National Wild Turkey Federation Debuts 3-Part “Guitars And Gobblers” Series Featuring Heath Sanders

Kicking off later this week is a new video series from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the same group that recently provided an exclusive behind the scenes look at a turkey hunting trip with the boys from Muscadine Bloodline

NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, South Carolina and tirelessly dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting as a cultural way of life. With more than 250,000 members, NWTF is the largest grassroots network of turkey hunters in the entire world.

When NWTF was founded in 1973, just 1.3 million wild turkey’s existed in the United States. Today, thanks in large part to conservation efforts spearheaded by NWTF, there are more than 7 million wild turkeys clucking around America’s wild places. The organ

The 3-part video series was filmed during a spring turkey hunt in Kansas with country singers Heath Sanders, and Justin Adams, as well as songwriter Brad Clawson.

Heath Sanders music career has spread like a wild fire ever since a 2018 video of covering Chris Stapleton’s song “Either Way” went viral online.  The footage racked up millions of views seemingly overnight and immediately connected Sanders to authentic music fans across blue collar America. Since then the Arkansas native has gone from a full time natural gas worker to a bona fide country music sensation, and his fanbase continues to grow.

Just last week he debuted a new music video for his single, “Old School’s In.

Justin Adams was born and raised in Oklahoma where he fell in love with the great outdoors. After playing college football at the University of Northern Iowa, he set his sites on pursuing a music career and the up and comer hasn’t slowed down since. He’s already opened for some of the biggest acts in country music, but despite his busy schedule he always finds time to spend some time in the woods.

Both of Brad Clawson’s parents are also songwriters, so it’s not surprising that he picked up a guitar and joined the family business as well. If you’re not familiar, you know his work. He’s written songs for Morgan Wallen, Kenny Chesney and Jon Langston among others.

The 3 men will be the focus of their own individual episode that will provide a glimpse into each of their careers in the music industry alongside some great hunting footage and reflections about their respective life experiences in the great outdoors.

The spirt of the Gobblers and Guitars series isn’t just about music and turkey calls though, it’s about the solitude and solace that can only be found by immersing yourself in nature. That spirit is best summarized with a sound clip from Heath Sanders:

“There’s a Matchbox 20 lyric that says I wish the real world would stop hassling me. But the real world doesn’t hassle you. Just go out there and sit in it. It leaves you alone, and that’s the beauty of it.”

Listen to Heath Sanders on the Whiskey Riff Raff podcast.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock