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Charleston Turkey Caller Takes Top Honors At NWTF Convention

March 4, 2009

NWTF 2009 Champion Turkey Caller - Jim PollardNashville, Tennessee – Charleston’s Jim Pollard took top honors in the Senior Division of the National Wild Turkey Federation's Grand National Calling Contest Championships during the group’s annual convention held in Nashville, Tenn.

Pollard was one of many top-notch turkey callers from across North America competing for state pride, bragging rights and more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.

The calling contest's Senior division is open to contestants over age 21 who have won a qualifying NWTF sanctioned open, state or friction division contest. The Senior division champion receives a trophy, a championship ring, $5,000 cash and a spring turkey hunt.

"The competitors here are like my family, and they're so darn good," Pollard said. "It's a huge honor to come out with a win in such a tight competition against such excellent callers. This win is monumental for me."

After a pressure-packed minute on stage in which contestants must mimic various sounds of a wild turkey, callers nervously awaited the final verdict from a panel of judges.

"It's like the Super Bowl of turkey hunting, and the clock's running out and you've only got one play left," said 1981 Senior Division Grand National Calling Champion Tom Stuckey of Roanoke, Va. Stuckey added that performing for the crowd was "One of the most nerve-racking moments of my life. The wild turkeys in the woods are a lot more forgiving than the judges."

The Grand National Calling Contest was one of many events at this year's NWTF convention, including entertaining and educational outdoor seminars, award-winning country music entertainment, 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.

This year's convention attracted more than 43,000 sportsmen and women that appreciate the skill and dedication it takes to closely mimic the sounds of the wild turkey. The number of attendants broke the record set by the NWTF convention in Nashville in 2007.


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