Turkey hunting seminars scheduled

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 11 free turkey hunting seminars across the state in March.

The seminars, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., are open on a first-come basis.

Each seminar is open to all ages and skill levels, although participants 16 years 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 turkey processing and cooking techniques. Each seminar will conclude with a Q & amp; A session and a brief overview of R3 (hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation) initiatives.

Four of the eleven seminars will be held:

- Mar. 1 – N.C. State University, SAS 2203 Auditorium, 2311 Stinson Dr., Raleigh, NC 27607

- Mar. 6 – Brunswick County Extension Ctr., Building N, 25 Referendum Dr., Boliva, NC 28422

- Mar. 7 – Craven County Extension Ctr., 300 Industrial Dr., New Bern, NC 28562

- Mar. 8 – Onslow County Extension Ctr., 4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, NC 28540

For additional information, contact Walter “Deet” James at 919-707-0059 (office), 984-202- 1387 (mobile) or email at hunting.heritage@ncwildlife.org.

Saltwater Fishing School

“Fisherman’s Post” is sponsoring a fishing school on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.

The all-day event will feature six sessions focusing on flounder, king mackerel, blue water, bottom fishing, redfish and trout, and nearshore variety fishing.

A $100 admission fee will include the full day of instruction, a t-shirt, rigging materials, tackle samples, door prizes, breakfast and lunch, and much more.

For information or to reserve seats, call 910-452-6378 or go online to school@fishermanspost.com.

3-D archery tournament

The Lenoir County Archers will host a 3-D archery tournament at their range near Kinston on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone Danny Jones at 252-341-7762 for directions or details.

Inshore Fishing School scheduled

Anglers prepping for the spring season have an opportunity to pick up some tips from experts at the Inshore Institute Fishing School.

That one-day instructional event will be held Feb. 17 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Pamlico County Community College in Grantsboro.

A number of experts, including local guides and at least one television personality, will give presentations on how to catch striped bass, speckled trout, flounder, red drum and other popular gamefish species.

In addition, there will be drawings for all kinds of door prizes including 7 guided fishing trips. A light breakfast and catered lunch will be provided.

Registration ($100/person) is open as long as space allows.

More information is available by phone at 252-745-0708 or online at www.neuseriverfishing.com.

Hunting Seasons

Youth Waterfowl Day – Feb. 10

Canada goose: (in Resident Population Zone) thru Feb. 10

Light geese (inc. snow, blue & Ross’ geese): thru Feb. 10

Controlled hunting preserves: thru Mar. 31

Raccoon, opossum, gray squirrel, grouse, bobcat: thru Feb. 28

Rabbit & amp; quail: thru Feb. 28

Common snipe: thru Feb. 28

Coyote, feral swine (hogs), nutria, skunk, groundhog or armadillo: no closed season Trapping: through Feb. 28

Note: Check the N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, available online or from Wildlife Service Agents, for additional information regarding seasons, bag limits and special provisions, especially for black bears.