A series of 24 seminars offering free instruction in hunting for wild turkeys has been scheduled at 12 sites across North Carolina, including sessions at Concord Mills and Lenoir.
The programs are a joint undertaking by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The Concord Mills event is March 23-24 at Bass Pro Shops. The first meeting is devoted to introductory-type instruction for newcomers to hunting turkeys. The second session is for advanced hunters.
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The Lenoir dates are April 4 (introductory) andApril 5 (advanced) These seminars are to be held at the Caldwell County Extension Center, 120 Hospital Ave., NE, Suite 1.
All meetings are 6:30-9 p.m.
Among the topics to be covered are hunting methods, calls and decoys, camouflage, firearms and ammo selection.
The statewide season for male turkeys (bearded) is April 9-May 7 (hens may not be taken). There is to be a youth-only week of hunting April 2-8.
Pre-registration for the seminars is required online at ncwildlife.org. For further information contact the Wildlife Commission’s Walter “Deet” James at (919) 707-0059, (984) 202-1387 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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S.C. plans workshop on coyote trapping
With the population of predatory coyotes expanding across South Carolina and exacting a heavy toll on fawn deer, the state’s Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a workshop on trapping the animals.
It is scheduled Feb. 18 at the Santee Convention Center, 1737 Bass Drive in the town of Santee,1:30-5 p.m. Attendance is limited to 50 and a registration fee of $15 is required.
A professional trapper will assist in the instruction co-sponsored by Clemson Extension Service.
To register log onto www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/coyote/control.
Additional seminars likely will be held throughout the state later this year at dates to be announced.
Virginian’s white marlin certified as N.C. record
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a Virginia man’s 138-pound white marlin for listing as the state record.
Neil Manning of Ashburn, Va., boated the billfish Nov. 16 while slow-trolling off Hatteras Island with a live menhaden as bait. The fish measured 85 inches in length and 37 in girth.
The previous N.C. record was 118 1/2 pounds, caught off Oregon Inlet in 1976. The world record for white marlin is 181 pounds, 14 ounces, caught off the coast of Brazil.
Catches Of The Week
▪ The trio of Kevin Custer, Kenneth Holstein and Trey Peacock, all of Statesville, teamed to win a NC-CATS tournament Saturday at Lake Norman with catfish weighing 47.06 pounds. Their largest catfish scaled 37.6 pounds. Alan and Lynn Long finished second with a catch totaling 45.74 pounds.
▪ Wahoo in the 50-pound range off Ocean Isle by Billy Noble, Joe Burger and the husband-wife duo of Chris and Robin Campbell.