BEAR CALLING TACTICS
Dan Schnatter, Montana Dan Outfitting (Booth
406 548 2367
Schnatter is a licensed Montana Outfitter and owner of Montana Dan Outfitting
Presentation: Montana is a fair chase state for Black Bear and over the past
17 years Dan has developed his very successful method of hunting Black Bears by
calling them in! This method is especially successful in the spring with a
success rate in excess of thirty percent! Not only an accomplished bear guide,
Dan Schnatter is also a champion Turkey caller where Montana is home to both!
There are many color phase bears in Montana and Dan would be happy to call one
in for you! His methods include a variety of calls and tactics that will amaze
an Outdoors Woman-With or Without an Outdoors Man
Instructors: Rachel Ahtila; Beth Gunn-
Rachel Ahtila Bio:
Rachel Ahtila, a backwoods, country-grown girl, is making her way in a historic
profession in a 21st century industry. At 24, Rachel has become a sought after
professional hunting guide, camerawoman, photographer, writer, presenter, and an
ethically balanced young woman in a tough industry. Her passion is wildlife
conservation coupled with the tenacity and tireless motivation to become an
accomplished guide despite her typecast. Born in Kelowna British Columbia,
Rachel started as a helping hand with an outfitter in Northern BC in 1999 at the
age of 11. For the next 13 years, Rachel learned the ropes of outfitting and
eventually guiding Stone’s Sheep, Mountain Goat, Canadian Moose, Timber Wolf,
Black Bear, Grizzly, and Rocky Mountain Elk.
In 2009-2010, she spent a year living and hunting abroad in the mountains
on the South Island of New Zealand and then returned to Canada and to her
beloved mountains where fate had other plans in store, and turned her life
around in a big way. She was quickly picked up as a subcontractor to Jim
Shockey’s Professionals. Noted as the first female character on the series, it
is an international reality TV-show that documents the life and experiences of
professional guides in Shockey’s Canadian Territories. She
guides for Scoop Lake Outfitters, Gana River Outfitters, Sikanni River
Outfitters and is heavily involved with, and a ‘sustaining member’ of, the
Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia,
a non-profit organization that promotes guide outfitting to the public
sector through endorsements of responsible, sustainable and ethical use of the
wildlife resources. When she is not walking the ridges and valleys, her passion
is horses, writing and photography. Her first freelance publication ran in
“Wild Deer & Hunting Adventures”, Australia, back in 2011. This has now
blossomed into a full time contract, and the articles are appearing on stands
Beth Gunn Bio:
the Program Coordinator at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and
an avid NC outdoor woman, Beth is uniquely skilled in introducing women to the
many hunting/fishing opportunities that our state has to offer.
She is a former Ranger for the NC State Park system and a graduate of NC
State University in wildlife and fisheries biology.
Presentation: Becoming an Outdoors Woman
is a national program that helps women to obtain an introduction and/or practice
in many outdoor skills. Classes such as shooting shotguns, rifles and handguns,
archery, boating, bird watching, fishing and nature photography are just a few
of the introductory or advanced skills being taught at a BOW event. In this
seminar join Rachel Ahtila to learn more about these awesome women only
programs. Rachel grew up in a hunting family so was introduced to nature and
shooting skills at a young age but most women didn’t have that type of
opportunity. BOW is a fun, non-threatening way to be introduced to these skills
that can happen only in the great outdoors. North Carolina’s big Becoming an
Outdoor Woman weekend is the last weekend in May, 2013. Several free admissions
to this event will be given away to a few lucky women who attend these seminars.
Birds of Prey
Steve Stone – Director, American Wildlife Refuge
Stone has run the American Wildlife Refuge since 2001. He has Federal and State
licenses to rescue hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, and more. He is also licensed
to keep birds of prey for educational shows. Through his care and work, many
orphaned or injured raptors are returned to the wild, healthy and able. Steve
has worked with many species of raptors that few in North Carolina have ever
seen. He has rehabilitated over 600 birds. Steve brings his educational animals
to thousands of children each year. To date his 1000+ education shows have been
seen by approximately 1.5 million people. He is one of the few people in the
state who has an educational eagle. Steve teaches NC Wildlife officers and NC
State Park Rangers courses in raptor recognition, handling and behavior so they
can better deal with the public and animals in the parks. He also teaches a
college course which is recognized by the NC Veterinary Board and the US
Department of Interior for professional education credit.
We will teach people about the birds of prey we have with us, including an
eagle, hawks, falcon, vulture and some owls. We will tell stories of the birds,
of rescues, and talk about some of the myths that people think are true about
birds of prey. We will also let people get up close to the animals and let some
of them (for a fee) take photos with the animals.
Kirk Vaughan, NCBA, BTP; David Whitmire, NCBA
This program was adopted by the North Carolina Bowhunters Association in
2011. It stemmed from a long battle to get blood trailing dogs legal in North
Carolina (2010). The seminar will discuss how hunters can contact blood trackers
if they have a wounded animal lost, how to train and work with a dog, the do's
and don’ts of tracking, the equipment needed and what breed of dogs make the
Bowhunter Referral and Certification Service
Dennis McClure, NCBA, BCRS Chairman, David Whitmire-NCBA
This program was adopted by the Association in 2005. The seminar will
look into this popular and modern approach to deer management, its benefits and
requirements for both land owners and bowhunters. This program is state-wide and
is used by private landowners, gated communities, corporations and other
organizations. Also included will be information on North Carolina's urban bow
Allen Bliven, Allen Bliven Calls
Bliven, of Allen Bliven Calls (ABC), grew up on the beautiful Outer Banks of
North Carolina. It was here that he developed his love for waterfowl hunting.
Growing up in a place with such a deep rooted waterfowl history, it was only
natural to become obsessed with waterfowl hunting. This obsession has lead Allen
and his wife Julie to develop Allen Bliven Calls (ABC) a leading waterfowl call
manufacturing company in North Carolina.
Allen Bliven and members of the ABC calling team will demonstrate the
differences between competition waterfowl calling and the calling techniques
used in hunting situations. They will also stress the importance of introducing
our youth to the wonderful sport of waterfowl hunting/calling.
Decoy Carving/The Core Sound Decoy Carvers
Jerry Talton, Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild
is both an avid water fowler and carver who carves mostly for his own use,
focusing mainly on the traditional methods and materials of the Core Sound area.
His decoy carving career evolved from a love for shaping surfboards, which began
at an early age. His decoys are influenced greatly by the simplistic elegance of
working decoys from coastal North Carolina to Long Island, NY. In addition to
the carving, Jerry paints all the decoys himself.
Jerry does not limit his carving to ducks alone, but also makes shorebirds and canvas-covered waterfowl. He will often incorporate salvaged materials from local marshes as well as historic structures and vessels into his decorative pieces which give them a bit of historical significance. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Core Sound Decoy Carver Guild. His pieces can be found in many collections and hunting rigs throughout the United States.
Jerry and other carvers of the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild will be
demonstrating traditional Core Sound carving techniques and answer any questions
that you may have. They will have
various decoys and information about the Guild including events planned for the
Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival in Harkers Island, NC.
European Skull Mounts
Harold Dorsett, Piedmont Skull Works, RacPlaques
Harold is a lifelong resident of North Carolina and is an avid hunter and
outdoorsman. If he is not hunting or trapping, he is getting ready to go. His
love of deer hunting led to his interest in skull cleaning. After cleaning
skulls for himself and family for several years, he started cleaning skulls
professionally about 5 years ago. He is now retired from corporate American and
owns and operates Piedmont Skull Works and assists his eldest son with
Racplaques which makes custom displays for Euro and antler mounts. He is a
licensed taxidermist and is a member of the NC Taxidermists Association. He has
won awards for his skull work at the Surry Community College Mini Course and the
NC Taxidermist Association competitions. He is also a member of the NC Trappers
Association, serving on the Board of Directors.
You will be introduced to the processes involved in cleaning skulls and
preparing them for display. Harold will discuss the pros and cons of several
methods used in preparation, with emphasis on producing a quality mount.
Examples of finished skulls will be available for inspection, along with some
examples of the mistakes that are common. Upon leaving this seminar you will
have a basic understanding of what it takes to complete your own Euro mount and
where to go if you need more information.
Farmers Manage Deer – Hunting opportunities on private lands
Guy and Judy Gardner – North Carolina Wildlife Federation
919 608-3386 or 919-250-8441
Guy and Judy Gardner are the Project Managers of an exciting new program
being delivered by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in collaboration with
the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, North Carolina Wildlife
Commission and North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry.
This husband and wife team has been recognized by the US Fish and
Wildlife Service as Budweiser national finalists; and earned the Governor’s
Award in 2010 for their reach as wildlife conservationists.
They also own Carolina’s Bounty, a tree nursery specializing in native
and non-native trees that enhance wildlife habitat across the State.
of the Farmers Manage Deer program, developed by the North Carolina Wildlife
Federation, are to reduce crop loss caused by deer, expand hunting opportunity
on private lands, and to develop community networks that will deliver excess
venison harvested to those in need.Participating farmers /landowners will be paid $2/acre for 15-day hunts in 2013 and will
receive tools needed to establish a hunting program on their land, both as a
means of keeping the number of deer in check, and managing deer as a resource
that will return sustainable farm income.
Hunters may apply for special hunts, paying only
$10 to cover insurance fees. Hunters
may keep the deer they will use and then donate the rest to charity, with
processing fees for donated deer paid by Farmers Manage Deer.
This project is sponsored by the North Carolina
Tobacco Trust Fund Commission in collaboration with the North Carolina Wildlife
Resources Commission, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services, and North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry
Landowners, farmers and hunters may sign on at the
Dixie Deer Classic!
Food Plot and Habitat Management
H. R. Carver, Bioplots
336 592 0547
H.R. Carver is the owner of Bioplots, a full service food plot company that
offers food plot installation, mineral supplementation, and consultations to
landowners and lease holders who wish to make their property more inviting, and
more nutritious, for all of the wildlife that reside there. He has been a leader
in food plot, habitat, and mineral supplementation industry since 2007.
H.R. will speak about successful techniques for
planting food plots and maintaining a habitat that deer wish to be in. Helpful
tips for the successful implementation of mineral sites on your property will
also be discussed.
& Nut Trees To Attract Game and Keep ‘Em Coming Back!
Guy Gardner, Carolina’s Bounty
Guy Gardner is an active educator affiliated with the Cape Fear River
Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association.
He has been recognized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a Budweiser
Conservation Award national finalist in 2009; and earned the NC Governor’s
Award in 2010 for his reach as a wildlife conservationist.
He now owns Carolina’s Bounty, a tree nursery specializing in trees
that enhance wildlife habitat across the State (email@example.com)
Sports men and women quickly recognize that deer
and other wildlife follow the food - and learn to return to the same place each
year in search of reliable food sources. With
many varieties of mast trees bearing fruit and nuts for 50 years or more,
generations of wildlife, and generations of hunters, can reap the benefit of
fruit and nuts produced by mast tree plantings.
Instructor: Frank Newell - Newell
Farms Wildlife Center
Bio: Frank Newell, his family
and staff of volunteers are licensed Federal and NC State wildlife
rehabilitators. Frank has been a wildlife rehabilitator for over sixty years. He
operates Newell Farms Wildlife Center in Warrenton. He is retired from the U.S.
Army with 38 years of service and is a retired U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Wildlife Specialist of 16 years.
Presentation: Frank and his volunteers
will have two adult live wolves, a coy dog and nutria. They will talk about and
answer questions on wolves and other species of wildlife.
Instructor: Dave Woodward - Research
Wildlife Biologist, Biology (Zoology) Dept. NCSU - Retired 2007;
Past President: NC Herpetological Society; WCWC member, 30+ years; BS + MS Wildlife Biology; Certified Wildlife Biologist.
Bio: David K. Woodward retired
from the Biology (Zoology) Department at N.C. State University after 30 years as
a Research Wildlife Biologist in 2007. In this position, Woodward worked on team
field projects studying a wide variety of wildlife species including alligators,
black bears, bobcats, otters, beavers, wild turkeys, osprey, and rabbits. While
helping with studies of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker during the 1980's
in the Sandhills of N.C., he was introduced to the Northern Pine Snake
of this ecosystem. This reptile, designated a species of 'Special
Concern' by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, centered Woodward's life-long
appreciation of herptiles to focus on this reptile during the last five years of
his career. Receiving research monies from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and the U.S. Army (Ft. Bragg) allowed Woodward to radio-track 50 pine snakes
to determine home ranges, seasonal movements, food and
reproductive/nesting habits along with hibernation activity. During Woodward's
long career he has given hundreds of public programs in front of thousands of
curious citizens regarding the importance of reptiles and amphibians.
Presentation: This program will focus on
common snakes, both venomous and non-venomous, that you might encounter when
outdoors in NC. You’ll get the chance to meet many of these snakes first hand
with a few that can be touched by all ages. Come and be educated about snakes,
their lives, and why they are such an interesting and important part of North
Carolina's wild heritage.
Roy Coffee-Retriever World
World is a nationally known company and will be offering Sporting Dog Training
Equipment at the Classic. You will see some of the most highly advanced training
supplies and equipment used today and learn why and how they are used.
For more information about Retriever World please visit our web site at
www.retrieverworld.com or call 1-888-464-0114.
Hunting Retriever's is soaring in popularity. Retriever World's
demonstrations are highly educational for those who seek to learn more about how
to train their retrievers. This seminar shows you how to develop all of the
skills that are necessary for your dog to become a super-hunting retriever. You
will see some of the amazing steps used to start puppies with basic obedience,
teach hand signals, and see the skills needed to train a top-notch hunting dog.
Retriever World will be bringing hunting retriever's to this years Dixie Deer
Classic. Professional Retriever Trainer, Roy Coffey will be present all weekend
to speak with you about training your own dog. Mark sure you don't miss the dogs
in actions. The kids will certainly love to see the dogs perform.
Marshall Collette- Quaker Boy Game Calls
a 2011 NWTF Hall of Fame inductee, Marshall established himself as a great
supporter in the conservation of the Wild Turkey.
He is an accomplished turkey hunter with over 25 years of experience, has
appeared on several hunting shows and featured in a number of hunting magazine
articles and a pro staffer for Quaker Boy as well as an elite
pro staffer for Mossy Oak.
In this presentation, Marshall will take you with him on a turkey hunt
from daylight to dark. He will
discuss turkey habits, tactics, and demonstrate successful calling techniques.
Bio: Jimmy has been a lifelong hunter,
fisherman and trapper in North Carolina. He
retired as Captain, in 1997, from the Raleigh Police Department. He is a former
president of the North Carolina Trappers Association and currently a
professional trapper in central North Carolina.
Jimmy will speak about techniques, equipment and methods in getting
started in trapping coyotes in North Carolina. He will discuss current trends in
coyote management and his own knowledge of the animal.
Stand Tactics and Safety
Jeff Johnson – Pro Staff: Mossy Oak, PSE, Lodge Creek Calls
Jeff is a pro staff member for several hunting manufacturers as well as
an avid deer and turkey hunter. He
also volunteers his time giving seminars on hunting tactics and safety as well
participates in providing hunter safety courses as a hunter education instructor
for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Jeff has been hunting deer for 35 years and enjoys getting new hunters
involved in the sport that we all love. He really enjoys working with kids and
hunters with disabilities.
will discuss the use of tree stands and suggest proven tactics that can be used
in hunting whitetail deer in North Carolina.
He will also demonstrate how tree stand equipment should be used with
particular emphasis on safety.