Thursday, February 1, 2018

Turkey Hunting Seminars Held By NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in conjunction with the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a series of seminars on turkey hunting across the state in March. All the seminars run from 6pm until 9pm. As I've never been turkey hunting but have always thought about it I may just attend one of these.

The NC turkey season opens for adults on April 14th and runs through May 12th. There is a special youth-only season beginning on April 7th and ending on April 13th.

More details are below. I might note that the nearest location to me is just around the corner from the Sierra Nevada Brewery which has an excellent restaurant and taproom.

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 31, 2018) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 11 free turkey hunting seminars across the state in March.

The seminars, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Each seminar is open to all ages and skill levels, although participants 16 years and younger will need parental permission to register. Pre-registration is required and participants must register online

Topics will include biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and ammo selection, camouflage clothing, and turkey processing and cooking techniques. Each seminar will conclude with a Q&A session and a brief overview of R3 (hunter recruitment, retention and re-activation) initiatives.

Dates and locations are:
March 7
Craven County Extension Center
300 Industrial Dr., New Bern, N.C. 28562 

March 8
Onslow County Extension Center
​4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, N.C. 28540 

March 13
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, N.C. 28027 

March 14
Cumberland County Extension Center
301 East Mountain Dr., Fayetteville, N.C. 28306 

March 20
Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center
455 Research Dr., Mills River, N.C. 28759

March 21
Haywood Community College
185 Freedlander Dr., Clyde, N.C. 28721 

March 27
Burke County Extension Center
130 Ammons Dr., Morganton N.C. 28655

March 28
Forsyth County Extension Center
1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27105 

March 29
Guilford County Extension Center
3309 Burlington Rd., Greensboro, N.C. 27405
“For four years now, the National Wild Turkey Federation has partnered with us to offer these seminars to increase participation in hunting while also maintaining conservation of wildlife and their habitats,” said Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s hunting heritage biologist. “This year, we’re asking current hunters to bring along someone who has never hunted beforeAny hunter who brings someone new to hunting will receive a Federation-sponsored pledge hat, while supplies last."

The statewide season for male or bearded turkey only is April 14 through May 12, with a youth-only week from April 7-13. Regulations and restrictions on turkey hunting, including information on youth season, are available in the 2017-18 Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest.

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