2014 Seminar Description
BIO, SEMINAR/DEMONSTRATION DESCRIPTION, CONTACT INFO, ETC..:
AN OUTDOORS WOMAN-WITH OR WITHOUT AN OUTDOORS MAN
Rachel Athila; Beth Gunn
Bio: Rachel Athila, a backwoods, country-grown girl, that is making her
way in a historic profession in a 21st century industry. Rachel is the
2013 winner of the PROIS AWARD.
25, 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.
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 Shockeys’ 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 worldwide.
Bio: As 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.
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 Athila 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 BOW weekend is the last weekend in May, 2014.
Several free admissions to this event will be given away to a few lucky
women who attend these seminars as well as some other special prizes.
Steve Stone – Director,
American Wildlife Refuge
Steve 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.
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.
Steve Stone, Christina Marquis and Katherine Townsend
Certified Instructor- International Bowhunter Education Program /
Bowhunter - NC Hunter Education Instructor , Life Member NCBA , Chairmen
for NCBA / Blood Tracking Program. Proud Supporter of United Blood
Trackers Blood Tracker-Dog Handler Certified : MAC Bluetick Beagle UBT-2
With Sent-shoes Come Explore The Tradition !
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 best trackers.
Allen Bliven – Allen Bliven
Allen 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
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
CARVING/THE CORE SOUND DECOY CARVERS GUILD
Jerry Talton – Core Sound
Decoy Carvers Guild
Jerry Talton-Jerry is both an avid waterfowler 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.
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.
Will Holder, set up/booth attendant; Andy Pope, Carver; William Parker,
Carver; Ted Hood, Set up assistant; Jerry Talton, Carver/Presenter
Harold Dorsett-Piedmont Skull
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.
David Hinceman, Brandon Currin and
Joe Finney – Pass’n It On Outdoors
David and Brandon are the Hosts and Producers of the television show
Pass'n It On Outdoors. Pass'n It On Outdoors has aired in the Southeastern
Region of the US for the last three years and is set to air its fourth
season on the Pursuit Channel in 2014. David is an avid bowhunter and has
been after whitetails for 38 years but now he adds his passion of filming
hunts and producing television to the mix. Brandon also has been hunting
majority of his life and added a camera to his gear so he could capture
his hunts on film. What started out as a cool thing to do has developed
into a business, Currin Productions LLC. In addition to Pass'n It On
Outdoors, Brandon films for national TV shows such as Hank Parkers Flesh
& Blood, Hank Parker 3D, Outdoor Edge's Love of the Hunt, and Live the
Wild Life TV. All in all these two know what it takes to start small and
grow as Videographers and Producers.
David, Brandon & Joe will discuss the types of camera equipment that
are available for those who want to film the outdoors without breaking the
Bank. In addition will discuss all the basics you need to know about
camera gear. Designed with the beginner in mind, by the time you leave
this seminar, you will have the knowledge and understanding to bring you
one-step closer to filming the outdoors.
Staff: Pro-Staff Manager Joe Finney
PLOT AND HABITAT MANAGEMENT
HR Carver - Bioplots
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
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.
Frank Newell - Newell Farms
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.
Frank and his volunteers will have two adult live wolves, a coy dog and a
nutria. They will talk about and answer questions on wolves and other
species of wildlife.
AND USING A TURKEY CALL
Various members of the NC Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation
Kids are taught how to make their own turkey call, and how to use it.
Different types of calls are usually taught, and the kids get to keep
Dave Woodward - Research
Wildlife Biologist, Biology (Zoology) Dept. NCSU - Retired 2007;
President: NC Herpetological Society; WCWC member, 30+ years; BS + MS
Wildlife Biology; Certified Wildlife Biologist.
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
studies of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker during the 1980's in the
Sandhills of N.C., he was
to the Northern Pine Snake of this ecosystem. This reptile, designated a
species of 'Special Concern'
the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, centered Woodward's life-long
appreciation of reptiles 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.
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
Retriever 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 year’s 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
As 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
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
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.