Turkey Hunting Seminars Coming Up

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey

Federation are offering free turkey hunting seminars across the state during March.

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

first-served basis and participants 16 years old and younger will need parental

permission to register. Pre-registration is required and participants must register

online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Skills-Based-Seminars.

Topics will include biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and

ammo selection, turkey processing and cooking techniques, and much more. One

of the seminars will be at the Craven County Extension Center in New Bern on

March 5. Another is scheduled for March 6 at the Onslow County Extension Center in Jacksonville.

The Inshore Institute

Anglers who enjoy fishing in the creeks, river and sounds of eastern North

Carolina will have a unique opportunity on Saturday, Feb. 23 to learn techniques

and strategies from some of the top experts in this part of the country. The 2019

Inshore Institute will be hosted by Neuse River Bait and Tackle at Pamlico

Community College (5049 Hwy 306S, Grantsboro) on that day from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Well-known guides with, collectively, hundreds of years of experience fishing

for speckled trout, stripers, flounder, red drum, Spanish mackerel and cobia will

share their expertise and help all those in attendance have more angling success.

The day will kick off with a light breakfast, followed by presentations and

demonstrations. Lunch will be catered by Moore’s BBQ. A featured presenter will

be Mark Davis of television’s award-winning Big Water Adventures. Throughout

the day there will be raffles for over $8,000-worth of fishing gear and seven guided fishing trips.

Tickets to the Inshore Institute ($100) include raffles and meals. For more

information or to purchase tickets, visit Neuse River Bait and Tackle on Hwy. 55

in Grantsboro or phone 252-745-0708.

Hunter Education courses

The Hunter Education course, required by the N.C. Wildlife Resources

Commission for all hunters age 16 and up, will be offered on Feb. 17 at the South

East Volunteer Fire Department in Oriental; on Feb. 18 at River Park North in

Greenville; and on Feb. 19 at Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston and Cedar Point. To

sign up or get more information, go online to www.ncwildlife.org and click on the

scrolling Hunter Education banner at the bottom of the home page.

Open Season

Raccoon, opossum, gray and red squirrel – thru Feb. 28

Note: Fox squirrels are legal game in only select counties. Check the NCWRC

Regulations Digest, p.72

Grouse – thru Feb. 28

Rabbit and Quail –thru Feb. 28

Bobcat – thru Feb. 28

Crow – Wed., Fri. and Sat. thru Feb. 28

Coyote, groundhog, nutria, armadillo and feral hogs – no closed season

Controlled Hunting Preserves – thru Mar. 31

Striped Bass (Cent.-Southern Mgmt. Area) – thru Apr. 30