Welcome!

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From the entire Tennessee State Board we welcome you to the Tennessee State Chapter’s new and improved web site. As you navigate through the site we hope you find it user friendly as well as informative and interesting. We encourage you to participate in supplying pertinent information on upcoming NWTF events across our great state.

As an added feature, David Edgar, our webmaster invites you to submit pictures from you local events such as JAKES day, Wheelin’ and WITO events as well a hunting photos from your most recent hunts. We hope you’ll visit often as David will be updating the site almost daily with the most recent and current events and happenings occurring in Tennessee. As always, we ask for your feedback and look for ways to continually improve communications to our NWTF members.

Information and pictures should be emailed to David. All other correspondence should be emailed to Keith Hickman, State Chapter President.

WE HOPE YOU'LL VISIT & VISIT OFTEN.

TENNESSEE STATE CHAPTER/NWTF

Letter from the President

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The Tennessee State Board and NWTF staff invites you to come see what Tennessee’s 10,000 members are doing! Since 1985 over $2,000,000 has been raised and spent in our GREAT state. Tennessee currently ranks 5th nationally in total membership and 2nd in JAKES with over 3800 kids participating. Sponsorships, Wheelin’ and WITO memberships continue to remain strong and places us near the top in each category.

Tennessee has and will continue to be a leader in land acquisition. Since the mid 80’s we have spent over $350,000 to purchase and help preserve 26,442 acres for future generations to enjoy. With the help of our regional biologist over 286,000 acres across our state have been enhanced while investing $872,000 on these habitat improvement projects affecting over 25 WMA’s and publicly owned areas.

Our emphasis on future generations of hunters and outdoors enthusiasts is evident by our commitment to invest over $500,000 on 600+ events to insure the kids, physically challenged, disabled veterans and women of this state have an opportunity to experience the “GREAT“ outdoors. These efforts have NOT gone unnoticed as many chapters and individuals have been recognized nationally for their contributions.

Come see what we do

We think you’ll be pleased and we hope you’ll considering joining one of the largest conservation organizations in Tennessee.

Keith Hickman, President

Tennessee Turkey Hunter Hall of Fame

Past inductees into the Tennessee Turkey Hunter Hall of Fame. To nominate someone for this award, please click on the link below for information and requirements.

Nomination Information

2000

Jack Murrey
Jack Oliver

2002

John Webb
Robert Clift

2004

Jim Arthur
 

2006

Turpin Game Call Family

2008

Jeanette Rudy
 
 

2010

No Inductee
 
 

2012

Dr. Tim Agee
Keith Hickman

2001

Mike Halter
 

2003

Billy Minser
Sam Mars III

2005

No inductee
 

2007

Perry Jeter

2009

Wayne White
Alan Ricks
Mark Warmath

2011

Brenda Valentine
Larry Profitt
Buddy Duke

2013

No Inductee
 
 

News

4th Annual Jug and Bow

Fishing Tournament

For more information, contact David Edgar at (615) 319-6000.

Stones River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation presents a fishing tournament at Fall Creek Ramp at Percy Priest Lake

Blast off Friday, July 18 at 7PM with weigh in Saturday, July 19 at 6AM. Prizes awarded for each division, see flyer below for details!

Download flyer

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Seed Corn is here!

Interested parties,

Seed corn is now available for purchase. There are a couple of things to note:
 - You must be an NWTF member and know your membership number to buy the corn.
 - There is a 5 bag limit per member.
 - Cost is $35 per bag.
 - There are 200 bags available, so first come first serve.
 - Most importantly, the corn MUST be planted for wildlife and not harvest.

Please call Indoor Comfort at 731-644-2794 to schedule pickup. Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.

Thanks,
Keith Hickman
NWTF State Chapter President



Passing of a Friend

Dear Friends,

It is with much sadness that I inform you of the passing of Retired Col. Jack Oliver of Clarksville, TN. Jack passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. Jack, along with Jack Murray, were the two first inductees into the Tennessee Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame in 2000. Jack was one of the founding members of the North Central chapter in Clarksville, TN and held all of the official titles of the chapter at one time or another. Jack's passion for the wild turkey was unsurpassed and we will miss him greatly. Jack also had a stellar military career spanning over 30 years. Arrangements are not available at the present time, but will be forthcoming when I get them.

Please remember Jack's family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Mark Jackson
District Field Supervisor NWTF TN / KY



2014 State Scholarship Winner

Dear Board, Staff and Friends,

I'm proud to announce that Amber Winkelman of Jackson has been selected as our 2014 scholarship winner. Amber currently attends Sacred Heart of Jesus High School where she carries a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and ranks first in her class. After graduation she plans to pursue a nursing degree at St. Louis University or Union University.

Amber is a member of the National Honors Society, Beta Club and was elected to Girls State. She was also very active in soccer where she received numerous awards including: MVP offensive player of the year, all district, all west and was recently elected to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall of Fame. She also held numerous leadership roles in Relay for Life and was given outstanding excellence awards in citizenship, pre-calculus, English and morality. Her community involvement included working with the Dream Center, Meals on Wheels and Morning Side nursing home.

Amber's essay focused was on the importance of our hunting heritage and using the outdoors to bring peace into our lives.

Please join me in congratulating Amber and her family,

Keith Hickman



2014 NWTF Convention and Sport Show

Draws Record Crowd

For more information, contact Melanie Swearingen at (803) 637-7634.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Turkey hunters and conservationists from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico gathered at Nashville, Tennessee's Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for the 38th annual NWTF Convention & Sport Show, sponsored by MidwayUSA, Feb. 13-16.

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"This year's attendance of 48,530 eclipsed last year's total by almost 2,000 participants and all of them left with a better understanding of the NWTF and our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative," said Karen Lee, NWTF director of marketing communications.

Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. will slow the loss of critical wildlife habitat by conserving and enhancing 4 million acres; create 1.5 million hunters; and increase access to 500,000 new acres of public hunting lands.

NWTF CEO George Thornton also unveiled plans for the NWTF Hunting Heritage Center and Palmetto Shooting Complex at the NWTF Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield, S.C.

"Our vision is to have the premier hunting heritage and outdoor education center in the country by the end of the decade," Thornton said. "Our commitment is to use it to save the habitat and save the hunt."

The 2014 convention drew a record 420 exhibitors, making it one of the nation's largest sport shows. The event also featured the new Family Adventure Village, which gave kids the chance to explore hands-on conservation education and a variety of outdoor skills, as well as earn a special collectible patch, all free to the public.

NWTF members and active military personnel received free admission to the sport show with their membership card or ID.

Convention-goers enjoyed performances from entertainers Thompson Square and The Isaacs, as well as seminars, celebrity autograph sessions, the Grand National Turkey Calling Championships and more.

Matt Van Cise of Brookville, Penn., captured his third consecutive and fifth overall Senior Division Grand National Calling Championship at the event.

The Waterin' Hole, the new social hub of the NWTF convention, was where attendees relaxed, drank, celebrated and talked turkey between events. "It's why we are here this weekend," said Will Primos of Primos Hunting Calls, who served as master of ceremonies for the Thursday Welcome Party and Saturday's Awards Banquet. "We are here to have fun and celebrate the early success of our new initiative - Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt."

For more information, including a complete list of annual award and calling contest winners, visit NWTF.org.

National Wild Turkey Federation 770 Augusta Rd., Edgefield, SC, 29824



Our Sympathies

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It's with much sadness that I inform you of the passing of former state chapter president, long time state chapter board member and Tennessee turkey hunter hall of fame member, Mike Halter. Mike died yesterday in Alabama of an apparent heart attack. Mike's body has been donated to science for research.

At this time there has been no announcements of any services, however, the NWTF is in the planning some type of memorial next week in Nashville at the convention. I'll update everyone as soon as the details are released.

During times like this is when our prayers mean so so much!!

Keith Hickman





Volunteer Opportunity!

The guys at Special Ops Xcursions have a Wounded Warrior/Wheelin' Sportsman turkey hunt planned for April 12th on their club at Reelfoot and are looking for volunteers to help guide and general assistance.

If you're interested, please contact them through their Facebook page or their website.



2013 State Scholarship Winner

Dear Board, Staff and Friends,

I'm proud to announce that Heather Fair of Dyersburg has been selected as our 2013 scholarship winner. Heather currently attends Dyersburg High School where she carries a 3.7 cumulative grade point average. After graduation her plans include either a nursing or AG business degree at UT/Martin.

Heather is a member of the National Honor Society, DECA and was a football/basketball cheerleader. She also held numerous leadership roles in the FFA and was elected student council class representative as a senior. Her community involvement included working with relay for life, service learning and little lamb camp.

Heather's essay focused was on the importance of a continued education, the love of family, hunting & the "GREAT" outdoors way of life.

Please join me in congratulating Heather and her family,

Keith



2013 NWTF Convention

The 37th Annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show Feb. 14-17, 2013 at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Convention details



NWTF Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Nashville

From nwtf.org

The annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show will be especially special in 2013 as the NWTF celebrates its 40th anniversary Feb. 14-17 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

"Then. Now. Always." is the theme of the milestone birthday party, emphasizing the NWTF's continued dedication to wildlife habitat conservation and its important role in the future of hunting.

With free admission to NWTF members and active and retired military personnel, the giant convention showroom will be filled with 650 booths displaying the latest in top-quality outdoor gear as well as taxidermy and specialty turkey calls exhibits.

The prestigious Grand National Calling Championships, including exciting head-to-head competition, and seminars from top outdoors and hunting experts are also free to NWTF members.

The convention schedule includes opportunities to meet outdoor celebrities such as Michael Waddell, Brenda Valentine and members of the cast of the popular "Swamp People" television show.

Country music star Craig Morgan and longtime country favorite Sawyer Brown will highlight the list of performers at special events. There's no better time than the present to register for special events, including Thursday's Welcome Party with Sawyer Brown and Saturday's Awards Banquet with Morgan.

"We've put together an outstanding schedule of events befitting the NWTF's 40th anniversary," said NWTF CEO George C. Thornton. "This will be an unforgettable weekend that you won't want to miss."

Bring your current NWTF membership card to gain quicker access to all the activities when you arrive. Preregister to ensure yourself a ticket at special events.

Annual NWTF membership is $35. Daily admission to the showroom, contests and seminars for non-members is $20. Active members of the military are admitted free with their military ID card.

Since its founding in 1973, the NWTF has helped lead the fight to increase the North American wild turkey population, which has grown from 1.3 million to almost 7 million. The NWTF and partners have conserved 17.3 million acres of wildlife habitat, investing more than $412 million.



Events

Upcoming Banquets


*There are no banquets scheduled at this time.

 

Tennessee


*There are no Tennessee Events scheduled at this time.

NWTF


Plenty of events for the Tennessee turkey hunter! Please see the NWTF events page for a complete listing.

Tennessee Chapter Board

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Keith Hickman

State Chapter President
   West TN Representative

21 TVA Access Rd. Buchanan, TN 38222
keithhickman@pga.com | 731-336-3769

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Joe Shults

State Chapter Vice President
   East TN Representative
   Superfund Committee

P.O. Box 1874 Newport, TN 37822
jsg@planetc.com | 423-237-1397

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David Edgar

State Chapter Secretary
   Middle TN Representative
   Superfund Committee

1165 Gaylord Court Murfreesboro, TN 37130
david@TNhunting.com | 615-319-6000

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Tim Agee

State Chapter Treasurer
   West TN Representative
   Superfund Committee

14075 S. First St. Milan, TN 38358
ageedvm@yahoo.com | 731-414-7550

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Jeremy Lawson

   West TN Representative
   Hall of Fame Committee

3284 Crucifer Rd. Huron, TN 38345
jeremydlawson@hotmail.com | 731-307-7467

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Tom Rainey

   West TN Representative

352 Cedar Creek Lane Pocahontas, TN 38061
twrainey@gmail.com | 901-359-4774

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David Vandegriff

   West TN Representative

4589 Asbury-Glimp Rd. Ripley, TN 38063
david.vandegriff@tn.gov | 731-612-0126

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Mark Darnell

   Superfund Coordinator
   Middle TN Representative

7144 Scottsville Rd. Lafayette, TN 37083
mdarnell@nctc.com | 615-633-8767

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Rick Edwards

   Middle TN Representative
   Hall of Fame Committee

1456 Rock Springs Rd. Columbia, TN 38401
volturkeyfan@aol.com | 931-446-1494

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Chris Peterson

   Middle TN Representative

5780 Window Cliff Road Baxter, TN 38544
chpeterson@avaya.com | 931-510-5421

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Jereme Odom

   Middle TN Representative

3630 Corbondale Rd. Palmyra, TN 37142
odom2103@bellsouth.net | 931-216-3800

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Mark Osborne

   Middle TN Representative

124 Country Hills Dr. Hendersonville, TN 37075
mrkosbrn@gmail.com | 615-351-3604

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Mike Sentell

   West TN Representative

1920 Okenna Dr. Dyersburg, TN 38024
msen@cableone.net | 731-589-7553

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Greg Colvin

   East TN Representative

179 Hemlock Rd. Tellico Plain, TN 37385
gcolvin76@yahoo.com | 423-253-7394

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Lee Crisp

   East TN Representative
   Hall of Fame Committee

2044 Independence Dr. Maryville, TN 37803
leecrisp_NWTF@juno.com | 865-742-2469

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Mitzi Ivey

   East TN Representative

144 Scenic Drive Jacksboro, TN 37757
mitziivey@yahoo.com | 865-567-2416

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Marsha Raley

   East TN Representative

227 Whetsell Ln. Maynardville Tn 37807
marsharaley@bellsouth.net | 865-382-2501

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Jason Noe

   East TN Representative

3496 Boatman's Mtn. Rd. Morristown, TN 37814
jnoetnbod@yahoo.com | 423-258-4920

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Roger Applegate

   NWTF State Biologist

 

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James Wattenbarger

   State J.A.K.E.S. Coordinator

45 Martha Dr. Crossville, TN 38571
tnjakes@gmail.com | 931-260-6246

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Shane Hall

   Wheelin' Sportsman Coordinator

2209 Twilight Dr. Dyersburg, TN 38024
shanehallnwtfws@hotmail.com | 731-225-1426

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Chris Hunter

   T.W.R.A. State Turkey Biologist

410 Hogan Rd. Nashville, TN 37204
chris.hunter@tn.gov | 615-781-6617

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Mark Jackson

   Senior Regional Director

1700 Garner Creek Rd. Dickson, TN 37055
mjackson@nwtf.net | 615-441-3747 | 615-347-7549

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Charlie Tollett

   Senior Regional Director

544 Phipps Rd. Crossville, TN 38571
ctollett@nwtf.net | 931-707-0043

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Tim Yates

   Regional Director

 

Let Us Hear From You

Send us you comments or questions. We'll do our best to get back with you right away.

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Now taking applications

Dear Friends,

We're excited to announce that reservation applications are being accepted for NWTF License Plates.

Please download the application, complete, and submit to the address shown on the form.

Application Form

For more information reqarding Tennessee's specialty license plates, please visit the following: Tennessee Specialty License Plates