It’s time to get geared up for turkey season, and the best way to do that is to attend one of the 24 free turkey hunting seminars scheduled across the state in March and April. The seminars are a joint effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).
12 sites will host two seminars apiece. One seminar at each site will be an introduction to turkey hunting. The day after the introductory seminar, the advanced seminars will take place. Each seminar will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. The seminars are all free, and are open on a first-come, first-serve basis. All ages are welcome to attend, and anyone under 17 needs parental permission to take part.
The introductory seminars will focus on beginning turkey hunters, or those who feel they need a refresher course. Instruction will touch on an array of topics such as the biology of turkeys, hunting techniques, calling and decoying, proper gun and ammo selection, dressing for turkey hunting, and cleaning and cooking methods.
The advanced seminars are geared toward experienced turkey hunter. On top of a more advanced look at the topics covered in the introductory seminars, these will also go over tactics for luring in those hard-to-hunt gobblers that become the stuff of legend for their ability to evade hunters.
This is the second year the Commision has held these seminars, and this year they have increased the number from eight to 12, and added 30-minutes to each seminar.
The hosting sites and dates are as follows:
Feb. 29 (Intro) and Mar. 1 (Advanced)
N.C. State University SAS 2203 Auditorium, Wake County
2311 Stinson Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27607
Mar. 2(Intro) and Mar. 3 (Advanced)
Tidewater Research Station, Washington County
207 Research Station Rd.
Roper, NC 28970
Mar. 7 (Intro) and Mar. 8 (Advanced)
Pasquotank County Extension Center, Pasquotank County
1209 McPherson St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Mar. 9 (Intro) and Mar. 10 (Advanced)
Pitt County Extension Center, Pitt County
403 Government Circle, Suite 2
Greenville, NC 27834
Mar. 14 (Intro) and Mar. 15 (Advanced)
Cumberland County Extension Center, Cumberland County
301 East Mountain Dr.
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Mar. 16 (Intro) and Mar. 17 (Advanced)
Brunswick County Extension Center, Brunswick County
25 Referendum Dr.
Bolivia, NC 28422
Mar. 21 (Intro) and Mar. 22 (Advanced)
Onslow County Extension Center, Onslow County
4024 Richlands Hwy.
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Mar. 23 (Intro) and Mar. 24 (Advanced)
Bass Pro Shops, Cabarrus County
8181 Concord Mills Blvd
Concord, NC 28027
Mar. 28 (Intro) and Mar. 27 (Advanced)
Tri-County Community College, Cherokee County
21 Campus Circle
Murphy, NC 28906
Mar. 30 (Intro) and Mar. 31 (Advanced)
Haywood Community College, Haywood County
Clyde, NC 28721
Apr. 4 (Intro) and Apr. 5 (Advanced)
Caldwell County Extension Center, Caldwell County
120 Hospital Ave. NE/Suite 1
Lenoir, NC 28645
Apr. 6 (Intro) and Apr. 7 (Advanced)
Forsyth County Extension Center, Forsyth County
1450 Fairchild Rd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
These seminars couldn’t come at a better time; the bearded turkey season is April 9-May 7. Youth-only season runs from April 2-8.
Seminar attendees must be pre-registered. Click here to register online.