If you didn’t grow up with a hunting mentor, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Quality Deer Management Association are teaming up to help you learn about deer hunting.
As fall’s early hunting seasons begin, free seminars for new or experienced hunters are being offered around the state, starting 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in Raleigh at the commission’s Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education at 1751 Varsity Drive.
The seminars are part of an ongoing educational effort that is “recruitment, retention and reactivation” of new, current and inactive hunters, said Walter “Deet” James, the commission’s hunting heritage biologist.
“Our constituents are hungry for skills-based seminars, and … we want to reach this new audience of ‘locavors,’ or people interested in homegrown gardens, hunting for their own meat and fishing for their own fish,” James said.
People in their 30s and 40s who haven’t had hunting and fishing in their families also are seeking instruction and the chance to join the state’s 335,000 hunting and trapping participants estimated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, James said.
Based on the popularity of turkey hunting seminars this past spring and interest in the deer seminars, organizers have chosen larger-capacity venues. And if the Raleigh session fills up, an Oct. 6 workshop will be added, James said.
Additional sessions over the next week will be held Sept. 16 at the Pitt County Extension Center in Greenville and Sept. 17 at Mayo Lake Park in Roxboro in Person County.
Seven additional sessions include a Sept. 30 seminar at Bass Pro Shops in Concord.
Find the schedule and register at www.ncwildlife.org/sbs.
Treestand safety: The Quality Deer Management Association’s Triangle Branch also is offering free educational programs, which will be part of the chapter’s meetings at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Cabela’s store in Garner.
The Sept. 28 meeting will include a treestand safety presentation and demonstrations of stands and safety gear, and the Oct. 26 meeting will cover deer rut seasons and chronic wasting disease, organizer Sid Adkins said.
Nonmembers are welcome.
Sunday hunting: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has updated its 2015-16 Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest to clarify Sunday hunting prohibitions on page 41. The digest is at bit.ly/1hroOxA.
Hunting on Sundays with firearms on private lands becomes legal Oct. 1. Until that date, only archery and falconry are allowable for taking game.
The change clarifies that hunting on Sundays “with firearms” will be remain prohibited in Wake and Mecklenburg counties. It also clarifies that hunting “with a firearm” within 500 yards of a place of worship or any accessory structure thereof, or within 500 yards of a residence not owned by the landowner, is prohibited.
Shooting: The Fork Classic sporting clays tournament will be held Sept. 12 at The Fork Farm in Norwood. Fees are $45-$75. Visit www.theforkfarm.com.
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