Sweet Apple Game Calls – Wins 2015 Turkey Fest World Invitational Championship!
TNT Outdoor Explosion TV hosts Todd Cast and Marty Fischer along with videographer Scott Schofield teamed up to win the 2015 Turkey Fest World Invitational Championship held in Henrietta, Texas April 8-12. The World Invitational Championship is hosted by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and is one of two hunting events held at Turkey Fest there each spring. They also sponsor an amateur event sponsored by Cabela’s called The Battle of the Beards, which is open to residents of Texas and Oklahoma. In each event, the largest gobbler taken using the National Wild Turkey Federation scoring system is declared the winner.
Each year teams competing for the World Champion title in the Pro Division are placed on host ranch properties in Clay County, located just south of the Red River which serves as the border between Texas and Oklahoma. Teams consist of three individuals, a shooter, caller and videographer from seven to eight national outdoor television series who were invited to participate by the Clay County Chamber.
The TNT team harvested the two gobbler turkeys allowed for each Pro team. The second bird, taken on the Blake Brothers Ranch located south of Henrietta proved to be the highest scoring bird taken by the Pro teams, giving them the World Invitational Championship for the first time.
The winning gobbler tipped the scales at 21 pounds nine ounces and sported a 9 7/8” beard and spurs of 1 ¼” and 1 3/16” respectively. Their total score of 65.6875 bested a gobbler taken by the second place team, Huntin’ the World, by more than two points. The team taped a television show during the event that will air in early 2016 on the Pursuit Channel. Both gobblers were called to the gun by Marty Fischer using Sweet Apple Game Calls products.
Turkey Fest is a hunting festival founded by the Henrietta Clay County Chamber of Commerce nine years ago to promote business and tourism in the area. The event has grown exponentially over the years and now consists of three days of hunting and functions. The event culminates with a Saturday daytime Turkey Fest celebration on the town square featuring turkey races, live music, arts and crafts booths and more. A Saturday night awards banquet attended by more than 300 patrons, while the daytime event attracts more than 5,000 attendees from throughout the region.