Wildlife Expo General Information
Welcome! The Cape Fear
Wildlife Expo is a family fun-filled event to be held on
March 20th through March 22nd, 2015.
Friday, March 20 9am - 7pm
Saturday, March 21 9am - 7pm
Sunday, March 22 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!
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.
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.
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
Make sure to mention that you are with
the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo!!!
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.
2013 Expo Highlights:
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
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
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
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
Managing Longleaf Ecosystems for Wildlife
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
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.
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.
Top Dog: on Flounder Fishing
Learn to Hunt with Your Eyes Closed
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
the How, What, When and Where to catch Redfish, Flounder and Trout
with Capt. Rick Bennett, Rod-Man Charters.