NC adopts Piedmont bear hunting season

CorrespondentMarch 5, 2014 

Bear hunting will come to the Piedmont in 2014-15 as part of the new regulations adopted by the N.C. Wildlife Commission.

Besides establishing a bear season in all Piedmont counties, including Wake, the commission voted at its Feb. 27 meeting to allow hunters to use unprocessed foods for bear hunting on private lands as long as the bear is not consuming the bait. Previously, dog hunters could release hounds near bait but hunters could not take bears in baited areas.

The 2014-15 regulations take effect Aug. 1.

After a series of public meetings, the text to most of the 42 fishing, hunting and game lands proposals was adopted as presented, the commission said in a news release. Five proposals were amended, one was disapproved and three were withdrawn.

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Boating courses: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its eight-hour About Boating Safety schools at the Raleigh Parks and Recreation facilities. Register at

At Lake Wheeler Park, an all-day session will be held March 8, and a two-evening course will be held April 28 and April 30. The cost is $35 to cover materials. Contact the park at 919-662-5704.

At Lake Johnson Park, a two-evening course will be offered May 5 and May 7. Contact the park at 919-233-2121.

Massy and Gray win: Todd Massey of Chapel Hill and Brandon Gray of Bullock caught five bass totaling 27.07 pounds to win a $1,485 top prize in the Feb. 22 opening event of the Boats Unlimited N.C. Team Tournament Trail at Cross Point Landing on Harris Lake. A record 94 teams fished, Phil McCarson said. Find results at

Nesting time: The bald eagles followed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jordan Lake EagleCam produced an egg Friday. Follow the pair and their pesky squirrel neighbor at

Retired: Col. Dale Caveny on Friday retired as the chief of the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement.

For women: Partial scholarships are available for three Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops through the Mel Porter Scholarship Fund supported by previous participants. Applications are due two weeks before each workshop.

The courses are Fly-Fishing Basics on March 22 at the Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville; Fly-Fishing Weekend April 4-6 in Brevard; and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Weekend April 11-13 at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia. Contact BB Gillen at 919-218-3638 or

• Women can take a free hunter education course 6-9 p.m. March 28 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29 at Bass Pro Shops in Concord. Call 919-707-0031.

Crappie seminar: Veteran guide Freddie Sinclair will conduct a free crappie seminar 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 13 at the Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. Email or call 910-868-5003, ext. 15.

Banquet: The Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation’s second annual banquet takes place 7-11 p.m. March 15 during the March 14-16 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo in Wilmington. Tickets cost $50. Contact W.C. Lanier at 910-795-0292.

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