Whether novice or veteran, a turkey hunter must be patient and adaptable to succeed.
That’s one of the lessons Trevor Capps hopes participants take from any of the 17 free turkey hunting seminars that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation will conduct around the state starting next week.
“The mistake made most is calling too much or calling too loud,” said Capps, a Linden resident who is president of the NWTF’s Sandhills Chapter and will be an instructor.
“What we teach in both courses (for newcomers and for experienced hunters) is what kind of frequency to call,” Capps, who bagged his first gobbler 25 years ago at age 13, said Monday. “A lot of times you call louder if the gobbler is not close, and as he gets closer, you’ve got to get real quiet, be softer. You have to be able to adjust to the turkey’s ‘temperature,’ basically.”
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Hunters have just a few weeks to prepare for the April 11-May 9 season. Youth-only hunting runs April 4-10.
The 6:30-8:30 p.m. seminars start with introductory sessions March 3 and March 5 and an advanced session March 17 at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.
More seminars are March 9 (novice) and March 10 (advanced) in Lenoir, March 11 and March 12 in Winston-Salem, March 18 and March 19 in Fayetteville, March 23 and March 24 in Concord, March 25 and March 26 in Jacksonville, March 30 and March 31 in Greenville and April 1 and April 2 in Mills River.
Hunters 16 and younger need an adult’s permission to attend.
Women’s event: The third Sandhills Chapter NWTF Women in the Outdoors event is March 7 at Camp Freedom in Falcon. Registration costs $65. The event includes shooting, archery, fishing, canoeing, tomahawk and more. Go to www.nwtf.org.
Striper season: The Roanoke River Management Area will open to striped bass harvest March 1-April 30, the wildlife commission said. The daily creel will be two stripers per angler. Minimum length is 18 inches, and no fish between 22 and 27 inches can be kept. Only one striper larger than 27 inches can be kept daily. Go to www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.
Continued: Bad weather Tuesday forced a second continuance of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s public hearing on permanent rules for coyote hunting in the red wolf reintroduction area. The hearing resumes at 7 p.m. March 3 at commission headquarters in Raleigh. The regular commission meeting is 9 a.m. March 5.
Boating: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Cary Flotilla will conduct its About Boating Safely course at 8 a.m-4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Nationwide Insurance Service Center, 4401 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Materials cost $35. Contact Ron Sanders at 919-781-5917.
Educate: It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Learn what you can do to prevent their spread at www.nisaw.org.
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