Youth hunt will begin Saturday

CorrespondentApril 4, 2013 

The youth-only spring wild turkey hunt will start Saturday with a twist. Instead of a single Saturday, young hunters will have a six-day season.

Mark Cummings of Pembroke has been taking son Noah, 12, turkey hunting for the past three years. The father looks forward to the extra opportunities the new season will present next week.

“Until he kills one, I’ll carry him out there,” said Mark Cummings, 40, said Saturday after participating in a small bass tournament at the Upper Barton Creek boat ramps in Wake County. “We generally go in the evening time. We hunt in Robeson County, in Bladen County, on private land.”

The youth-only season will start Saturday and will add Monday through April 12. The bag limit is one bird for the week. For the new season, an adult may accompany more than one youth. The adult must be near the youth and may not hunt.

Noah, a Pembroke Middle School seventh-grader, has killed a turkey all three seasons he has hunted. He looks for the opportunity to relive his first hunt.

“I saw four,” he said of a flock that appeared in front of him. “I shot one of them.”

A good student who loves hunting over sitting in a classroom, Noah has attended a hunter safety class and holds a lifetime license.

“Sometimes I bring the picture (from a hunt) to school. Some of them don’t hunt, so they don’t think much of it,” Noah said.

Students familiar with hunting are impressed with his success, said Noah, who works hard to be quiet and still in the hunting blind and is practicing with a box call.

Is he sounding like a turkey yet?

“I think I am,” he said.

For information about the extended season, go to www.ncwildlife.org. The information is not in the Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest because the extended season was adopted after the digest was published.

The adult season will run April 13 to May 11.

Trout waters: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 1,100 miles of Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. Saturday. The season will run through July 31.

The limit will be seven trout per day, with no size or bait restrictions. Learn more at ncwildlife.org, or call the Division of Inland Fisheries at 919-707-0220.

Fishing weekend: Women can learn to fly fish when the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission hosts a Becoming an Outdoors Woman fly-fishing weekend Friday through Sunday at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the Davidson River Campground in Transylvania County.

Cost is $125. Participants must bring their own gear. Go to www.ncwildlife.org, or contact B.B. Gillen at 919-218-3638 or bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org.

Black drum comment: The deadline is 5 p.m. April 26 for public comment on the Draft Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Black Drum. Go to www.asmfc.org and click on Public Input. There is a link at the bottom to submit comments. Contact Toni Kerns at tkerns@asmfc.org.

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