Thursday, July 24, 2014 · 1:44 p.m.

National Wild Turkey Federation banquet tomorrow in Dalton

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As wild turkey populations increase, turkey hunting is growing more and more popular in the area. (Photo: Ross Malone)

The Cohutta Mountain chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is holding its 15th annual banquet at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center Thursday, Feb. 21.

The event is open to the public. Dinner will be accompanied by a raffle and auction, in which more than 20 hunting firearms will be offered.

The National Wild Turkey Federation is committed to conservation, hunting, and sharing. Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and their members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $412 million to conserve nearly 17.25 million acres of habitat. If you happen to see a turkey in the wild, you can thank the local Cohutta chapter of the NWTF.

Tickets for the evening will start at $60 for nonmembers. The ticket price includes dinner, a one-year membership in the NWTF and $60 worth of raffle tickets. Couples can enter the banquet for $105 dollars with $105 worth of raffle tickets. NWTF member tickets will be $25, which will include dinner and $60 worth of raffle tickets. Advanced-purchase tickets are available by calling 706-259-7474 and will be available at the door.

The doors open at 6 p.m. for auction viewing, with dinner service beginning at 7:30 p.m. This event is fun for the entire family, and all are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 706-270-9960.

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