Wisconsin Man Wins Top Friction Turkey Calling Championship
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After displaying nerves of steel and amazing skill, Scott Wilhelm, from Chppewa Falls, Wis., was crowned champion in the Friction division at the Grand National Turkey Calling Championships in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 18.
Each year, the National Wild Turkey Federation hosts the Grand National Turkey Calling Championships during the NWTF National Convention and Sport Show. Dozens of the world's best adult and youth turkey callers gather to test their skills in front of a panel of expert judges.
"When we call the name of a new grand national champion, the atmosphere in the room in electric," said George C. Thornton, NWTF CEO. "It takes a special talent and years of practice to master the sounds of wild turkey. To become a champion on our stage is the most prestigious honor a turkey caller can achieve."
This year, champions will be crowned in 10 divisions at the 35th annual NWTF convention, which is sponsored by MidwayUSA and housed at the Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
In the Friction division, callers use pot and peg calls and box calls to imitate yelps, cackles, clucks and other wild turkey sounds. Overall, the winners from each division competed for their share of more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.
The NWTF National Convention and Sport Show attracts tens of thousands of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts who explore a sport show that's larger than four football fields, meet their favorite celebrities from the hunting industry and watch the world's best turkey callers compete.
In 2012, the 36th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show will return to Nashville and the Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 9 to Feb. 12.