NCWRC, NWTF offering free turkey hunting seminars

The NCWRC and NWTF are teaming up to offer turkey hunting seminars across N.C. in March.

Seminars will be held in March

With deer and duck seasons behind us, North Carolina hunters are looking forward to bagging a gobbler beginning next month. The youth season runs April 6 — 12, followed by the statewide season April 13 — May 11.

To help hunters prepare for the season, the NCWRC and NWTF are offering 11 free turkey hunting seminars throughout the state this month. Seminar speakers will cover a wide range of topics, including turkey biology, the use of calls and decoys, selecting the right firearms and ammo, and even cooking techniques.

Walter “Deet” James, the NCWRC hunting heritage biologist, said hunters of all skill levels are welcome to attend. He expects new hunters with little knowledge of turkey hunting to get the most from the clinics.

“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. 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,” said James.

While the seminars are free, attendees must pre-register by visiting

The dates and locations are as follows:

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 Carolina 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

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