April is here once again so grab your calls and get ready for action-packed hunts and enjoy the NC turkey hunting season!
NC Turkey Season Dates 2015
Anyone who is interested has two events: the Regular Season and the Youth Season. Regular Season is from April 11 to May 9 and only allows the hunt of male and bearded turkeys. During this NC turkey season, hunters are not allowed to use dogs or use just any kind of handgun or rifle. They are not also permitted to posses live birds or wild turkeys which are indistinguishable from wild turkeys.
The Youth Season, on the other hand, occurs between April 4 and 10. Rules for this category require that young people below 16 years old should have a licensed adult around 21 years old or above accompany them. Each young person should only use one kind of weapon and should have a Big Games Harvest Report Card where they can report their harvests. NC turkey hunting rules state that only male and bearded turkeys may be hunted. Those who want to be part of the event can learn more about the details of the NC Turkey Season Dates 2015 on the NCWF website.
Other Information about Turkey Season
Interested participants of the Turkey Season can also get more information about hunting and lodging places on the NWTF website. Helpful hunting tips and methods, including how to aim accurately, are also available on the website.
For those who are interested in chufa planting, the event also occurs the same time which is around April and May. Chufa, especially Turkey Gold chufa, is popular with turkeys and often the preferred turkey food among hunters. These nut-like tubers grow under the ground and can thrive almost any type of soil — especially well-drained soils. In fact, they usually grow where corns also grow.
The NCNWTF offers a subsidized price for Turkey Gold Chufa where annual members can avail of one bag while sponsor members can have two bags. Part of the proceeds will finance the establishment of wild turkey habitats across the country.
Furthermore, if someone would rather preserve his or her turkey rather than eat them, they can contact a taxidermist at the Safari West Studio . They provide high quality taxidermy recreating the emotions of the hunt. They specialize in big game mounts, but they can also customize the trophy to help hunters relive their experience and emotions.
Turkeys have always been abundant in North Carolina, even before the first settlers from Europe arrived. However, their numbers greatly declined by the turn of the century until the 1960s. Fortunately, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission started a restoration program causing their numbers to grow steadily over the years. Statistics report that in 2010 the turkey population was already around 260,000.