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2014 Expo - March 14 - 16, 2014

Cape Fear Wildlife Expo General Information

Welcome!  The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is a family fun-filled event to be held on March 14th through March 16th, 2014. 

Friday, March 14  9am - 7pm
Saturday, March 15  9am - 7pm
Sunday, March 16  10am - 5pm

As a family event, the expo will feature wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings by regional outdoor writers; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-fishing and decoy-carving demonstrations; conservation exhibits; outdoor sports guides and outfitters.  Click here for Photos from the Expo!


Admission
The cost to attend the 2014 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is $10.00 for Adults, $7 for seniors age 65 or older and for Military.  Children ten years and under are free when accompanied by an adult.  3 Day Pass available for $20.


Location
The Expo will be held in the historic downtown NEW Wilmington Convention Center along the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina.  There will be ample parking available in the downtown parking decks.


Accommodations
Please consider staying with one of our sponsors; Wilmington Hilton, Main Stay Suites or Sleep Inn.  Also see Area Resources for local area hotels that are also offering discounted rates for Cape Fear Wildlife Expo attendees.

Make sure to mention that you are with the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo!!!


Mission Statement
The mission of the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is to encourage youth to enjoy the great outdoors through hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports and to heighten public awareness of our natural resources and to encourage conservation of these natural resources.


NEW FOR 2014

Seminars
A series of hands on seminars; flounder fishing, pier and surf fishing, speckled trout fishing, knot tying, cast net instructions, striper and bass fishing, introduction to deer hunting, bow hunting instruction, general safety, duck and goose calls, turkey hunting, wildlife photography, and more. 


Capt. Chris Medlin

Capt Chris Medlin is a charter captain and a third generation tackle shop owner.  Growing up on the beaches and camping out on the ocean piers around Surf City he has extensive knowledge of the surrounding area and its habitat.  He is always available for questions through his web site at www.eastcoastsports.com  or you can e-mail him at ecsports@earthlink.net.  He also has a weekly fishing/weather report available via e-mail, just drop him a line and ask to be signed up.
 

Jomoro Kennels

Jerry Simmons operates Jomoro Kennels in Castle Hayne and has trained thousands of retrievers, pointers and other working dogs.  An avid waterfowl and upland bird hunter, he also hosts preserve-style hunts at Shelter Creek Plantation, a controlled hunting preserve.

Simmons trains every dog in the same way, allowing it to progress at its own pace through a standardized training regimen until the dog is ready to hunt according to world recognized standards.  To an owner, this means the dog is prepared to work in hunt tests, compete in field trials or sumply to go hunting.


Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation's Annual
Low Country Seafood and BBQ Banquet

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Coastline Convention Center
Doors open at 7pm - 11pm
Tickets:  Single $50, Couples $75, Corporate Tables (8 seats) $500
Limited tickets available - Buy your tickets now by calling 910-795-0292.

Savage Outdoors' Mike Stroff

Mike was born on Camp Lejeune Marine Corp base in Jacksonville, NC.  He grew up there and attended East Carolina University where he graduated in 2003.  Mike is married to Christina Stroff and has a beautiful daughter Amelia Stroff who is two years old.  Mike and his family now call South Texas home where they run their hunting operation SOE HUNTS and host Savage Outdoors TV. 

Read Mike's bio at Savage Outdoors.


2013 Expo Highlights:

Coleman Factory Outlet!
Over 1,000 sq. ft. of great Coleman products at unbelievable prices!  Coolers, tents, chairs, water recreation floats and towables and so much more.


Carolina Antique Tackle Collectors

We are excited to welcome another new exhibitor, Gene McIntyre and guests with Carolina Antique Tackle Collectors.  They will be displaying antique tackle and fishing accessories at this year's Expo.  They will also be available to do appraisals on antique tackle, rods, reels, tackle boxes, etc.


The 2013 Expo Featured Randy Edwards from The History Channels Swamp People


NC/SC Sportsman Saltwater Fishing School
Register with NC/SC Sportsman Magazine

We use several different classrooms, and conduct multiple sessions each hour.  The sessions are grouped into the general topics of Salt Water Inshore Fishing, Salt Water Ocean Fishing, General Information (marine electronics, basic safety and navigation, knots, trailers and towing, and such), and Outside Stuff (things like cast new throwing, fly casting, and surf casting, which are better taught and demonstrated outside).  Participants may change sessions and subject groups each hour throughout the day. 


Mallard Madness Laser Shot

For the first time shooter or the hardcore hunter, come try your hand with "Mallard Madness" on our LASER shot game.

Simulated hunting allows you to hunt and never get your feet wet!
 


Sensory Safari Mobile Exhibit

This mobile, kid-friendly exhibit encourages conservation of our native wildlife, promotes hunter education and enables sportsmen to see and touch some of the game and nongame species that are found in North Carolina. The SENSORY SAFARI encourages visitors to learn about their local environments by listening to the sounds of birds, viewing deer and bear mounts and handling pelts of some common mammals.


Aquatic Trailer

The mobile aquarium features two 300-gallon tanks, each with its own separate aeration, filtration, and cooling systems. These separate life-support systems enable the NC Wildlife Commission to display coldwater fish such as trout in one tank and warm water fish such as bluegill in the other tank. The twin tanks are permanently mounted inside the trailer and four different artificial habitats have been made to provide a variety of natural-looking settings for different fish assemblages.


Check Out Past Expo Events!
N.C. Natural Resources Workshop Series

Managing Longleaf Ecosystems for Wildlife 

The longleaf forest and associated ecosystem provides excellent habitat for many wildlife species and is home to several threatened and endangered species.  In fact, several species of wildlife are found nowhere else. Whether you’re a tree farmer, an environmentalist, naturalist, hunter, or just like to walk in the woods, you’ll want to attend this workshop, which will offer management technique to maintain and enhance North Carolina’s longleaf ecosystem including effective use of prescribed burns.

Aquatic Furbearers of North Carolina

A hands-on exhibit of river otters, beavers, muskrats, nutria and mink. Learn about the history with the fur trade, and restoration efforts of beavers and otters in NC and throughout the country delivered by NCSU’s Charles Sanders.


Top Dog:  on Flounder Fishing 

Flounder Authority, Tournament Champion, and self-proclaimed "Fish-a-holic" Captain Jimmy Price has been guide fishing for more than 40 years in and around the Southport and Oak Island area, and no one knows more about these waters than he does.  You'll have the opportunity to see him live at the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo and learn from him the tips and techniques that have put him at the top of the fishing chain, and earned him the title TOP DOG.

Learn to Hunt with Your Eyes Closed 

This seminar is designed to encourage hunters (young and old) to learn the sounds of nature (birds, frogs, toads, mammals) and the many wildlife species commonly found in the Southeast in an effort to fully appreciate being in the woods during hunting season, and to enjoy a hunt whether or not a shot is fired.  Hunters have a responsibility to understand the interrelated relationships of various wildlife species and the role of hunting as a management tool to keep animal populations in balance with their habitats.  Join wildlife biologist/QDMA Founder Joe Hamilton for a virtual walk in the woods to discover nature’s sights and sounds.

The Fascinating Gulf Stream 

The Gulf Stream off North Carolina's coast is an incredible natural resource, affecting our climate and teaming with wildlife.  Join wildlife biologist Chip Barry as he shares his passion and his expertise. Learn how the Gulf Steam has impacted North Carolina's history and discover the natural beauty that lies just off our shore.

 

Whitetail Vocabulary   

Whitetails have a vocabulary and a list of body postures for all occasions --- Researchers have identified at least 12 different calls and a number of body postures used by white-tailed deer to communicate.  Attend this seminar and learn the calls and how to use some of them during hunting season to enhance your deer hunting experiences.  Learn to recognize what deer are “saying” with their posture.

Meet Mike Marsh:  NC Freshwater & Saltwater Fishing Discoveries 

Mike Marsh will discuss some freshwater and saltwater fishing discoveries made while doing more than four years of research for his new book, Fishing North Carolina.  Learn of fishing opportunities available at nearby lakes, as well as sites well worth the trouble for any angler to travel long distance. With freshwater fishing just kicking into gear, anglers want to know where they can go fishing right now. Some of the places Mike discovered reveal why North Carolina's freshwater fishing is unmatched. 



Wild Game Cooking: Fish, Duck 

Ty Conti, author of "Cooking on the Wild Side", a collection of memorable recipes used on meat that you can catch in the Carolina's, is renowned for his skill in the kitchen.  Join Ty as he prepares both fish and duck so delicious you'll take to the field for more.

 

 

Introduction to Deer Hunting 

Just getting started?  Dramatically reduce your learning curve by attending this workshop!  Get to know the white-tailed deer and its habits; select the right firearm/bow and other essential tools for the job; learn how to use a variety of tree-stands safely; discuss hunting strategy that will improve your odds for success; and discover some great hunting opportunities on NC game lands. This interactive half-day event will even walk through proper field dressing technique, taxidermy prep, and tips for wild game cooking.

Critter Conservation 

Teeth, tails, claws and scales!  Come see some beautiful reptiles from all around the world!  Get up close and personal with our cold-blooded critters and learn some fun facts.  These animals are very important to our environment.  Find out why!  Did you know that snakes don't feel slimy?  You will have a chance to touch one at the Alligator Adventure workshop!  Are you scared?  Don't be!  It's our job to conserve our planet's wildlife!

Birds of North Carolina 

Dr. James Parnell, accomplished author, wildlife photographer, and ornithologist will introduce the audience to the diversity of birds in the region and will discuss the diversity of habitats and the seasonal changes in birdlife.  The lecture will be illustrated primarily by his images of the regions birds, which will be available for purchase.

 

Inshore Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Trout 

Learn the How, What, When and Where to catch Redfish, Flounder and Trout with Capt. Rick Bennett, Rod-Man Charters.