Bob FalaOutdoors Columnist
March 26, 2013
The Logan Area Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) just reached a major milestone. Some 250 folks joined in to celebrate the occasion of its 20th Anniversary Superfund Banquet. The event was held at the Chief Logan State Park Conference Center along Corridor G. In a nifty coincidence, it’s also the 40th Anniversary of the parent organization, one of the nation’s leading non-profits in promoting conservation of the wild turkey and the hunting heritage.
With objectives like that and most of the funds generated returning back to the home state, it’s no wonder they’ve lasted so long. West Virginia native and state Regional Director Bob Farkosovsky traveled to Logan to serve as master of ceremonies for the big event. At the local couple level, Doyle and Linda Gore and Robin and Roger Wolfe are long-term local banquet kingpins.
The guests are treated to a membership and meal along with a full suite of door and raffle prizes with silent and live auctions to cap off the night. Varying wildlife related items ranging from hammocks, barbeque grills and coolers to shotguns, fine art prints and bronze sculptures adorn the room. All of it however goes home with the guests before the night is over.
Some local artisans gobbled in with special items just for the occasion. A highly sought, air-brush painted miner’s hardhat featuring wild turkeys and a “coal camp” print by noted artist Roger Williamson made a big hit. An extremely beautiful box turkey call display carved by Logan native L. T. Pack alone fetched $350 for the organization in the live auction. These latter items of course are for the shelf, not the field.
Local banquet committee volunteers included Joe Vance, Kem Abraham, Rick Adams, Pee-Wee Adkins, Cass Trent, Jason Gore, Dave Wagner and Chris Ellis, several of their wives, extended families and others to handle the many tasks. The Chief Logan facility is fortunately big enough to handle the event. Proceeds from the statewide banquet circuit come back to the state in the form of superfund projects. These projects were originally focused on the trap and transplanting restoration of the big bids.
With that restoration completed, the funds now go toward land acquisition and management, research, law enforcement, turkey hunting safety and ethics education. Over a million dollars has been raised for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources by the State Chapter. In addition to restoring the birds locally, NWTF has contributed here toward the Chief Logan Shooting Range and surrounding Wildlife Management Area.
The award winning local chapter hosts youth turkey hunting and fishing events in addition to an annual golf tournament and turkey calling contest. They also have granted scholarships and have provided help to needy families in the form of turkeys and hams at the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.
Congrats on the 20 years and all the volunteers, members, businesses and groups that made it all possible. By the way, the Logan Area harbors excellent populations of the wild turkey in numbers just as good and in most cases better than those found over much of the Mountain State’s national forest zones!