Realtree turkey hunting editor Steve Hickoff attended the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee. This is what he found.
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1 | Realtree Xtra Chevy
Realtree’s Tim Andrus swapped his old ride for a new one at the NWTF Convention: the Realtree Xtra Chevy truck. Learn more about Realtree’s new camouflage patterns — Realtree Xtra and Xtra Green — for this coming spring and fall hunting seasons.
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2 | Wild Turkey Taxidermy
Wild turkey taxidermy is always a highlight of the NWTF Convention and draws big crowds near the registration booth. This hungry bobcat stalking a bearded hen is about as real as it gets outside of seeing this sort of thing while turkey hunting. Great idea for a future taxidermy mount, right?
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3 | Knight and Hale Ghost Hen
Want a reliable diaphragm for turkey hunting? Try the Ghost Hen. This 2 1/2 reed ghost cut mouth call in Knight & Hale’s Basic Performance series utilizes basic materials to help the beginner or seasoned hunter sound like a real bird. It’s also great for kee-keeing on fall turkey hunts. Price is $5.99. Dip into Knight and Hale mouth calls for hands-free turkey calling ability.
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4 | Primos Dirty B
The new Primos Hunting Dirty B injured gobbler decoy might help you kill one this year. According to the folks at the Primos booth, this innovative turkey decoy was developed from years of watching and filming toms attacking injured gobblers. To use it, you pull the cord to create a flopping up-and-down motion that imitates an injured gobbler. It rolls up for easy carry and has realistic glass eyes. The box includes one injured gobbler decoy, a silk fan, mobile series fan holder, ground stake, pull rope and carry bag. Price is $119.95.
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5 | Ocellated Turkey
The Ocellated turkey only lives in one part of the world, the land of the Maya; specifically in the Mexican states of Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo, as well as parts of northern Guatemala and western Belize. Want your World Slam? This exotic turkey is on your adventure travel hit list. Tatiana Macossay Arteaga, pictured here, represented Campeche Travel, along with Manuel Olaguibel Márquez, owner and operator of Yukkutz Hunting in Campeche. Hunts range from $3,000 to $3,300.
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6 | Hunting Call Competition
The Grand National NWTF Hunting Call Competition had many entries. Pictured here is the long row of short box calls. Makes you want to just pick a few up and run them, right? If you’ve never owned or used a custom box call while turkey hunting, you need to invest in one. As these call craftsmen often say: “We try to fill our calls with as many turkeys as possible.”
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7 | Wildlife Art by Ryan Kirby
This is talented wildlife artist Ryan Kirby with one of his masterpieces. Kirby, in addition to being a rising star in the wildlife art ranks (and Realtree.com contributor) is a hard-core spring gobbler and fall whitetail hunter. The walls of your hunting lodge, camp or home base need some art you can relate to, right? If so go to Ryan Kirby Wildlife Art.
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8 | Realtree Booth
The Realtree booth saw steady action throughout the NWTF Show. Lee and Tiffany Lakosky pulled in the big crowds, signing autographs and fist-bumping their fans, along with the iconic David Blanton and other Realtree pros on hand.
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9 | The Motorcycle
Whether you’re a NASCAR follower or enjoy looking at one tricked-out motorcycle on the show floor, cool rides got everybody’s attention at the NWTF Convention.
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10 | The Real Ride
On the other hand, we Realtree.com editors rolled like this during the trip. Tony Hansen and his wife Nichole make the best of it in Will Brantley’s extra cab. The fact is, I kind of miss that truck. Brantley later said he made it all the way home to Kentucky without his ride breaking down once.
Stay tuned for more NWTF Convention coverage here on Realtree.com, including videos and turkey blog posts.