RALEIGH, N.C. (March 1, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the National Wild Turkey Federation, will hold two free turkey hunting clinics at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education to help interested hunters prepare for the spring season.
An introductory session for novice turkey hunters will be held March 26. An advanced turkey hunting clinic will be held on March 27. Both are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the center’s auditorium.
There is no charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. While participants will not be firing live rounds, there will be plenty of practice with turkey calls. Participants will gain practical knowledge and learn turkey hunting skills to improve their abilities in the field.
“As turkey hunting continues to grow in popularity, so does the interest in participating,” said Walter “Deet” James, hunting heritage biologist with the Wildlife Commission and a presenter at both clinics. “Becoming a turkey hunter, however, is much more than pulling a trigger or releasing a bow string. These skills-based workshops will offer practical knowledge with a large dose of first-hand experience.”
Like the deer hunting clinics last fall, the turkey hunting clinics were scheduled in the evening to give people in the greater Wake County area time to get to the Wildlife Commission’s education center after work.
“You do not have to attend one clinic to attend the other, but they have been scheduled as complementary clinics to usher hunters along the adoption-process continuum,” James said. “The introductory session will provide the basics for the interested beginner, while the advanced clinic will focus on strategies and tactics for the experienced hunter seeking an edge for those stubborn old gobblers.”
Topics to be covered include:
- Wild turkey biology, habits and habitats;
- Types of calls, methods of calling and hands-on practice;
- Scouting and hunting techniques;
- Equipment, ammo and firearms; and,
- Safety and hunting requirements.
The North Carolina chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has been a valued partner to the Wildlife Commission in the reintroduction of the wild turkey in North Carolina. Before the 1970s, wild turkeys were scarce in North Carolina, with only about 2,000 birds. Today, there are more than 150,000 birds from the mountains to the coast, and wild turkeys are one of the most popular game animals.
The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is one of four learning centers operated by the Wildlife Commission. The center is located on the first floor of the Commission’s headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.