hundreds of game calls on appearance and sound quality before crowning the 2009 champions during the National Wild Turkey Federation's 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show, held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center Feb. 19 to Feb. 22.

Each year, the NWTF's convention is a gathering place for outdoors enthusiasts in search of the latest outdoor gear, hunting and game calling techniques, entertainment and fun. This year's convention attracted thousands of sportsmen and women that appreciate and use game calls and understand how a call is supposed to look and sound.

Alabama Resident Earns Major Award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Bev Leigh, III, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., received the C.B. McCleod Award during the National Wild Turkey Federation's National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn., held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center Feb. 19 to Feb. 22.

The C.B. McCleod Award is given each year to an NWTF volunteer who has dedicated his or her life to wildlife, conservation and our hunting heritage. It is given in honor of NWTF volunteer C.B. McCleod, a banker from Crestview, Fla., who was instrumental in keeping the NWTF moving forward during its formative years.

NWTF Presents Tom Kelly 2009 Communicator of the Year Award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Legendary turkey hunter and author Col. Tom Kelly of Spanish Fort, Ala., was recognized as the National Wild Turkey Federation's 2009 Communicator of the Year at the Federation's 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show in February. Kelly's first book, "Tenth Legion," has long been considered the best, and funniest, book on the quest for the lonesome longbeard.

"Col. Kelly has spread the turkey hunting word through a writing style all his own," said NWTF Editorial Director Burt Carey. "He is the voice for a legion of outdoors enthusiasts. You can't help but be drawn into whatever adventure or misadventure he conveys. Tom Kelly has promoted the wild turkey and the NWTF as much as anyone and continues to do so. His first book brought the sport into the limelight and is considered by many to be the bible of turkey hunting."

Outdoor Channel Receives NWTF Corporate Achievement Award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The National Wild Turkey Federation presented Outdoor Channel television network with its Corporate Achievement Award for outstanding efforts in promoting wildlife conservation and hunting.

The award was presented during the NWTF's 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show, held Feb. 19 to Feb. 22 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Record Crowd of More Than 43,000 Packs NWTF Convention
NASHVILLE, Tenn. A record crowd of more than 43,000 people filled Nashville, Tenn., this weekend for the National Wild Turkey Federation's 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show, breaking the previous attendance record set in Nashville in 2007.

Convention-goers poured into the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center from Feb. 19 to Feb. 22 for an action-packed weekend filled with entertaining and educational outdoor seminars, award-winning country music entertainment, turkey calling contests, an emotional tribute to our military veterans, exciting auctions, world-class taxidermy and custom turkey call displays, an exhibit hall packed with more than 545 booths of the outdoor industry's latest gear and much more.

Illinois Landowner Wins National Award
Wayne City, Ill. Tom Blasdel of Wayne City, Ill., was honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation as the Wild Turkey Woodlands National Award winner for practicing quality land management, as well as his community and NWTF chapter involvement.

The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973 and has worked with wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations from 1.3 million wild turkeys in 1973 to nearly 7 million today. Now, NWTF volunteers raise funds and work daily to improve critical wildlife habitat, increase access to public hunting land and introduce new people to the outdoors and hunting.

ONE MORE WEEK FOR WINTER SQUIRRELS
February is a down time for many hunters, but one often over-looked game species is abundant and active in Kansas -- the squirrel. But the season ends Feb. 28, and time is running out for those who want to hunt this elusive tree-dweller.

Kansas has two species of squirrels -- the fox squirrel and the gray squirrel. Fox squirrels can be found throughout the state just about anywhere trees are abundant. They are at home in windbreaks and wooded riparian corridors, as well as larger forested tracts. Large, leafy nests in trees are a good indication of population density. Fox squirrels are active at midday and spend a good deal of time on the ground. Mature fox squirrels may weigh up to 3 pounds.

Canada Goose Season to Close, Light Goose Season Opens
PIERRE, S.D.- Friday marks the close of South Dakota’s Canada goose season along the Missouri River. However, goose hunters won’t have to wait long for another goose season as Saturday opens the light goose conservation order. The conservation order is an attempt to reduce the population of mid-continent light geese causing extensive damage to their arctic nesting grounds. In the most recent 4-year period, hunters in South Dakota bagged an estimated 105,000 light geese annually during the spring conservation order.

Hunters Donate 114, 252 Meals to Families in Need
EDGEFIELD, S.C. During the 2008 holiday season, National Wild Turkey Federation Chapters in the U.S. and Canada donated 19,042 frozen domestic turkeys the equivalent of 114,252 meals to families in need through it Turkey Hunters Care Program.

Through the Turkey Hunters Care program, local NWTF chapter volunteers from 363 NWTF chapter teamed up with church ministries, food pantries, children's organizations, homeless shelters, National Guard units and other civic service organizations to donate frozen turkeys.

Remember to Help Wildlife During Tax Season
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Nongame Wildlife Program urges Minnesotans to remember to help wildlife this year by donating to the Wildlife Checkoff Fund on their tax forms.

To learn more, click on this link: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/index.php/2009/02/09/remember-to-help-wildlife-during-tax-season/ .


NWTF Offers Dozens of New Gun Raffles
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dozens of limited edition firearms will be raffled during the Gun Blast in the Exhibit Hall of the National Wild Turkey Federation's Convention and Sport Show, held Feb. 20 to Feb. 22 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dozens of limited edition firearms will be raffled during the Gun Blast in the Exhibit Hall of the National Wild Turkey Federation's Convention and Sport Show, held Feb. 20 to Feb. 22 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

The Gun Blast will feature opportunities to win special turkey-hunting shotguns, past NWTF Guns of the Year, tactical firearms and more. Raffles, fun games and a few surprises will take place at the Gun Blast booth from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Patience and the willingness to keep your calls infrequent, quiet, and variable in their "pacing" are the keys to ultimate success in getting a fine bird.
- Naomi K. Shapiro