NWTF's Mike Hoffstatter congratulates Rusty Kinard
The 14th annual conservation banquet of the Salkehatchie Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation was held February 25 in Walterboro. The Chapter is in its fifth year under the leadership of President Rusty Kinard of Lodge. In 2010 this chapter had nearly 100 sponsor members and was awarded 3rd place in the Best of the Best Chapter competition by NWTF. But they topped that in 2011 by reaching the 100-sponsor mark and were awarded Highest Superfund Contribution and Highest Net Income (for S.C. Chapters). A capacity crowd that came from Colleton, Hampton, Dorchester and Jasper counties filled the armory building to enjoy a fried seafood dinner and multiple raffles, silent and live auctions. Many outdoorsman in the Lowcountry are beginning to notice the habits of local flocks of turkeys, since the opening day of turkey season in the Lowcountry is fast approaching on March 15!
Full Strut Longbeard
Sporting arms on the general auction in Walterboro
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