Edgefield, SC — MidwayUSA, the catalog and Internet retailer, will showcase its role as a major champion of conservation by sponsoring the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 2012 National Convention and Sport Show, Feb. 9-12 at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.

Fittingly, the theme of the 36th annual NWTF convention is: “Hunters: Champions of Conservation.” MidwayUSA has now sponsored the NWTF National Convention and Sport Show for three consecutive years. About 43,000 people attended in 2011.

“This is an event that outdoor enthusiasts circle on their calendar with great anticipation each year,” said George C. Thornton, NWTF CEO. “We’re grateful to have the support of MidwayUSA, which shares our dedication to the conservation of North America’s wildlife populations and habitat, in providing a wonderful experience for our convention.”

Each February, NWTF volunteers, members, staff, partners and outdoors enthusiasts gather at the NWTF convention to celebrate the NWTF’s accomplishments and plan for the future. This year’s show will feature more than 650 booths with performances from entertainers Ricky Skaggs and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, exciting competition in the NWTF Grand National Calling Championships and more. Check www.nwtf.org for more information.

NWTF members and active military personnel will receive free admission to the expo floor with their NWTF membership card or military ID.

Attendees interested in booking rooms at the reduced NWTF rate should book immediately. Opryland’s reserved block of rooms will be released to the general public on Jan. 18. Hotel guests receive free parking.

The NWTF is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. A nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage, the NWTF and its volunteers work closely with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies and other partners.

Through these dynamic partnerships, the NWTF and its members helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat.

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