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RALEIGH —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the National Wild Turkey Federation, will hold introduction and advanced turkey hunting seminars at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in March.

The introductory seminars for novice turkey hunters will be held on March 4 and March 18. These sessions will provide the basics for beginners, including wild turkey biology, habits and habitats, as well as scouting and hunting techniques. Instructors will review equipment, ammo and firearms needs.

The advanced seminars will be held on March 5 and March 19. These sessions will focus on strategies and tactics for experienced hunters wanting to hone their skills.

The statewide season for male or bearded turkey is April 12 through May 10. Regulations and restrictions on turkey hunting, including information on youth season, is available in the Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, available online at www.ncwildlife.org.

All seminars are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the center’s auditorium. The seminars are free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, contact Casey Williams at 919-707-0202 or casey.williams@ncwildlife.org.

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 statewide. 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 Wildlife Commission headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. Interactive exhibits at the center highlight Piedmont wildlife species and habitats.

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