The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Wildlife Federation will offer eight free deer hunting and processing seminars in Raleigh and Fayetteville in September and October.

The “Introduction to Deer Hunting” and the “Practical Deer Processing: From Field to Freezer” seminars are intended for individuals who have never hunted or are new to hunting, although hunters and those they mentor are encouraged to attend.

Topics at the deer hunting seminars will include whitetail habits and habitats, scouting techniques, essential equipment, tree stand safety, effective shot placement, tracking techniques and field dressing. Topics at the deer processing seminar will include field dressing, taxidermy, skinning, safe meat handling and basic home processing.

Seminars will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Locations and dates are:

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (Auditorium)

1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh

Sept. 6 and Sept. 11 ­­– Introduction to Deer Hunting

Sept. 13 and Sept. 18 – Practical Deer Processing: From Field to Freezer

John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville

Sept. 20 and Sept. 25 – Introduction to Deer Hunting

Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 – Practical Deer Processing: From Field to Freezer

Pre-registration is required and participants must register online at www.ncwildlife.org/sbs. For more information, contact Walter “Deet” James at 919-707-0059 or hunting.heritage@ncwildlife.org.

The Commission and the Federation are conducting these seminars as part of the Federation’s “Farmers and Communities Manage Deer” program, which promotes effective deer management through hunting and the sustainable use of harvested wild game. More information about the program can be found on the Federation’s website.

For information about deer and deer hunting in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.