Hunting enthusiasts are invited to attend a banquet featuring a barbecue dinner, silent and live auctions and drawings next week.
The Palestine Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lone Street. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The dinner will be held at 7:30 p.m. with the live auction scheduled to start about 8 p.m.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of the hunting heritage many enjoy.
“It's a way to help promote the wildlife species by supporting your local NWTF chapter,” local NWTF spokesman Eric Woolverton said.
Woolverton, who works for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, said TP&WD recently partnered with the NWTF.
“We partnered with the NWTF to super stock turkeys in Anderson County this year on the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area,” Woolverton said.
Before the dinner starts, those in attendance can check out the silent auction items and drawings.
“The banquet, live auction and raffles are always a lot of fun,” Woolverton said. “We always have guns in the raffles — shotgun, rifle and a pistol.
The auctions have a little of everything from furniture, knick-knacks, luggage, sculptures and more.
“We have a lot of good items to bid on,” Woolverton said.
Tickets for the banquet are $55 for singles and $75 for couples. Children's tickets are $20. A gold sponsor table is $650 and the platinum sponsor gun table is $1,050.
Tickets are available in advance and at the door. For tickets, call Woolverton at 903-948-8230.
Founded in 1973, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every state.
Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America — from a mere 30,000 in the entire United States to more than 7 million across the United States, Canada and Mexico.