2012 NWTF Convention Turkey Gear

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1 | Realtree Chevy

Realtree’s Tim Andrus checks out the sweetest ride on the planet – the Realtree Chevy Silverado truck. Yeah, we want one too. Here’s the video to fire you up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig3Wi7K-ejc

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2 | NWTF Convention Taxidermy Contest

You couldn’t buy entries in the 2012 NWTF Convention taxidermy contest, but they let you look for free. That’s right – a squatting bearded hen and a big longbeard about to tread her. Here are the convention taxidermy results: http://www.nwtf.org/

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3 | Perfection Turkey Calls

Jim Clay of Perfection Turkey Calls says his Screamin’ Demon IIs use a space-age countertop material to produce every octave of turkey sounds possible. Hear it on the website: www.PerfectionTurkeyCalls.com

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4 | Mississippi Scratch Box Turkey Calls


We saw some pretty cool scratch boxes too. These beauties by Tom Crook of Mississippi Scratch Box Turkey Calls are made of exotic woods: 
www.mississippiscratchboxcalls.webs.com

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5 | Shep’s Custom Turkey Totes

Kill a turkey? You have to haul it out of the woods. These handmade totes from deer antlers and various woods allow you to do it in style. Shep’s Custom Turkey Totes makes them.

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6 | Knight & Hale Game Calls

Jim Strelec of Knight & Hale Game Calls laid out some sweet gobbling music on their new Hale Fire call. www.knightandhale.com

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7 | Ryan Kirby Art

We caught up with Ryan Kirby, one of the most gifted rising stars in the wildlife art world: www.ryankirbyart.com

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8 | Oak Ridge Custom Calls

Jimmy Schaffer of Oak Ridge Custom Calls builds some sweet-talking handmade glass and crystal options: www.oakridgecustomcalls.com

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9 | Tim Andrus

Realtree’s hardcore antler chaser Tim Andrus again, talking Monster Bucks at the turkey show.

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10 | Sights at the Show

This dude’s spur necklace and turkey track hand tattoo says it all.

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11 | Custom Barn Wood Plaques

Display your beards and fans with these Custom Barn Wood Plaques: www.custombarnwoodplaques.com 

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12 | Custom Wooden Chalk Boxes

Mark Wheeler is a craftsman, artist and hunter. Tired of carrying your box call dressing chalk in a plastic baggie? His cool custom wooden chalk boxes are nicer: www.workingwoodart.com 

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13 | ThermaCELL

Got bugs? Get this. ThermaCELL is essential turkey gear for your Southern swamp and late-season Northern hunts: www.thermacell.com 

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14 | Benelli

Michelle Brantley handles the Benelli Vinci turkey gun in Realtree APG, with her husband realtree.com editor Will Brantley looking busy: www.benelliusa.com/shotguns/benelli-turkey-models.php

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15 | Realtree Chevy Camo Wraps

One more look at the Realtree Chevy truck, but without Tim Andrus in it. Want to trick your hunting ride? www.camowraps.com 

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16 | Hunter’s Specialties

Hunter’s Specialties always has a lot of options for your spring turkey calling needs: www.hunterspec.com 

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Realtree traveled to Nashville and the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention to check out gear for the 2012 spring turkey season – along with some other sights along the way. Got enough stuff in your vest? A look won’t hurt your wallet.

(Steve Hickoff text/photos)