RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation will present 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. 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 a brief turkey processing/cooking overview. Each seminar will conclude with a Q&A session and brief overview of R3 (hunter recruitment, retention and re-activation) initiatives.
“This seminar is specifically geared for people who are interested in turkey hunting, but need help getting started,” said Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s R3 hunting specialist. “Though it’s open to all skill levels, it is particularly beneficial for people who lack an existing hunting mentor.”
Dates and locations are:
Forsyth County Extension Center
1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27105
March 4 (see registration page for Fort Bragg access information)
Fort Bragg NCO Academy
A4375 Deglopper St., Fort Bragg, N.C. 28310
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, N.C. 28027
N.C. State University
3114 Engineering Building II, Classroom 1025
890 Oval Dr., Raleigh, N.C. 27606
Brunswick County Extension Center
25 Referendum Dr., Bolivia, N.C. 28422
Craven County Extension Center
300 Industrial Dr., New Bern, N.C. 28562
Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center
455 Research Dr., Mills River, N.C. 28759
Guilford County Extension Center
3309 Burlington Rd., Greensboro, N.C. 27405
Cumberland County Extension Center
301 E. Mountain Dr., Fayetteville, N.C. 28306
Onslow County Extension Center
4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, N.C. 28540
Wilkes County Agricultural Center
416 Executive Dr., Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697
The statewide season for male or bearded turkey only 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 2019-20 Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest. For more information on turkey seminars, visit ncwildlife.org/sbs.