Outdoors notes: National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday

CorrespondentSeptember 25, 2013 

Teenager Grace Adkins has plans for Saturday. She’ll be enjoying a National Hunting and Fishing Day bowhunting outing with her father.

“With me being in high school, we don’t have that much time during business days, so we try to take as many opportunities as we can,” said Adkins, 15, a sophomore at Fuquay-Varina High School.

Adkins will find hunting days with dad, Sid, 52, between schoolwork and volunteer activities that include a place on the Quality Deer Management Association’s National Rack Pack field staff. Her work as the Rack Pack youth coordinator for the Cape Fear River Branch recently helped make her the N.C. Youth Conservationist of the Year at the 50th Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards presented by the N.C. Wildlife Federation.

“I have always liked the outdoors. We just haven’t been involved that long in hunting,” Adkins said. “I remember going fishing with my dad from a very early age. We just started hunting with QDMA when we joined about a year ago.”

Already, they have reached a milestone.

“My dad used to go hunting with his dad, but he didn’t do a lot of big game or deer hunting. When we went on a hunt last year with our branch, he shot his first deer, so that was very cool to be involved in that,” said Grace Adkins, an outstanding student, swimmer and Girls Scout who helps other families share outdoors experiences.

To get involved on National Hunting and Fishing Day or on any other day, Adkins recommends that newcomers find friends or family to learn from or do what her father did for her.

“He just got out there and taught me, and once he started teaching me, I loved it,” she said. “… It’s great for making memories and lifelong friends and stronger relationships with your family.”

To learn about QDMA, go to www.capefearriverbranchqdma.org. Learn about the Governor’s Awards at www.ncwf.org. Learn about National Hunting and Fishing Day at www.nhfday.org.

•  Deadline for poaching reward: Dec. 1 is the last day to claim the $20,000 reward offered by the N.C. Wildlife Federation in the killing of a black bear in Buncombe County.

The carcass, marked in white paint, was found on a road in June. No arrests have been made, the organization said in a news release.

Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s wildlife violations number at 800-662-7137. Tips and rewards remain anonymous. Learn more at www.ncwf.org.

•  Perkins and Wray win: Robert Perkins of Rougemont and Keith Wray of Eden weighed in a five-bass limit of 19.93 pounds to win the $755 top prize at the Piedmont Bass Classics End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail Qualifier No. 6 on Saturday at Lake Mayo’s Triple Springs ramp.

They outfished 20 other teams. Runners-up Thomas Sheffer of Cary and Ken McNeill of Raleigh won $455 with 15.60 pounds.

Qualifier No. 7 takes place Oct. 5 on Kerr Lake at Flemingtown Landing. Learn more at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.

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