Opinion by Brandon Butler
This comes on top of numerous other conservation organizations canceling, postponing, or shifting conferences to online experiences. While it is certainly not the same as gathering with like-minded sportsmen in person, supporting these organizations in any way you can during this economically challenging time is critical to present and future conservation efforts.
National Wild Turkey Convention
Each year, the NWTF hosts one of the world’s largest celebrations of hunting and habitat conservation in Nashville at the Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The 2020 Convention and Sport Show drew record attendance with more than 57,000 people attending the three-day event. The NWTF may focus on turkey hunting and habitat, but it crosses over into support for all forms and conservation work. The convention is where many hunters stock up on supplies and obtain new information on hunting tactics and land management. The NWTF convention has grown into the largest consumer show held in Nashville each year.
“The show’s scope makes limiting audience sizes and implementing social distancing measures in compliance with government guidelines extremely difficult,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Even if guidelines change and restrictions are eased by February, it is not feasible for us to quickly adjust an event of this magnitude.”
All the details of the convention are not currently set, but the virtual convention should still be information-packed with opportunities to learn about gear, destinations, and conservation initiatives critical to wildlife habitat. Even though it won’t include the handshakes and hugs so many of us look forward when we