Outdoors groups, fishing clubs build ties online

CorrespondentJuly 11, 2013 

When Hillsborough Sport Fishing Club members want to know what’s happening with fellow members, they don’t have to wait for a newsletter or an email or an update to a club website.

Like members of many outdoors organizations, they just log into Facebook to see photos and maybe find out how the fishing is.

“We do a lot of communicating on the Facebook page for events coming up,” said club president Terry Rose, a pipefitter who lives in Hillsborough. “… We also post pictures on it. We do a big tournament every year. We try to use the Facebook page to promote the tournament.”

Club members live in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Mebane, Greensboro and a variety of towns. People from other states who vacation in North Carolina also have joined. The Facebook page, started about 1 1/2 years ago, allows people to learn about the club.

“It’s just another tool,” Rose said by phone Tuesday. “We’ve had people contact us on the Facebook page. And now we call them members. Also, people commenting on different things that we haven’t thought about – I find it useful. … I do go on it about every night and check for new posts.”

Among the posts are photos from the club’s Wounded Warriors fishing tournament. Details will be posted about the next tournament, which takes place each year on the weekend before Memorial Day.

“It’s just kind of open to the general public,” Rose said. “I welcome comments from the public. We like to know how we’re doing with the tournament, the club. It’s like running a business, you want some input.”

Elk chapter on Facebook: Another club using Facebook to keep members and interested parties informed is the Triangle Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The chapter’s 20th annual dinner and benefit auction will take place Aug. 10. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Wake County Shrine Club.

Raffle and auction items include firearms, hunts, home accents and a variety of outdoors-related items.

Watch the birdie: Birders are sure to benefit from the redesigned N.C. Birding Trail website at The highlight is an interactive map showing the 327 sites that make up the trail statewide. The map also has a bird finder for locating species. The trail is a partnership of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. State Parks, the N.C. State University Extension Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. SeaGrant and the N.C. Audubon Society.

Military gain privileges: As of July 1, active-duty military personnel who are not residents of North Carolina can purchase a short-term or annual hunting, trapping or fishing license at resident prices. Call the commission at 888-248-6834 Monday-Friday, or go to

Nongame panel seeks members: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for two members for its 18-member Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee. Nominations are due July 15. Learn more at

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