The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the North Carolina Wildlife Federation will be offering two free online hunting webinars in August.
“Introduction to Deer Hunting” will take place on August 9 and “Practical Deer Processing: From Field to Freezer” will take place on August 11. Both courses will run from 7-8pm and are open to anyone interested, especially people who have never hunted, are new to hunting, or lack social support for hunting.
“Both webinars are intended to help novice hunters for the upcoming white-tailed deer season, which opens September 10,” said Walter “Deet” James, hunter engagement coordinator at the Wildlife Commission. “This is a fantastic opportunity for people who may not have access to an existing hunting community of family and friends. Each session will be followed by a Q&A session led by agency staff and volunteers.
The “Introduction to Deer Hunting” webinar will cover white deer habits and habitats, scouting techniques, essential equipment, tree stand safety, effective shot placement, tracking techniques and l dressing of the land.
The “Practical Deer Processing: From Field to Freezer” webinar will focus on field dressing, butchering, safe meat handling, and basic home processing.
Chronic wasting disease, which was first detected in North Carolina in a deer shot in Yadkinville last season, will also be discussed in regards to new regulations in Yadkin County and surrounding areas.
Pre-registration for webinars is required at ncwildlife.org/sbs. A recording of the presentation will be made available to all registrants at a later date.
The dates for the 2022-23 deer season are available on the agency’s website.