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Springville Strutters host National Wild Turkey Federation banquet

AN ELECTRIC PERSONALITY — Rich Gerlach (pictured, left) presents John Kotlarsz of Atkot Electric with an award.
SPRINGVILLE — The 18th annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquet was hosted by the Springville Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation on April 13, in Springville.

The NWTF’s Hunting Heritage banquets raise funds for wild turkey conservation. The event featured raffles, games and merchandise, for sale.

This year’s honorees were John Kotlarsz of Atkot Electric, Roy Emerling of Emerling Chevrolet and Skip Perry of Northwoods Game Calls.

In addition, the Springville Strutters also received Golden Gobbler and Grand Slam Gobbler awards, in recognition of their outreach efforts.

CALLING ALL HONOREES — Skip Perry (left) of Northwoods Game Calls is presented with his award, by Rich Gerlach.

Banquet attendees received an NWTF membership, as well. The cost of admission also included a one-year subscription to “Turkey Country,” the NWTF’s publication, which features stories about conservation issues, turkey calling and hunting, the NWTF’s education program, Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship, Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF and Women in the Outdoors outreach programs.

The NWTF and its members raise money through ticket sales, silent auctions, live auctions and raffles.

The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973 and has worked with wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations.

Now, NWTF’s volunteers raise funds and work to improve wildlife habitats, increase access to public hunting land and introduce people to the outdoors and hunting.

The NWTF’s partners, sponsors and grassroots members have raised and spent more than $373 million, to preserve hunting heritage and conserve nearly 17 million acres of wildlife habitat.

For more information about joining the NWTF, call representative Rich Gerlach at 857-0586. For more information about the NWTF, visit


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