ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The state turkey population is booming and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is encouraging people to go hunting.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/1VNrG6H) that the wild turkey population has reached an all-time high of an estimated 265,000 statewide. Chris Kreh, upland game bird biologist with the commission, says turkey harvests have dramatically increased over the past 30 years.
The commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 24 free turkey-hunting seminars across the state in March and April. The seminars are free, and will cover topics like biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys.
The statewide season for male or bearded turkey is April 9 through May 7, with a youth-only week from April 2-8.
Online registration for the seminars is required by going tohttp://www.ncwildlife.org/sbs.