FAYETTEVILLE — The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center’s staff expects the transition to go smoothly when programming expands from hook-and-line workshops about fishing to hook-and-bullet workshops that cover both fishing and hunting.
Encouraged by the popularity of hunting workshops in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh, the Wildlife Commission is partnering with the Cape Fear River Branch chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association to offer a free, introductory workshop on deer hunting Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Pechmann Center in Fayetteville.
The “Deer Hunting 101” workshop, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning about deer hunting. Topics will include:
— Proper equipment selection;
— Tree stand safety procedures;
— Tree stand tactics and demonstrations;
— Hunting strategies;
— Effective shot placement; and,
— Field dressing a harvested deer.
“If you’re new to hunting, this is a great workshop for you because it covers the basics from A to Z,” said Kristopher Smith, Pechmann Center director. “We’ll start by learning about white-tailed deer in general, their life history, habits and habitats. Then, we’ll build on what we’ve learned, ending with what to do after the shot and how to field dress a deer. It’s a lot of valuable information for first-time hunters.”
This is the first time the Pechmann Center has offered the Deer Hunting 101 workshop, and Smith expects a good turnout for the inaugural event. Pre-registration is not required, but Smith recommends participants pre-register because seating is limited to 50 participants. Walk-ins will be allowed only if seats are available.
To register or for more information, contact Smith at 910-868-5003, ext. 14, or email@example.com.
The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the center, or to check on summer clinics, visit www.ncwildlife.org and click on the “Learning” link or on their Facebook page.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.