Turkey expo offers calling, cooking and fun

Published 5:26 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Not only will folks be talking turkey at the Wild Turkey Expo at Cattleman Park Saturday, they’ll also be calling turkeys, loud and long.

The Wild Turkey Expo is sponsored by the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association and will feature a turkey calling contest, a bow shooting contest for kids, novices and serious hunters, and a wild game cooking demonstration.

“And, that’s not all,” said Ed Whatley, Cattleman Park executive director. “Our star will be Bob Walker with ‘Mossy Oak Turkey Thugs’ television show. Bob will present an exciting ‘Turkey Hunting’ seminar. And, we’ll have hunting and turkey calling vendors galore. It’s going to be a tremendous show.”

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For 12 hours on Saturday, turkeys will be the talk of the town. Beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at 8 p.m., the “Wild Turkey Expo” will offer turkey hunters, turkey enthusiasts and those who are just plain curious a day of outdoor fun and excitement.

“The Cattlemen had hoped this would be a successful inaugural event, but we never expected such a great response,” Whatley said.

Whatley said turkey-callers are coming from all around the area and from several states to compete.

“This will be a National Wild Turkey Federation sanctioned contest and the Pike County Wild Turkey Federation is helping us with it,” Whatley said. “With this being a sanctioned contest, those who place can earn points and up their ranking.”

Whatley said five places will be awarded in the bow shooting contest in all divisions.

Registration fees will be required for the turkey shooting and bow shooting contests. All registration fees go into prize money.

The Turkey Calling Contest will begin with the registration of callers. “As soon as we get enough callers registered, the calling will begin,” Whatley said. “The bow shooting contest will go on all day.”

Whaley, who is known for his expertise in cooking beef, will demonstrate the same expertise with wild game. “But, I’ll have a great wild game cook from Auburn to help me,” Whatley said. The Wild Game Cooking demonstration will be at 10:30 a.m.

“When Bob Walker takes the stage for the turkey hunting seminar at 1 p.m., everything else will shut down,” Whatley said. “This will be an exciting seminar and very entertaining.”

The Wild Turkey Expo will also feature 40 vendor booths with a large variety of items for turkey hunters specifically and outdoorsmen in general.

All proceeds from the Expo will benefit the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association. Admission to the Wild Turkey Expo is only $5.