Dixie Deer Classic 2018

Dixie Deer Classic 2018The 2018 Dixie Deer Classic: Join in for Some Good Fun for a Great Cause!

Since the first event was held way back in 1981, the Dixie Deer Classic has grown to become one of the most anticipated events in the country for outdoor sports enthusiasts. With an impressive slate of presentations and exhibits, this year’s event promises to be the best one yet.  

What is the Dixie Deer Classic? 

The Dixie Deer Classic was formed as a way to bring together hunters and sporting enthusiasts from all over the nation and help them network, communicate, and learn from each other. Each year since, new events, contests, seminars, and exhibits have been added to the mix, all of which seek to promote responsible hunting and outdoor sports.  ​

When and Where Will the 2018 Dixie Deer Classic Be Held? 

The 2018 Dixie Deer Classic will be held from March 2nd through March 4th, 2018 at:

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

1025 Blue Ridge Road,

Raleigh, NC 27606. 

Parking for most vehicles will be provided free of charge at both the State Fair grounds and nearby Carter-Finley Football Stadium, however, recreational vehicles are excluded. 

What Can Visitors Expect to See and Do at the 2018 Dixie Deer Classic? 

This year’s exciting exhibits, seminars, and events include some old favorites, along with dozens of new ones, including: 

  • The Carolina Dockdogs Jumping Competition
  • Snakes of North Carolina and Birds of Prey exhibits
  • Kid’s Fishing Rodeo (Free) 
  • Turkey Calling Competition
  • Antler Scoring 
  • Turkey Call Making 
  • Lee and Tiffany Lakosky of The CRUSH 
  • Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactical

A complete, updated list of events, presentations, and seminars is available here. In addition, there will also be several exciting contests, with more than $50,000 worth of prizes and awards, including hunting gear and a 2018 Polaris Sportsman ATV. 

Where Can More Information Be Obtained? 

Interested parties can get more information about the 2018 Dixie Deer Classic, including maps, driving directions and an updated list of attractions and events by visiting their website or Facebook page



Top 5 Upcoming North Carolina Shows to Warm Up Your Winter

We in North Carolina for our wild-n-sometimes-woolly winters.  We like to say, “if you wear flip flops and snow boots in the same week, you probably live in NC.”  With that said, it doesn’t look like too bad of a season so far, even with our ice and snow event of Jan 2016.  Let’s look at the top 5 industry/trade/just plain fun shows North Carolina will host over the next several weeks.

Jan 29 – 30 – Southeast Outdoors Expo, Embassy Suites -Cary.  Unbeatable connections with big-game wildlife experts.  Admission is $10 and you can purchase additional passes for better chances at amazing door prizes.

Feb 3- 5  – Southern Farm Show, at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  With more than 400 exhibitors, this is the largest agricultural expo in the Mid-Atlantic. Free admission and free parking, they point out.  Pretty social group also, and not video camera shy, either.

Feb 19 – 21 – February heats up with lots of events, but this two-fer seemed a great deal for your zero parking fee investment:  At one end of the Fairgrounds (Graham Building, Exposition Center, Dorton Arena, and Grounds) will be the North Carolina Dealers Association Spring RV Sale, and for all you travel enthusiasts (I know you’re out there) this is RV Mecca.  Admission runs from $10 to $5 for over-55 and kids 13 and older, military and family night Friday, while kids under 12 are free.  At the the other end of the Fairgrounds – the Hunt Horse Complex – there will be a mounted shooters exhibition by Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters.  If you’ve never seen the skill necessary to shoot a balloon out of the air with a bullet blank while mounted on galloping steed, you need to go to this.  I saw on a PBS show once that this is close to how Atilla the Hun trained his horseback savages; this free to spectators event is a bit more civilized!

Feb 20 – 21 – Dixie Gun & Knife show, Lumberton at the Southern Ag Center.  Since I missed the Jan 15-16 Raleigh show, the next best thing is the nearest next best thing, right?  This show is exactly what the title says, and it sets up in Raleigh (missed it), Lumberton (closer to Fayetteville), and Charlotte. Admission is $8.

March 4 – 6 – Dixie Deer Classic 2016 this year is March 4 – 6, 2016 at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. General admission for adults is $12, Friday only is $6, kids under 12 are free.  (Can’t make it this year? They’ve already booked the dates March 3 – 5, 2017 for this event next year.  Efficient group of folks, the DDC.)

This is just an inkling of the shows that occur all year.  If your schedule allows it, take some time to scout out these fun things for the family to do here in North Carolina this winter.  You’ll be glad you did!

Dixie Deer Classic 2016: What you need to know

It’s getting a little cooler outside.  Leaves on the Dogwood trees have begun to turn crimson.  A few poplar trees have shed some golden leaves too.  Ah, golden…the color of deer corn.

And so the daydreaming for many white tail hunters in North Carolina begins.  Work productivity is completely out the window for many.  Thoughts turn to the Wake County Wildlife Club’s annual event and expo called the Dixie Deer Classic!

One item you can help your loved one check off their list is putting the annual Dixie Deer Classic on their calendars.  Mark your little black date books now for Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6, 2016.  In its 36th year, the Dixie Deer Classic will again be held at the NC State Fairgrounds.  In case you need to remap that after you’ve long forgotten the NC State Fair in October, that’s 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Dixie Deer ClassicDixie Deer Classic 2016

The Wake County Wildlife Club will host its annual Dixie Deer Classic on March 4th through March 6th in 2016. This nationally recognized event is the Premier Trophy Whitetail Deer show in the entire country. Since 1981, this grand event has provided a forum for hunters to meet each other. Over the years, it has evolved into a vast display of the latest hunting equipment, taxidermy services and archery supplies. If you love whitetail deer hunting, then you will enjoy this event.

About the Wake County Wildlife Club

The Wake County Wildlife Club was established in 1966. The WCWC is a leader in providing hunter education in North Carolina. It is affiliated with the National Rifle Association. The WCWC instructors have help thousands of students to obtain hunter education certificates and have also provided instructor’s certifications. The WCWC also provides scholarships, camps for young people and support for wildlife conservation.

Schedule of Events for the Dixie Deer Classic

The Dixie Deer Classic 2016 will be held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in the Jim Graham Building, J.S. Dorton Arena, The Exposition Center, and Kerr Scott Building. This family-oriented event is available for youth and adults alike. There will be fun events, such as the Youth Scavenger Hunt and the NC State Turkey Calling Contest. There are also special programs for young and beginning hunters. For women that are interested in learning more about the outdoors and hunting, the “Becoming an Outdoor Woman Seminar” will also be held.

Deer head trophies are also scored at this event and will be assessed for the North Carolina Record that is maintained by the Wake County Wildlife Club. Official Boone & Crockett and Pople & Young scorers will be available. The complete schedule of events for this year will be available soon on the event website.

The Dixie Deer Classic has also brought in speakers from around the country. In the past, the event has hosted well-known names, including Fred Bear, Chuck Adams, John Wooters, Dick Idol, Myles Keller, Roger Raglan, Brenda Valentine, Ted Nugent and others. Each year the stage presentation changes and the speakers for 2016 will be announced in the upcoming months.

Accommodations for the Event

If you will visit the Dixie Deer Classic and require accommodations, this event has special pricing arrangements with several hotels, including:

●      Wyngate by Wyndham – Cary

●      La Quinta – Crabtree Valley

●      La Quinta – Cary

●      Comfort Suites – RTP/RDU

●      Four Points by Sheraton – Cary

●      Fairfield Inn & Suites – RDU

●      TownePlace Suites – Cary

●      Homewood Suites – Raleigh/Crabtree

●      Ramada Inn – Blue Ridge Road

Directions, floor maps and other important event information are available on the website. If you will be attending Dixie Deer Classic 2016, let us know and we’d be happy to meet with you!

To learn more about the Dixie Deer Classic or to register, visit www.dixiedeerclassic.org or call (919) 782-5333.