RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold free turkey hunting seminars on the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, March 3, 5 and 17 in anticipation of the upcoming spring turkey season.
The sessions, which will be conducted on introductory and advanced levels, will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. 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.
The introductory 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 techniques.
The 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.
A question-and-answer session, along with a brief presentation on hunter recruitment, retention and re-activation, will conclude each seminar.
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.
Pre-registration for the turkey hunting seminars is required. Register online (ncwildlife.org/sbs) or contact Casey Williams at 919-707-0202 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more in-formation.
See ncwildlife.org/hunting and click on the What to Hunt link for information about wild turkeys in North Carolina.