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  • Spent $1,128,666 on habitat improvement projects.
  • Spent $299,833 on educational programs and literature.
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Turkey News
7/22/2014
Join the NWTF Southwest Metro on their 2nd Annual WITO Event. Enjoy a day of Shooting, Archery, Trap, 22 Rifles, Hand Gun, and Tactical Rifles.
7/11/2014

We had 650 kids shoot the range at granite city days and we got 80 new jakes too. The event sponsored by nwtf Stearns county thunder
6/8/2014


Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton addresses the crowd at the opening ceremonies of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League's 2014 championship in Alexandria on Friday morning. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)






ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday helped open what is billed as the world's largest youth trap shooting event.

The governor was in Alexandria to take part in the opening ceremonies of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League's 2014 championship.

A total of 3,948 high school athletes were registered to shoot over the course of five days. Upwards of 15,000 people are expected at the local park during that time, and it got started with the governor addressing the Class A competitors and spectators on a perfect morning weather-wise for shooting.

"It's the fastest-growing high school sport in Minnesota -- over 6,100 participants," Dayton said. "It's just grown exponentially from when it started. Look at it here, 8 in the morning, and this place is just filled with parents and coaches and kids who are learning something they can do for the rest of their life and do responsibly."

Dayton and the Legislature recently approved more than $2 million in trap shooting sports facility cost-share grants. That will go toward developing or rehabilitating public facilities that provide opportunities for trap shooting across the state.
6/8/2014
Just got back from helping with the NWTF BB gun range and booth at the State high school league shoot in Alexandria. I'm so glad the NWTF got in on the ground floor and are platinum sponsors of this event. Imagine this, a state high school league sanctioned event where nearly 4000 high school students compete with firearms! The largest trap shooting event in the WORLD, and growing!
6/7/2014

Largest youth shooting event in the world! The Minnesota High School Clay Target Championship in Alexandria, MN! NWTF proud Platinum Sponsor!






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Events
1/10/2015 10:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
V. AWARDS – DIVISION 1 – Hunting Calls awards will be as follows

Division 1 Classes 1-8 Awards
??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon
???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon.
?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only,

Best of Hunting Class Award.
This will be awarded to 1 hunting class call. (Decorative Calls, Call Sets, Air Operated 9A-9B, Diaphragm Calls are excluded from this award) $50 cash and Best of Hunting Class Ribbon

AWARDS – DIVISION 2 – Decorative Open, Air Operated Open, Call Set, and Diaphragm (Mouth Call).

Decorative Open
??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon
???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon.
?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only,

Call Set
??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon
???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon.
?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only,

Air Operated open

9A. Buck Grunt & Doe Bleat
??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon
???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon.
?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only

9B. Locator Call
??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon
???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon.
?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only

Diaphragm Mouth Call
??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon
???2nd Place $50 cash & Ribbon.
?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only

Additional Awards

Henry Bridges Award
This will be awarded to the 1st place winner in the Diaphragm Call Category. Henry Bridges was credited by the NWTF for patenting and pioneering the Diaphragm mouth call in 1921. This design carries through and has influences in today’s modern diaphragm mouth call. This award will be an additional Henry Bridges Award Ribbon.

Best of Show Award.
This will be awarded to one, 1st Place winner from Division 1 & Division 2 (excluding Division 2 Diaphragm Call) $50 cash and Best of Show Ribbon.

Best of Hunting Class Award.
This will be awarded to 1 hunting class call. (Decorative Calls, Call Sets, Air Operated 9A-9B, Diaphragm Calls are excluded from this award) $50 cash and Best of Hunting Class Ribbon

SPECIAL NOTES:
??When submitting calls for Category 9 (Air Operated Open) please also submit what animal this call is designed to mimic. Additionally, please include any instructions on how to blow or play the call.
??Due to the overwhelming popularity of this contest, we urge you to ship your pre-registered calls ahead of time. As we are starting the, judging at 9AM sharp Jan. 10, we must physically have all of the calls at the contest registry table no later than 7 pm Friday, January 9. No exceptions will be made. If you cannot be at registration before 7 pm Friday, January 9, please make arrangements to ship your calls to our MN NWTF Contest Co-Chair in Minneapolis, MN at the address stated above.

Rules For Judges:

Each judge will be supplied with a copy of the rules.

Judges shall not be permitted to converse with one and other while judging. This is to discourage one judge from influencing another judge’s score.

A call maker may and shall at times be called upon to judge a specific category of calls but will not be allowed to judge any category that they are entered in. If a call maker is in the room during judging of their category, they will be asked to leave the room while their call or series of calls are being judged. This is so that the judges will feel more at ease and not feel intimidated by the maker’s presence.


1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
The process of how calls are judged is as follows:

1. Based on the five (5) criteria, a panel of 5-7 judges will individually score each call in Categories 1-11 based on the judging criteria given for that division. NEW Category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call will have a panel of 3 champion judges. Where each Judge will have 2 specific Diaphragm “CUT” requirements which are posted in the rules. 18 total calls will be needed for judging and 18 total calls for Auction at the MN NWTF State Convention. The Judges will judge 3 of each call makers “CUT” (entry). 3 will be Judged and scored for Construction, Sound, and Ease of Use,. The Judge will keep the used calls and the additional calls will be sold at the NWTF Minnesota State Conventions call auction. Each maker must make and submit enough diaphragm calls to meet the judge requirements along with the additional calls for auction. Example below how to total the proper amount of cuts (calls) to submit.

**EXAMPLE** how to total the calls needed to be sent
Judge (A) requires a batwing cut & split V cut = 3 batwing cuts and 3 split V cuts for judging & 3 batwing cuts and 3 split V cuts for auction.

Judge (B) requires a batwing cut & ghost cut = 3 batwing cuts and 3 ghost cuts for judging and 3 batwing cuts and 3 ghost cuts for auction.

Judge (C) requires a ghost cut & combo cut = 3 ghost cuts and 3 combo cuts for judging and 3 ghost cuts and 3 combo cuts for auction

The total cuts to be sent would be 12 batwing cuts, 6 split V cuts, 12 ghost cuts, and 6 combo cuts to meet the judging requirements for all three judges and the call auction.

Special Note. Please send diaphragm calls “cuts” to be judged in a sealed labeled package marked Judge A, Judge B, and Judge C. The calls “cuts” to be auctioned labeled auction.

2. The calls with highest scores in each category will be declared: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

3. In the event of a tie, the calls in question will be re-scored by the judges to determine the winner.

4. The 1st Place winners in Categories 1-2 box calls (Class I) shall then be rescored for Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting class calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award

5. The 1st Place winners in Categories 3-5 friction calls (Class 2) shall then be rescored for Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award

6. The 1st Place winner in Category 6 Turned Trumpet (Class 3) shall then be rescored for Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award

7. The 1st Place winner in Category 7 Wing Bone (Class 4) shall then be rescored for Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award


8. The 1st Place winner in Category 8 Scratch Box (Class 5) shall then be rescored Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award

9. The 1st Place winners in Category 9 Air Operated Open 9A-9B (Class 6) “WILL NOT” be rescored for Best of Hunting Class and is eligible for Best of Show Award

10. The 1st Place winner in Category 10 Call Set - (Class 7) WILL NOT” be rescored for Best of Hunting Class and is eligible for Best of Show Award

11. The 1st Place winner in Category 11 Decorative Open - (Class 8) “WILL NOT” be Scored for Best of Hunting Class and is eligible for Best of Show Award.

12. The first place winner in Category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call (Class 9) “WILL NOT” be Scored for Best of Hunting Class or Best of Show Award, but Shall receive the Henry Bridges Award.

13. The judges will independently score the All of the 1st place Division 1 Hunting Class Category Winners. The call with the highest score shall be declared the Best of Hunting Class.

14. Once judging is completed, all trophies and awards will be placed.

1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM

Category 11 Decorated
??Eye appeal, artistic beauty. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest.
??Craftsmanship, sanding, gluing, finish, etc. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest.
??Ingenuity, originality and creativity uniqueness in design. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest.
??Sound. It must be capable of producing realistic animal sound or realistic turkey sounds, i.e. yelp, cluck, etc. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest.
??Highest score obtainable is 80 total points.
Category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call
The calls or “cuts” needed will be determined by each Judge. Judges (A-B-C) will have 2 cut designs that they play best. The ‘’cuts” needed for the 2015 Norseman are as follows
Judge. (A) requires- Ghost cut & Combo cut.
Judge. (B) requires- Reverse Combo cut & Batwing cut.
Judge (C) requires- Ghost cut & Combo cut.
Our panel of 3 champion Judges will judge on the following
??Construction. Consistency in tape cuts, Reed cuts, Appearance of latex. scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest.
??Ease of Use. How easily the call blows to produce sound. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest.
??Sound. It must produce realistic turkey sounds, i.e. yelp, cluck, pur, etc. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest.
??Highest score obtainable is 60 total points.
Divisions and Classes of Turkey Calls
Division 1- Class 1
Category 1 - Short Box, hinged lid design, overall length not to exceed 10" and sound chamber 5.5" or less with slight variations.
Category 2 - Long Box, hinged lid design. Overall length 11" or greater and sound chamber greater than 6.5"

Division 1- Class 2 (all pot calls will be judged as Call and Matched Striker)
Category 3 - Slate Pot Call
Category 4 - Glass Pot call
Category 5 - Other material, pot Call. (Aluminum, copper, stone, ceramic, rock)



Division 1- Class 3
Category 6 - Turned Trumpet Call, turned or machined barrel with mouth piece, mouth piece is not required to be turned

Division 1- Class 4
Category 7 - Wing Bone Open. Minimum of 2 bones must be used.

Division 1- Class 5
Category 8 - Scratch Box Design. Any hinged design with a screw and or spring will be moved to Class 1 Category 1 Short Box!

Division 2- Class 6
Category 9 - Air Operated OPEN. (No wing bone, trumpet, duck or goose.) this category will be divided into 2 subcategories 9A.-9B. This class is open to the following types of calls listed below. Be sure to register in the subcategory your entry fits.

9A. Buck Grunt or Doe Bleat. Any turned style Buck Grunt or Doe Bleat. All calls are played as the makers send them. Judges will extend the grunt tube when judging. Judges will not move or adjust any reeds!

9B. . Locator Call. Any turned style Turkey Locator call. Calls may include Tube Style Call, Owl call, Peacock Call, Crow Call, Woodpecker Call, Hawk Call. All calls are played as the makers send them. Judges will not move or adjust any reeds

Division 2- Class 7
Category 10 - Call Set, Must be a Minimum of 2 calls. Calls must be made of the same materials.

Division 2- Class 8
Category 11– Decorative Open. This class is open to all call types and MUST BE DECORATED. Decorated (painted, carved, wood burned, metal work, parquet, scrimshaw, calls altered from original design.)
Division 2- Class 9
Category 12- Diaphragm “Mouth Call” Calls must be of the 2 or 3 Reed Design and shipped in appropriate packaging.
1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM

II. JUDGING
A panel of five judges will individually rate each entry excluding Division 2. Class 9 Category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call division which will have a panel of 3 champion judges (Judges A-B-C).
Each maker is limited to 2 entries per category excluding category 12 “Diaphragm”. Scores of each call are totaled following the removal of the high and low score. The winner of each category will be determined by the highest score. The preliminary round of judging will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan 10. The Contest Co-Chairs will serve as facilitator. Judging normally takes about 1 to 2 hours.

Division 1 - Hunting Categories 1-2-3-4-5-8
The following characteristics of each call will be scored.
??Ability to produce turkey-like sounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, yelp, cluck, kee-kee, cackle, cutting of the hen, purr, putt, gobble, tree call.
??Ease of use to produce turkey-like sounds -- i.e. how simple or user-friendly the call is to use.
??Tone, pitch and sound quality.
??Break over or roll over.
??Versatility: the ability to obtain a vast range of turkey like sounds – i.e. both spring or fall type calls, gobbler or hen sounds, including the ability to sound like more than one turkey.

Division 1 - Hunting Category 6 Turned Trumpet
The following characteristics of each call will be scored.
??Ability to produce turkey like sound . Examples include, but are not limited to, yelp, cluck, kee-kee, cackle, cutting of the hen, purr, putt, and tree call.
??Ease of use.
??Tone, pitch and sound quality.
??Projection quality – i.e. loudness and clarity of the sound of the call.

Division 1 - Hunting Category 7 Wing Bone
The following characteristics of each call will be scored.
??Ability to produce turkey like sound . Examples include, but are not limited to, yelp, cluck, kee-kee, cackle, cutting of the hen, purr, putt, and tree call.
??Ease of use.
??Tone, pitch and sound quality.
??Projection quality – i.e. loudness and clarity of the sound of the call.

Category 9 Air Operated Open
The following characteristics of each call will be scored.
??Ability to produce the sound of the animal or object the call is meant to mimic.
??Ease of use to produce the sound of the specific animal.
??Tone, pitch and sound quality.
??Projection quality – i.e. loudness and clarity of the sound of the call

Category 10 Call set
The following characteristics of each call will be scored.
??Ability to produce turkey-like sounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, yelp, cluck, kee-kee, cackle, cutting of the hen, purr, putt, gobble, tree call.
??Ease of use to produce turkey-like sounds -- i.e. how simple or user-friendly the call is to use.
??Tone, pitch and sound quality.
??Break over or roll over
??Versatility: the ability to obtain a vast range of turkey like sounds – i.e. both spring or fall type calls, gobbler or hen sounds, including the ability to sound like more than

1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
• NWTF Member entry fee is $20 for the 1st call and $10 for each additional call. Mouth Call “Diaphragm” entry fee $10 (note that this $10 fee covers all your entries for category 12). Please note all entries are 50% supportive unless the call maker specifies the entry is 100% donation. If entry is 100% donated, entry fees are waived, and MN NWTF retains 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the call.

• NON-NWTF Member entry fee is $30 per call. Mouth Call “Diaphragm” entry fee $15 (note that this $15 fee covers all your entries for category 12)
Please note all entries are 50% supportive unless the call maker specifies the
entry is 100% donation. If entry is 100% donated, entry fee is waived and MN NWTF
retains 100% of the proceeds of the call.

• Any maker donating 2 or more entries will be provided a free NWTF membership ($35) value includes 6 issues of Turkey Country Magazine. **NOTE** The free membership will be given to the membership number provided on your registration form. It is the call maker’s responsibility to provide a valid membership number.


9. Checks will be mailed out from MN NWTF after the convention. Please allow 1-3 weeks for additional score validation process, treasury report, and shipping of awards.

10. Restrictions: Calls made with box turtle or turtle shell are not permitted.

11. Call makers wishing to place business cards near their pieces may do so after judging is completed and ribbons have been placed.

12. All calls will be sold at Auction, Saturday afternoon and evening at the MN NWTF State Chapter Convention, Jan 10 2015.

13. Call makers may place absentee bids by filling out the bidding form and including it with their registration form. This amount will be the starting bid price and if this bid is not surpassed the call will be purchased by the call maker for the absentee bid amount.

14. All 1st place winners in the Hunting Categories will then be re-judged for the Best of Hunting Class. All 1st place winners in class1 & 2 (excluding category 12 Diaphragm division) will be scored for the best of show award. Category 12 Diaphragm division 1st place winner will receive the Henry Bridges award

15. Winners of the MN NWTF Norseman Call Making Competition will be announced about 7 p.m. Jan 10, 2015.