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The annual banquet for the LeFlore County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be on March 8. Doors open at 5:30. The NWTF banquets is open to the public and it is an exciting event for all. The banquet allows people of all ages to get access to exclusive merchandise and help raise funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women and children. The NWTF is a national non-profit organization that works towards the conservation of the wild turkey. Without the help of many volunteers, partners and sponsors the work toward the conservation and hunting heritage would cease. The NWTF was established in 1973. In 1973 there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys, today with all the help that has gone into this federation that number is more then 7 million. Hunting seasons has now established in 49 U.S states, Canada, and Mexico. For more information about the upcoming banquet or to purchase tickets call Don Chitwood at 918-649-7470 or Russell Barber at 918-647-8681. Tickets will also be available at the door.