Mark March 8 on your calendar and get your tickets now for the next local Hunting Heritage Banquet.

The Green Country Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will host their annual banquet at Claremore Conference Center to raise money for projects that conserve wildlife and preserve Oklahoma’s hunting heritage.

“This is the chapter’s second year hosting our banquet,” said Matt Payne. “It’s the best opportunity in town to meet other people who care about conservation while enjoying good food, good music and good fun.”

Dinner starts at 6:30 PM, but arrive at 5:30 to enjoy a social hour before the banquet begins.

Families can play games and enter raffles to win up to 12 guns including a Benelli M2 America 12 Gauge with the NWTF logo engraved, a Kimber Micro 9mm 2 tone with the NWTF logo and a Savage Axis 6.5 Creedmoor with a Weaver scope. There also will be silent and live auctions for exclusive framed art, guns, collectibles, sculptures home furnishings and more.

Corporate sponsor tables that seat eight people cost $750 and include a corporate sponsor gift. Couple’s tickets are $65 and single tickets are $50. All ticket prices include admission, dinner and a single one-year NWTF membership.

Local and state NWTF chapters host thousands of similar events nationwide each year to raise funds that help conserve wildlife and habitat, and introduce new people to the outdoors. Many families enjoy hunting together and pass traditions on from one generation to another. Hunting also is important for the health of our nation’s wildlife and habitat because hunters fund conservation.

For information about the Green Country Strutters Hunting Heritage Banquet, contact Matt Payne at 918-706-9627 and/or paynewildlife@yahoo.com.

About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

The NWTF “Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.” initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to “Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”