Bulletin Staff Report

The Pecan Bayou Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a fund-raising banquet on Aug. 9.

The Hunting Heritage Super Fund Auction and Dinner, designed to help support wild turkey conservation,will be held at the Home Economics Building on U.S. Highway 377 South in Brownwood. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a social hour before the meal.

All ticket holders will be eligible to win prizes exclusive to NWTF events. The person who places the highest bid could go home with sporting art, hunting guns, knives, calls, outdoor equipment and more.

Tickets to the cost banquet cost $55 per couple. Membership in the chapter helps the NWTF support wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands and preserve hunting as a traditional North American sport.

In 1973, when the NWTF was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the NWTFs many volunteers and partners, today there are more than 7 million wild turkeys and almost 3 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, the NWTF and its cooperators have spent more than $258 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving more than 13.1 million acres of wildlife habitat.

The NWTF is a nonprofit organization with 584,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries.

Tickets are available at Weakley-Watson sporting goods and the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, or from Russ Porter at 643-2700.