Outdoors notebook

Camp helps youths learn outdoor skills

CorrespondentMay 7, 2014 

Summer camp season begins soon. Amid all of the camps for soccer, football, dance, martial arts, music and sciences, outdoors-loving youths can find camps, too.

The 32nd annual Fur, Fish, & Game Rendezvous takes place July 13-18 at the Millstone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe.

“The kids get a broad exposure to a lot of outdoor activities and skills, such as fishing, hunting, shooting and trapping,” longtime camp volunteer Terry Sharpe, a retired N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologist, said Tuesday. “They have somebody there who will talk about reptiles and amphibians, and somebody who will talk about birds and birdwatching.”

Instructors come from organizations including N.C. State, the wildlife commission and the N.C. Forest Service.

Campers ages 11-16 can apply for one of three $250 Susan Sharpe memorial scholarships to use toward the $420 camp fee. The accompanying essay of up to 500 words should describe why the camper wants to attend and should include a proposal for a project the applicant would complete within six months of attending camp.

The scholarships are awarded by the N.C. Chapter of The Wildlife Society in honor of Sharpe, who was a longtime supporter of youth outdoor opportunities. The deadline for applications is May 20. Find details at http://wordpress.nctws.org/ffg.

More camps: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct three youth fishing camps at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

Topics cover lanyard making, catfish fishing, lure making, spinning reels, baitcasting reels, aquatic insects, kayaking and more.

The weekday camps are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon June 16-20 and July 14-18 for ages 9-13 and Aug. 11-15 for ages 14-17. The $20 fee includes loaner equipment.

Register in advance by calling 910-868-5003 or emailing kris.smith@ncwildlife.org. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.

Comments sought: The N.C. Camouflage Coalition, part of the N.C. Wildlife Federation, distributed an email Monday urging hunters and anglers to learn about and to submit comments supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ jointly announced proposed rule to clarify the wetlands and streams protected by the Clean Water Act.

To read the proposed rule, go to www2.epa.gov/uswaters.

To learn about the Camo Coalition’s request, go to http://capwiz.com/ncwf/issues/alert/?alertid=63204871.

Youth rifle training: Personal Firearm Training will offer an introductory riflery class for youths 10 and older to be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 17 at the Durham County Wildlife Club in Morrisville.

The $85 fee covers safety and techniques instruction, the use of .22-caliber rifles, ammunition, eye and ear protection and hands-on instruction on the range. The maximum class size is 10.

To learn more, call 919-337-8038 or email personalfirearmtraining@nc.rr.com.

Trail reopens: After a massive Nov. 12, 2012, rock slide forced its closure, Chimney Rock State Park’s Hickory Nut Falls trail has reopened. The observation area at the base remains closed, but visitors can hike the trail to view the 404-foot waterfall.

The park is about 25 miles southeast of Asheville on U.S. 64/74A. Learn more at www.chimneyrockpark.com.

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