From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
-- North Carolina hunters headed to the woods for turkey season this month are asked to consider introducing someone new to hunting.
The Commission’s new hunting mentor program offers a free hat and bumper sticker, while supplies last, to North Carolina residents who sign up to introduce someone to hunting.
Wild turkey season starts April 10 and ends May 8. Youth Wild Turkey Day—a great day to mentor a child—is April 3.
Turkey hunting safety tips:
• Never stalk a turkey; it’s almost futile and will only increase your risk of being mistaken for game.
• Never assume you are the only hunter in the area.
• Place an orange ribbon around the tree where you are positioned to alert other hunters of your presence.
• To alert another hunter of your presence, never use a turkey call, move or wave. Instead, shout “STOP” in a clear voice to get their attention and remain still while doing so. Remember, if another hunter is walking in the area, more than likely any turkeys are long gone, so shouting will not be detrimental to your hunt.
• Once in position, remain still, especially when calling. This helps guard against other hunters firing prematurely at your movement, especially after you make a turkey call.
• Be careful when turkey calling; not only can calling attract turkeys, but it also can attract other hunters.