Wildlife Commission Offers Free Turkey Hunting Seminars Statewide in February and March

By / Fishing / Tuesday, 16 February 2016 05:00

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 24 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 6:30-9 p.m. at 12 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.
Pre-registration is required. Register online. The introductory seminars are designed for novice turkey hunters or those who have never hunted turkey, but all are welcome. Topics will include biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and ammo selection, camouflage clothing, and turkey cleaning and cooking techniques. The advanced seminars are for experienced turkey hunters, but all are welcome. Focus will be on advanced biology, and more complex hunting tactics, calls and decoys. Advanced seminars will include tips and strategies for dealing with stubborn, hard-to-hunt gobblers and include cleaning and cooking techniques as well. A question-and-answer session, along with a brief overview of hunter recruitment, retention and re-activation initiatives, will conclude each seminar.
Dates and locations are:·   
• Feb. 29 (Intro) and March 1 (Advanced) N.C. State University SAS 2203 Auditorium, Wake County  2311 Stinson Dr., Raleigh, N.C. 27607 GPS coordinates: (35.784886, -78.666868)
• March 2 (Intro) and March 3 (Advanced) Tidewater Research Station, Washington County  207 Research Station Rd., Roper, N.C. 28970 GPS coordinates: (35.872992, -76.658802)
• March 7 (Intro) and March 8 (Advanced) Pasquotank County Extension Center, Pasquotank County 1209 McPherson St., Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909 GPS coordinates: (36.298477, -76.235738)
• March 9 (Intro) and March 10 (Advanced) Pitt County Extension Center, Pitt County 403 Government Circle, Suite 2, Greenville, N.C. 27834
• March 14 (Intro) and March 15 (Advanced) Cumberland County Extension Center, Cumberland County 301 East Mountain Dr., Fayetteville, N.C. 28306 GPS coordinates: (35.012639, -78.893928)
• March 16 (Intro) and March 17 (Advanced) Brunswick County Extension Center, Brunswick County 25 Referendum Dr., Bolivia, N.C. 28422 GPS coordinates: (34.056713, -78.165797)
• March 21 (Intro) and March 22 (Advanced) Onslow County Extension Center, Onslow County 4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, N.C. 28540 GPS coordinates: (34.781641, -77.494023)
• March 23 (Intro) and March 24 (Advanced) Bass Pro Shops, Cabarrus County 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, N.C. 28027 GPS coordinates: (35.367147, -80.718964)
• March 28 (Intro) and March 29 (Advanced) Tri-County Community College, Cherokee County 21 Campus Circle, Murphy, N.C. 28906 GPS coordinates: (35.067836, -83.966205)
• March 30 (Intro) and March 31 (Advanced) Haywood Community College, Haywood County Freedlander Dr., Clyde, N.C. 28721 GPS coordinates: (35.525949, -82.927936)
• April 4 (Intro) and April 5 (Advanced) Caldwell County Extension Center, Caldwell County 120 Hospital Ave. NE/Suite 1, Lenoir, N.C. 28645 GPS coordinates: (35.922477, -81.523500)
• April 6 (Intro) and April 7 (Advanced) Forsyth County Extension Center, Forsyth County 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27105 GPS coordinates: (36.128816, -80.225864)
The statewide season for male or bearded turkey is April 9 through May 7, with a youth-only week from April 2-8. Regulations and restrictions on turkey hunting, including information on youth season, are available in the 2015-16 Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest.
Pre-registration for the turkey hunting seminars is required and participants must register online. For additional information contact Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s hunting heritage biologist, 919-707-0059; mobile, 984-202-1387 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 “This is the second year in a row that we’ve held these turkey seminars across the state in an effort to increase awareness of wildlife-associated recreational opportunities,” said James. “Because they were such a huge success and filled up so quickly, we expanded the locations from eight to 12 this year. “In addition, we increased the seminar time by one half-hour so as to provide additional information based on seminar attendee requests. In short, our goal is to both expand and improve the seminar series.”
Visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting  and click on the “What to Hunt” link for information about wild turkeys in North Carolina.


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