NWTF chapter banquet April 29

REED CITY — Evan Traynor is president of the Crossroads Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, which will have another banquet in the spring.

Traynor was at the NWTF's state convention in Big Rapids last month. The chapter's banquet will be on April 29 at Eagle Village.

This will be the fifth annual Crossroads banquet which has had turnouts of around 125.

"We're expecting the same this year," Traynor said. "Usually, we try to gather people from the Big Rapids, Reed City, Evart and Cadillac areas."

Activities include a dinner, and private and public auctions. The main goal is having individuals interested in improving habitat. Participants aren't necessarily all hunters.

"Habitat improvement also benefits grouse, deer, squirrels, everything," Traynor said.

The state convention was a good source of information for Traynor.

"This is where other chapters in the state get recognized for what they've been doing," Traynor said. "This is the weekend they had the state chapter board meeting and finalize budgets."

He's also an active hunter and is looking forward to the spring turkey season.

"The turkey hunting will do well because we're having kind of a mild winter from last year and we had a good turkey (habitat)," Traynor said. "It's milder compared to normal."

Traynor is also an active deer hunter.

"I did not get a buck," he said. "I saw a lot of them. We hunt up north during the muzzleloader season in the U.P. There's more bucks up there than previous years. The weather was mild enough that they were really nocturnal."