Local NWTF banquet aids turkey restocking

Published on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 08:08 - Written by

East Texas hunters have a direct chance to aid in the Eastern turkey restocking at the Smith County National Wild Turkey Federation’s Upland Bird Banquet Friday at the Tyler Rose Garden Building.

In recent years Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has worked to return turkeys to the Post Oak Savannah and Pineywoods regions of East Texas through super stockings of Eastern wild turkeys. Each super stocking consisting of 80 birds, 20 toms and 60 hens purchased from other states. By the end of this season about 500 birds will have been stocked.

The current focus of the stocking is along the Neches River south of Lake Palestine to the Angelina National Forest. Next year the department hopes to branch out to stocking sites along the Sulphur River.

NWTF has assisted with the current restocking efforts by brokering with other states to trap the birds sent to Texas. Funds raised at NWTF banquets are used in part to fund TPWD staff travel to and from those states to transport the birds back to Texas.

Tickets for the banquet are $20 for youth, $55 for singles and $80 per couple.

For more information on tickets call 903-920-5115 or email jlugar@bergeninternational.com.