Shoot to Thrill: Stacey Huston at the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention & Sports Show 2012
If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending one of the National Wild Turkey Federation Conventions, you really need to go. It is an auditory experience you will never forget. Turkey calls of every shape, size and make – all calling and clucking and chirping at once. You’ll hear beginners and pros who sound like wild turkeys, interspersed with the occasional hawk, owl or crow call used to locate.
I could just imagine the hordes of wild turkeys from all corners of Nashville running toward the Opryland Convention Center to find out what all the noise was about. I am sure they thought they had been invaded.
The WON was a proud sponsor of the women’s workshops. Brenda Valentine, “The First Lady of Hunting,” put on one of the workshops. She was a great speaker, and made everyone feel comfortable and right at home. Brenda had the attendees lounging around on the floor as she offered hints and tips for hunters of all ages and skill levels. She showed everyone what she carries in her vest to help improve the whole experience of turkey hunting. She and her team were professional, fun and helpful when it came to a little calling instruction. It is obvious she loves what she does and she is a true inspiration to women of all ages. ~ (Personally, I don’t ever want to log on to the Internet and see my face in a photograph from public convention~ or any other place for that matter.)
As a photographer, you have to be careful about model releases – though at public conventions you don’t have to obtain one. I still feel that it is just rude to photograph people and use their images online without at least asking their permission.
Never forget about future generations and the role they play in conservation. I loved the children’s art display, and even though none of the artists were there, I can see these images framed and not only holding a special place on the walls in their families’ homes, but also in their hearts. Nicely done!
And this is what it’s all about, too.
Crowded floor. So many people, so many cool things to see, so little time. Even though it wasn’t easy to maneuver through the sea of moving bodies, it was wonderful to see so many people take the time to attend and bring their families to the 2012 NWTF Convention.
I have to say a special thank you to Redneck Blinds for allowing me a brief escape, and a bird’s eye view of the convention floor, with a great angle to photograph the hustle and bustle of the day’s events. This photograph shows only one-half of Aisle 100. There were nine of these aisles full of booths out on the main floor, plus several other rooms, filled with kids’ activities, displays and smaller booths, hawks, eagles, owls and autograph signing tables.
Visit Stacey at her photo blog, A Focus in the Wild.