Spaces remain for seven waterfowl hunting seminars being offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Ducks Unlimited starting next week.

The free seminars, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., are designed for new and experienced hunters. Topics will include waterfowl identification, hunting methods, decoys and calling, firearms and ammunition selection, specialty clothing, and bird cleaning and cooking. Additional hunting information not covered in the seminar also will be available. Pre-registration is required and participants must register online

A question-and-answer session, along with a brief overview of hunter R3 (recruitment, retention and re-activation) initiatives, will conclude each seminar. 

Dates and locations are:

Oct. 24

Cumberland County Extension Center, Cumberland County

301 East Mountain Drive, Fayetteville, N.C. 28306

GPS Coordinates: (35.012639, -78.893928)

Oct. 25

Pitt County Extension Center, Pitt County

403 Government Circle, Suite 2, Greenville, N.C. 27834

GPS Coordinates: (35.638284, -77.360689)

Oct. 26

Pasquotank County Extension Center, Pasquotank County

1209 McPherson St., Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909

GPS Coordinates: (36.298477, -76.235738)

Oct. 27

N.C. State University Engineering Building II (EBII), Wake County Classroom 1025

3114 Engineering Building II

890 Oval Drive, Raleigh, N.C. 27606

GPS coordinates: (35.772173, -78.674353)

Nov. 15

Onslow County Extension Center, Onslow County

4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, N.C. 28540

GPS Coordinates: (34.781641, -77.494023)

Nov. 16

Bass Pro Shops, Cabarrus County

8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, N.C. 28027

GPS Coordinates: (35.367147, -80.718964)

Nov. 17

Forsyth County Extension Center, Forsyth County

1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27105

GPS Coordinates: (36.128816, -80.225864)

This is the first time the Commission has partnered with Ducks Unlimited to provide free waterfowl hunting seminars, continuing its mission to increase awareness of and participation in wildlife-associated recreation.

“Similar to the turkey hunting, deer hunting and deer processing seminars we’re offering this year, these waterfowl seminars are designed to serve the growing interest in the great waterfowl hunting opportunities our state offers,” said Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s hunting heritage biologist.

The seminars also provide a forum for Ducks Unlimited to promote its Sportsmen for Tomorrow program, according to Justin Aycock, the N.C. youth and education coordinator for the North Carolina chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

“Sportsmen for Tomorrow’s goal is to promote youth involvement in the outdoors and conservation,” said Aycock. “These seminars will engage a new generation of sportsmen, so that we can pass on the waterfowl hunting and conservation tradition.”

Ducks Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. For more information on Ducks Unlimited, visit www.ducks.org.

For more information on the seminars, contact James at 919-707-0059 or walter.james@ncwildlife.org. Visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting and click on the “What to Hunt” link for information about waterfowl and waterfowl hunting in North Carolina.