Outdoor Enthusiasts, Families Find Much To Enjoy At Cape Fear Wildlife Expo

Wilmington, N.C., February 25, 2014: Outdoor enthusiasts and families will soon have another reason to visit Wilmington, North Carolina. On March 14-16, the 6th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo returns to Wilmington to showcase the state’s natural resources, wildlife, conservation, and outdoor recreation. The family-friendly event, which continues to grow in popularity, features more than 100 exhibitors with interactive displays, intriguing workshops and educational activities at the riverfront Wilmington Convention Center. This year, celebrity guest Mike Stroff from The Sportsman Channel’s television show “Outdoor Savage” and the hosts of Big E TV’s “Both Sides of the Fence” (FOX SportSouth) will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.

The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo—a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event—is committed to encourage youth to enjoy the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related sports and events. Interactive stations will provide youth with hands-on experience in archery, saltwater fly fishing, outdoor survival, geocaching, duck calls, water pollution, the aquatic web, and forestry practices. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the NC Wildlife Resources Commission safari trailer and mobile aquarium.

There’s plenty for adults to enjoy, too, with three days of hunting and fishing exhibitors, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays, fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, sport-fishing simulator, contests, archery demos and fun for the entire family. New this year is a series of hands-on seminars on flounder fishing, pier and surf fishing, speckled trout fishing, knot tying, cast net instruction, striper and bass fishing, intro to deer hunting, bow hunting instruction, general safety, duck and goose calls, turkey hunting, wildlife photography and more. For a complete seminar schedule, visit www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com/Resources.htm. On Saturday, the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation’s Annual Low Country Seafood and BBQ Banquet will serve up wild game, fish and barbeque dishes. The banquet will be held at the Coastline Conference & Event Center (additional cost for banquet; tickets: 910-795-0292). 

The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is an annual event coordinated by the North Carolina State Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association (www.qdma.com) in association with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (www.ncwildlife.org).  

Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the coastal towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are ideal for fishing, boating, camping and outdoor recreation. Want to go? The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will be held March 14-16 in Wilmington’s historic river district at the Wilmington Convention Center (515 Nutt Street).  Expo hours on Friday & Saturday are from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission charge is $10.  Senior citizen (age 65+) and Active Military admission is $7. Children 10 years old and younger get in free when accompanied by an adult. Three-day passes are available for $20. Additional cost for the banquet (tickets: 910-795-0292). Pay parking is available at nearby garages. For more details, visit www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com or call 910-795-0292.

The coast is close. Wilmington, NC’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach is a convenient drive along I-40, US 74, US 17 and NC 421. To request a free Official Visitors Guide, email visit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com or call 1-866-266-9690. For seasonal specials and events in Wilmington and the island beaches, visit the following websites: www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com, www.VisitCarolinaBeachNC.com, www.VisitKureBeachNC.com, and www.VisitWrightsvilleBeachNC.com.  

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