on Feb 17, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 3597
Media Contact: Kelsey Obernuefemann, Wildlife Educatin Specialist
(919) 707-0202
kelsey.obernuefemann@ncwildlife.org

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) – A second  introduction-to-turkey-hunting clinic is now scheduled for March 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, located at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh.

The center’s first clinic, scheduled for March 15, quickly filled to capacity prompting the National Wild Turkey Federation, in cooperation with the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission, to offer this second free turkey-hunting clinic.

“This turkey hunting clinic offers an excellent prerequisite for preparing new hunters, youth or adult, for the upcoming spring turkey season in April,” said Walter “Deet” James, the Hunting Heritage biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Seasoned turkey hunters know that experience is the best teacher and sharing that experience is a great way for the new turkey hunter to get started.”

Topics to be covered in the clinic include:

  • Calls and calling
  • Habits and habitats
  • Scouting and hunting techniques
  • Equipment, ammo and firearms
  • Safety and hunting requirements
  • Conservation

The clinics are part of an ongoing collaboration between N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, its Hunting Heritage program and partnership conservation groups. Possible future clinics could include topics on deer hunting, small game hunting and upland game bird hunting.

“There is a substantial interest in hunting, and support for conservation and outdoor recreation in North Carolina,” said Kelsey Obernuefemann, a wildlife education specialist who is helping organize the clinics. “Most hunters get started when someone helps them move beyond their initial interest into being an active sportsman. These clinics are designed to do that.”

The National Wild Turkey Federation is a nonprofit organization that has worked for the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of hunting heritage since 1973.

Before the National Wild Turkey Federation was established, wild turkeys were infrequent in North Carolina, with only some 2,000 birds in 1970. Today, there are more than 150,000 from the mountains to the coast, and it is one of the most popular game animals.

Children are welcome to the clinics, but must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register, please contact Obernuefemann at (919) 707-0202 or kelsey.obernuefemann@ncwildlife.org.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is an open-to-the-public learning facility located on the first floor of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission headquarters on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University. Interactive exhibits at the center highlight.