Commission Offers Free Turkey Hunting Seminars Statewide
The N.C. Wildlife Resources
Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 17 free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March
and April in anticipation of the upcoming spring turkey season.
The seminars, which will be conducted on introductory and
advanced levels, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at eight locations throughout the state. They are open on a first-come,
first-serve basis to all ages, although participants 16 years and younger will need parental permission to register.
seminars are designed for novice hunters or those who have never hunted turkey and would like to learn more. Topics will include
biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and ammo selection, camouflage clothing, and turkey cleaning and cooking
advanced seminars are for experienced turkey hunters. They will focus on advanced biology, and more complex hunting tactics,
calls and decoys. Advanced seminars also will include tips and strategies for dealing with stubborn, hard-to-hunt gobblers.
session, along with a brief presentation on hunter recruitment, retention and re-activation, will conclude each seminar.
Dates and locations are:
* March 3,
5 (Intro) and March 17 (Advanced)
Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education
1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh
March 9 (Intro) and March 10 (Advanced)
N.C. State University Cooperative Extension, Caldwell
120 Hospital Ave NE/Suite, Lenoir
* March 11 (Intro) and March 12 (Advanced)
State University Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center
1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem
* March 18 (Intro) and March
N.C. State University Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County Center
301 East Mountain Dr., Fayetteville
March 23 (Intro) and March 24 (Advanced)
Bass Pro Shops
Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
March 25 (Intro) and March 26 (Advanced)
N.C. State University Cooperative Extension, Onslow
4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville
* March 30 (Intro) and March 31 (Advanced)
State University Cooperative Extension, Pitt County Center
403 Government Circle, Suite
April 1 (Intro) and April 2 (Advanced)
N.C. State University Cooperative Extension, Mountain
Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center
455 Research Dr., Mills River
The statewide season for male or bearded turkey is April 11 through May 9, with a youth-only week from April 4-10.
Regulations and restrictions on turkey hunting, including information on youth season, are available in the 2014-15 Inland
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest<http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Regs/Documents/2014-15/NC-Regs-Digest.pdf>.
to 2015, the Wildlife Commission has held turkey hunting seminars only in Raleigh," said Walter "Deet" James,
the Commission's hunting heritage biologist. "Because they were such a huge success and filled up almost immediately,
we wanted to offer them in other parts of the state to bring awareness of conservation and wildlife-associated recreation
to a greater proportion of North Carolinians."
Pre-registration for the turkey hunting seminars is required. Register online
(www.ncwildlife.org/sbs<http://www.ncwildlife.org/sbs>) or contact Casey Williams at 919-707-0202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. Visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting<http://www.ncwildlife.org/hunting> and click on the "What
to Hunt" link for information about wild turkeys in North Carolina.