National Hunting and Fishing Day takes place Sept. 28, and a variety of celebrations are planned across the state.
The nationwide celebration is held the fourth Saturday of each September. Formalized by Congress in 1972, the event recognizes the importance of conservation funding and leadership from hunters and fishermen.
The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission will host four events:
• At Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., park staff and the commission’s Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education staff will hold a free event with activities including archery, fishing, pellet gun range, outdoor cooking, birds of prey, reptiles and Native American heritage. Call (919) 707-0205.
• The commission’s Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at the Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla will host a celebration from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call (252) 453-0221.
• At the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, the commission will hold its sixth annual Wildlife Expo. The fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation event, which runs 9a.m.-2p.m., includes hands-on activities, exhibits and demonstrations. Call (910) 868-5003, ext. 14.
• At the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard, a celebration will run 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include demonstrations of outdoor cooking, hands-on archery lessons, fishing skills and marksmanship and safety on an air rifle range. Call (828) 877-4423.
Commission staff and volunteers will help conduct three other events:
• The National Wild Turkey Federation Tar River Chapter's 11th Annual Jakes Day at Rose Hill Farm, 3815 Rose Hill Lane, Nashville, beginning at 9 a.m. Call (252) 442-0858.
• The Roanoke-Chowan Wildlife Club’s 10 a.m.-3 p.m. event at 126 Hare's Mill Road in Winton. Call (252) 794-3316 or (252) 724-0707.
• The Ducks Unlimited Greenwing event at 8 am. at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, 615 South Knotts Island Road. Advance registration and a $25 fee are required. Call (252) 619-0575.
Learn about N.C. events at www.ncwildlife.org/nhfd. Learn about the national event at www.nhfday.org.
Turtle rule clarified: The National Marine Fisheries Service has clarified who will be required to report interactions with sea turtles under an incidental take permit received by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Recreational anglers are exempt.
“The reporting requirement only applies to commercial and recreational gill netters,” said Louis Daniel, the Marine Fisheries director, said in a Sept. 12 news release.
All gill net fishermen must report any incidental capture of a sea turtle to (252) 726-7021 or (800) 682-2632.
Durham-Bahama duo win: Jay Garrard of Durham and Mark Herndon of Bahama won the fifth qualifying tournament of the Piedmont Bass Classics End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail on Sept. 7 at the Farrington Point ramp on Jordan Lake.
The winners outfished 23 other teams, catching five bass weighing 18.65 pounds for a prize of $810, organizer Phil McCarson said in a news release. Qualifier No. 6 is Saturday at Triple Springs ramp on Mayo Reservoir. Learn more www.piedmontbassclassics.com.
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