STATE: Wildlife Commission presents turkey hunting seminars

Published 6:38 am Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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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 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:

March 3
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

March 5
Bass Pro Shops

8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, N.C. 28027

March 10
N.C. State University
3114 Engineering Building II, Classroom 1025
890 Oval Dr., Raleigh, N.C. 27606

March 11
Brunswick County Extension Center
Building N
25 Referendum Dr., Bolivia, N.C. 28422

March 12
Craven County Extension Center
300 Industrial Dr., New Bern, N.C. 28562

March 17
Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center

455 Research Dr., Mills River, N.C. 28759

March 18
Guilford County Extension Center

3309 Burlington Rd., Greensboro, N.C. 27405

March 19
Cumberland County Extension Center

301 E. Mountain Dr., Fayetteville, N.C. 28306

March 25
Onslow County Extension Center
4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, N.C. 28540

March 26
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