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Time for turkeys. Turkeys?

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 5.56.33 PMIt’s 100 degrees in the shade. The nearest hunting season is for doves and is months away. And I haven’t even thought about football yet (okay, maybe a little). And what’s the hottest outdoor topic in Union Parish the next couple of weeks?


That’s because it is time for the 19th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet put on by the Union Long Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. It will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 15, at 6 p.m. at the Willie Davis Jr. Recreation Center in Farmerville.

I’ve been around the outdoors a long, long time and I have to say, without a doubt, this is the most active group of sportsmen I’ve ever seen who do things to promote their sport for others, not just take part in it personally. Their works are too numerous to mention here, but trust me, they do everything from hunter education to putting on youth hunts to preparing habitat for turkeys on lands they don’t even hunt on. And raising money to do it!

If you want to find out more about this group, here’s a link to an article I did this spring in the Louisiana Sportsman magazine about them. Click and read. You’ll be glad you did.


Tickets are $50 a person, which includes a $35 NWTF membership and $15 for supper. You can buy a whole table of your own for eight people for $400 and pick up a sponsorship for $275. Youth tickets for “jakes” are avaiable for $15 for youth under 15. For more information, contact Jed Rhodes at 318-355-9065 or Peyton McKinnie at tigerbendhuntingclub@yahoo.com

Peyton and hunting partner Nathan Pilgreen not only enjoy turkey hunting, they are active in promoting the sport for all.

Peyton and hunting partner Nathan Pilgreen not only enjoy turkey hunting, they are active in promoting the sport for all.


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