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Wildlife Commission Offers 11 Free Turkey Hunting Seminars Statewide

RALEIGH, N.C. — 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 and participants 16 years old 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.

“Since 2015, 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. “Although open to all skill levels, this ‘all-in-one’ seminar is specifically created for those who are interested in turkey hunting, but don’t know how to get started. It’s especially suited for people who lack an existing hunting mentor.”

Dates and locations are:

March 5
Craven County Extension Center

300 Industrial Dr., New Bern, N.C. 28562

March 6
Onslow County Extension Center
4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, N.C. 28540

March 7
Forsyth County Extension Center
1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27105

March 12
N.C. State University 

3114 Engineering Building II, Classroom 1025 

890 Oval Dr., Raleigh, N.C. 27606 


March 13
Brunswick County Extension Center
 Building N 

25 Referendum Dr., Bolivia, N.C. 28422

March 14
Richmond County Extension Center

123 Caroline St., Rockingham, N.C. 28379

March 19
Caldwell County Extension Center
 – Suite 1 

120 Hospital Ave., Lenoir, N.C. 28645

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

March 21
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, N.C. 28027

March 27
Guilford County Extension Center
3309 Burlington Rd., Greensboro, N.C. 27405

March 28
Cumberland County Extension Center
301 E. Mountain Dr., Fayetteville, N.C. 28306

The statewide season for male or bearded turkey only is April 13 through May 11, with a youth-only week from April 6–12. Regulations and restrictions on turkey hunting, including information on youth season, are available in the 2018-19 Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest.