Taking youngsters hunting requires test of patience

CorrespondentApril 2, 2014 

Correction: This story incorrectly said youths 16 and younger are eligible for the state's six-day youth only turkey hunting season, which opens Saturday and ends April 11. Hunters 15 and younger are eligible.

Bryan Perry preaches patience, and he practices it, too. He’ll put his patience to use when he takes daughter Maci hunting Saturday to start the state’s six-day youth-only turkey season.

“She’s been around a lot, and she’s been exposed to it probably a lot more than other kids,” said Perry, the former state chapter president and recently elected national board member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. “We’ve been preparing for over a year. Her patience is pretty good. She’s been going with me a few of the mornings they’ve been out of school.”

Eleven-year-old girls aren’t known for their ability to sit still and be quiet. Maci knows.

“The first time I practiced being patient was when (we) went deer hunting,” she said. “I just learned how to sit down and be quiet, which is really a hard thing for me to do because I’m talkative. I learned how to be quiet during hunting. The way to do that is to play games on my daddy’s phone.”

For younger kids, Perry also sets up a blind to hide movement.

The Franklin County resident advises parents to avoid taking the fun out of the outing.

“Adults need to learn not to get frustrated if they’re not hunting the way you would hunt,” he said.

Maci has seen a lot of birds, which have remained flocked in a winter pattern but should be entering a spring pattern with the lengthening days and warm weather, Perry said.

After practicing gun-handling, shooting, calling and patience, Maci is ready for her chance.

“I can’t wait until we go hunting,” she said. “I like the experience of looking at the turkeys and just having fun.”

The six-day season for hunters 15 and younger opens Saturday and ends April 11. The main season runs April 12-May 10. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.

New rules: When several new marine fisheries rules went into effect Tuesday, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries received proclamation authority to set size, recreational bag, commercial trip, gear, season and time restrictions for sheepshead, according to a news release.

The rules will be available at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rules-and-regulations.

Kayak fishing workshop: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the third Kayak, Fish and Float workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. Call 910-868-5003, ext. 15, or email thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org.

From the lakes: The 69 teams avoided Saturday’s bad weather, and the Pembroke duo of Mark Cummings and Michael Cummings figured out the tough bite to reel in 22.08 pounds and win the Boats Unlimited N.C. Team Tournament Bass Trail Qualifier No. 3 at Harris Lake.

• Jeff Hodges of Pittsboro and Steve Upchurch of Raleigh caught 17.51 pounds to outfish 25 teams and win the Team Bass Spring Mini Trail Qualifier No. 3 on Mayo Reservoir on March 22. They won a $675 first-place prize in a $1,011 total.

The Tobacco Bass Invitational is Saturday at Flemingtown Landing on Kerr Lake. Learn more at www.piedmontbassclassics.com

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