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Bowhunters update venison donation registry

CorrespondentApril 23, 2014 

North Carolina’s deer harvest limit is generous. So are the state’s hunters. But matching hunters wanting to give away venison with recipients isn’t always easy.

Now, the N.C. Bowhunters Association is helping hunters stay in the field and connect with potential venison recipients. A modernized registration system gives hunters an online registration form and a way to search zip codes for people who sign up to receive venison.

“The way it was, you had to email or mail in the hard copy of your name and phone number and the county you live in. The new one, you can do it all online. You type in your name, your phone number, your zip code and your email,” said Ramon Bell, past president of the nonprofit bowhunters organization.

Selling venison or other wildlife parts is prohibited in North Carolina. A hunter who has killed an extra deer or is cleaning out a freezer can donate the venison by typing a zip code into the new system to find a list of people who want meat.

It works both ways too, Bell said.

“If the person owns property we can put one of our insured hunters on, [the hunter will] give the deer to the recipient, at least share it 50-50 or donate it to a charity of their choice,” he said.

The property can be just an acre or two, he said.

Learn more about the program at www.ncbowhunter.com.

Shotgunners compete: The 15th Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition Spring Classic takes place Friday through Sunday at Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School in Sanford. Learn more at www.deepriver.net or www.southernsidebyside.com.

Donation supports patrol: If you ever wonder where the proceeds from a fishing tournament go, the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina has one answer.

This month, CCA NC presented the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Marine Patrol with 10 pairs of Leupold binoculars and three night-vision scopes to assist the 56 officers who patrol the coast. Funding came from the Inside & Out Fishing Tournament at Morehead City in October.

Meeting Thursday: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s habitat, nongame and endangered species committee meets 10 a.m. until noon Thursday at commission headquarters in Raleigh.

Deadline Monday: Public comment ends Monday on the U.S. Forest Service’s Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement. The NOI is part of revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan. Email comments to ncplanrevision@fs.fed.us.

Team Emory wins: The father-son duo of Tim Emory of Creedmoor and Chad Emory of Durham flipped their way to a five-bass limit weighing 26.83 pounds and a victory in the April 12 Boats Unlimited NC Team Tournament Bass Trail qualifier No. 4 at Falls Lake.

The team won $1,470 for first place and added $2,150 in other awards, event director Phil McCarson reported. Complete results are at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.

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