The Bays Mountain Longbeards are dedicated to teaching the principles of responsible wildlife appreciation to the youth and offer an annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day.
By Susan Kendrick Lauhoff
Local National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) member, Toy Simpson, recently shared a morning scouting turkey for the spring hunting season, which runs from March 31 through May 13, 2012.
Simpson, banquet co-chair and past president of the Kingsport NWTF chapter (known as the Bays Mountain Longbeards), is the go-to-guy for questions regarding the NWTF, turkeys, turkey callers, food plots and hunting locations. The first-place winner in 2011’s harvest, the man knows turkeys and how to make callers.
"The NWTF was founded in 1973. It’s nationwide and there are over 80 chapters in Tennessee," Simpson explained. "The Bays Mountain Chapter was started in 1999 and I was a charter member. I also make the wing bone callers first used by Indians."
A non-profit organization, the NWTF is a leader in wildlife habitat conservation in all states, as well as in Canada and in Mexico. Thanks to the NWTF and their partners, wild turkey populations across North America have soared. Tennessee leads in land purchasing for that conservation. The Bay Mountain Longbeards maintain food plots, including one on the north side of the Kingsport Reservoir on Bays Mountain where turkey, deer and bear enjoy the planted clover.
Simpson shared that his local chapter actually does more than hunt. They help the needy during the holidays by donating turkeys, and host an awards banquet where an annual student scholarship is given. The Bays Mountain Longbeards are dedicated to teaching the principles of responsible wildlife appreciation to the youth and offer an annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day. Local gun clubs also benefit from the NWTF organization.
For more information about the National Wild Turkey Federation or the Bays Mountain Longbeards, please contact Toy Simpson at 423-349-4484 or 3605 Reservoir Road, Kingsport, TN 37660.comments powered by Disqus