Zack Sheldon from Denton won the Jakes gun Saturday evening at the NWTF banquet held at the Grayson Conference Center.

Fill a room full of folks who love hunting, fishing, the great outdoors and fine company with friends and a person might get an evening to remember.

That’s exactly what happened when the Little Sandy Chapter of the NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation) met Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Grayson Conference Center.

A good crowd was in attendance with many lucky winners receiving anything from the Gun of the Year to a fish cooker.

The banquet included a social hour, raffles, silent auction, veteran’s ceremony and raffle, dinner and a live auction with the top purchase going for $700.

In addition, there were a good number of Jakes (children) at the banquet with each Jake walking away with a prize.

The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of hunting heritage.

The NWTF works with local people, government and Fish and Wildlife agencies through a network of many local chapters.

The Little Sandy Chapter is embarking on its sixth year of community service.

This January, the Little Sandy Chapter received seven different state recognition awards and the Kentucky “Above and Beyond” chapter award. These accomplishments could not be possible without the remarkable support of sponsors and hard working committee members, said Chris Parsons, NWTF president.

In the coming year, the third annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Event will take place. This team program pairs an able bodied person with a Wheelin’ Sportsmen member for various outdoor activities.

“We are dedicated to supporting our local youth, as well,” Parson said. “This spring we will award our sixth scholarship to a local high school senior. We are also planning our sixth annual Jakes Day event this summer at Camp Robert C. Webb. We will continue the support for tomorrow’s leaders in conservation and wildlife management.”

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