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NWTF Withdraws from Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show (Updated – Show ‘Postponed’)

NWTF-logo-no-sloganEDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation has withdrawn from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa., due to the decision to ban the display of modern sporting rifles.

As a leading advocate for the preservation of our hunting heritage, the NWTF believes it is an important time to take a clear stance on its support of sportsmen and the Second Amendment and the clear link between the two.

The NWTF has canceled its booth space and will be rescheduling the NWTF sanctioned calling contest that was slated to take place at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show once a suitable venue is determined.

“We feel strongly about the importance of the Second Amendment in pursuit of our mission of preserving our hunting heritage,” said Skip Motts, President of the NWTF Pennsylvania State Chapter. “We reached out to our chapters from across the state and received overwhelming support for taking this stand.”

The NWTF works to pass on the right to hunt to future generations, including reducing legal barriers to creating new hunters and introducing almost 100,000 people to outdoor sports annually. The right to bear arms is another pillar of the hunting tradition that the NWTF fully supports. The efforts to preserve our hunting heritage can be undone if new barriers to hunting are created by limiting the tools that the vast majority of sportsmen depend on to hunt.

The NWTF will host its National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn., from Feb. 15 to 17.  The NWTF welcomes any attendees or exhibitors to consider coming to the NWTF Convention and Sport Show. The NWTF is working to add booths to the already sold out show in an attempt to accommodate companies that have decided to change plans about exhibiting at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.  Contact April Flowers at aflowers@nwtf.net for information on reserving a booth.

A national nonprofit organization, the NWTF is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial agencies, the NWTF has helped restore turkey populations throughout North America, investing $412 million to conserve 17.3 million acres of habitat. The NWTF and its dedicated volunteers also introduce about 100,000 people to the outdoors every year through NWTF outreach programs.

Update: Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show Postponed.

Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone, for now, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show given the controversy surrounding its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) at the event. The show was scheduled to take place February 2-10 in Harrisburg, PA.

Read the full statement here: http://www.easternsportshow.com/

 

 

2 Responses to NWTF Withdraws from Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show (Updated – Show ‘Postponed’)

  1. Darrell Scrivner

    January 24, 2013 at 10:04 am

    When Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, a shotgunner and fowl hunter said there was no reason to own “those” rifles, I was afraid that the “divide and conquer tactics of the anti-gun movement would work again. The stance taken by the NWTF as well as several (possibly hundreds) of other non rifle specific groups truly make me as proud as I have ever been to be a sportsman…even if I can’t hit anything with a shotgun

  2. Edgefield Advertiser

    January 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Also of interest is this statement, concerning the postponement of the show, from the National Shooting Sports Foundation: http://www.nssfblog.com/nssf-statement-on-the-eastern-sports-and-outdoor-show/