Store event to benefit foundation

CorrespondentFebruary 5, 2014 

The grand opening of the Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center in Cary takes place Wednesday, and purchases made during the event will support an organization that benefits outdoors enthusiasts around the state.

For every $1 spent during the Evening for Conservation, 50 cents will be donated to the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation.

“It’s a really big deal for us,” said Eddie Bridges, founder and executive director of the foundation, which also was the beneficiary of the opening event of the Concord store in 1999. “For them to open two stores in North Carolina and select us as the beneficiary both times says a bit about us. We’re compatible with everybody.”

Martin MacDonald, Bass Pro Shops’ director of conservation, said the company remains impressed with the foundation’s “on the ground” conservation projects and its work to preserve habitat and promote conservation education.

“Bass Pro Shops rates the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation as one of the premier action-oriented wildlife foundations in America,” MacDonald said in a statement Monday.

The ceremony begins at 6 p.m., and the ribbon-cutting is at 6:30 at 801 Bass Pro Lane. A variety of special guests are scheduled to attend, as are representatives of area organizations.

Learn more at, or contact the store at 919-677-5100.

Seatrout harvest ends: The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries on Wednesday closed coastal and inland waters to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest until June 15 because of cold stun events caused by the extreme weather.

Under N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission rules, the season also closes in inland waters when coastal waters close.

Find Proclamation FF-9-2014 at

Auxiliary gathers: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the civilian volunteer group, will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 13 at the N.C. State University Club at 4200 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Contact Jim Frei at 919-819-4229. Learn more at

CCA leader visits: Pat Murray, national president of the Coastal Conservation Association, will be one of the speakers at CCA North Carolina’s Johnston County Chapter banquet Thursday night. The 20th event starts at 6 p.m. at the Johnston County Agriculture Center in Smithfield. Call 919-781-3474. Find more banquets at

Comment by next week: Feb.  14 is the final day to comment on proposed 2014-15 fishing, hunting and wildlife management regulations. Submit comments at or email

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