Crossroads NWTF chairman attends national convention

Evan Traynor is the local NWTF chapter chairman
Evan Traynor is the local NWTF chapter chairman

REED CITY — Evan Traynor of the Reed City Crossroads National Wild Turkey Federation chapter was among the attendees at Saturday’s state convention in Big Rapids.

Traynor and his chapter is getting ready for the Crossroads Hunting Heritage Banquet at 5:30 p.m. on April 28 at Eagles Nest, Eagle Village.

The convention’s state banquet at the Holiday Inn recognized chapters that have met or exceeded various goals.

“This year we did get recognized for the number of JAKES (youth hunters) we signed up for you at chapter dinners,” Traynor said. “The JAKES are our 17 and under children we get signed up for members. There’s seven different areas they measure you in how you improve. Last year we did get an award. We didn’t get one this year. But we’re doing better every year in only our fifth year.”

Every year, the Crossroads chapter has a summer event for JAKES members at the Reed City Sportsman Club.

“All the different events chapters have helped toward the goals of individual chapters,” Traynor said.

The Crossroads banquet averages about 125 attendees at banquets, Traynor said.

“A majority of them are from Osceola County but we get some from Mecosta County,” Traynor said. “We get some people that come from the Grand Rapids area and a few others south. You get a lot of people that attend multiple banquets.”