It was another spectacular Dixie Deer Classic there is no doubt the Wake County Wildlife Club knows how to put on a show. I was out there all three days and got to catch up with a lot of folks I hadn’t seen for a while. One only has to look at the winning deer heads to see that North Carolina continues to produce quality deer and while we may never be the trophy mecca some other states are the opportunity to take a buck of a lifetime in the tarheel state gets better and better every year.

I believe the two buck limit in large sections of the state continues to help produce better and more mature deer each year.

I attended a number of workshops but the highlight for me was Steve Rinella from the Meat Eater show on the Sportsman Channel. I’ll admit it wasn’t until I got sick and stuck at home for a few months till I discovered his show. This is not your typical hunting show nor was his presentation at the Dixie Deer Classic. His book is on my to read list and his show is programed into my dvr.

Steven Rinella is the host of the new TV show MeatEater (premiered January 2012 on The Sportsman Channel) and an award-winning author. Steven has spoken to a wide range of audiences about his life as a modern-day hunter-gatherer. With humor and irreverence, he discusses the hunting lifestyle, wild game, the ethics of hunting, and the human need for wilderness. His talks are punctuated with stories of amazing and sometimes absurd adventures, ranging from falling through the ice in Michigan to getting poisoned by wild mushrooms in Alaska to almost getting killed by a wild boar that fell from the sky under very strange circumstances in the central highlands of the Philippines’ Luzon Island

My overall favorite part of the Dixie Deer Classic was the youth involved in the scavenger hunt. All three days I saw the young people going to various booths throughout the show hunting out answers to questions about wildlife and conservation. While this was a very educational endeavor for them I wouldn’t necessarily point it out to them because they were having to much fun learning about the great outdoors.

Well the show is all packed up and won’t roll back into town until next year…. so you should start making plans on how you are going to bag that trophy buck this coming fall so he can hang on the trophy wall.

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