There are tons of reasons to visit the National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual convention, held every February in Nashville. Grand-champion calling contests, world-class taxidermy, vendors hawking everything from decoys to designer camo to wing-bone jewelry. But the custom-call competition is a must-see. Equal parts folkcraft, artistic impression, and utility, these calls run the gamut from the inspired to the bizarre. Here are some of our favorites from this year’s competition.
Here are some of our favorite calls from this year’s National Wild Turkey Federation’s custom-call competition.
Andrew McKean is Outdoor Life’s hunting and conservation editor, drilling into issues that affect wildlife, wildlands, and the people who care about them. He’s also OL’s optics editor, helping readers to make informed buying decisions.