The National Wild Turkey Federation Smith County Chapter is hold its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler.

The banquet comes as Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is releasing more eastern wild turkeys in East Texas. A release was made last week in the Angelina National Forest. Additional stockings could be coming later in Anderson, Cherokee and Henderson counties if enough birds are trapped in other states.

Tickets for this year's banquet are $55 for individuals and $80 for couples. Both include an annual membership to NWTF along with the meal. An individual sponsorship is $300.

Other sponsorships include, Silver Table, $500, with five memberships, a sponsor membership and six dinner tickets; a Gold Table, $650, with seven memberships, a sponsor membership and eight dinner tickets; and a Platinum Gun Table, $1,100, with nine memberships, a sponsor membership, 10 dinner tickets and a firearm valued up to $400.

For more information contact chapter chair A.J. Cook at 903-539-1505 or


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