Outdoors Notebook

Fishing, fun activities await youngsters at Lake Wheeler Park derby

CorrespondentJune 4, 2014 

The emphasis will be on fun for Saturday’s inaugural Outdoor Fun and Conservation Day at Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh.

Parents can help young outdoors enthusiasts by ensuring families arrive ready for the weather, insects and activities that include the park’s annual Kids Fishing Derby, said Ed Goff, the Central Region vice chairman for N.C. Ducks Unlimited.

Part of National Fishing and Boating Week festivities that is held from June 1-8 this year, Lake Wheeler fun day will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with help from volunteers and staff from the Wake County Greenwings Ducks Unlimited Chapter, Raleigh Parks and Recreation, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and other organizations.

Some loaner tackle will be available, but Goff advises bringing owned or borrowed gear “because that will make our equipment go further.”

No license is required, and fishing and bait are free, Goff said. Backyard Bistro is providing a free lunch.

Scheduled activities include the morning fishing contest for ages 6-12, with prizes from Bass Pro Shops, plus interactive exhibits, a 3-D archery shoot, BB gun shoot, dog demonstrations and other presentations. Anyone under the age of 17 can register to win a Ducks Unlimited membership.

“The main thing is to make sure they have sunscreen, and things they would normally have for being outdoors,” Goff said, recommending insect repellent, sturdy shoes and hats, plus lawn chairs for parents.

RSVP to edgoff@nc.rr.com. Registration is on site. Learn more at http://nc126.nc-du.org/NC_Greenwings/Home.html.

More events: A Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Strayhorn Pond off I-40 near Hillsborough. Registration is on site. Contact Julie Collins at jcollins@ci.carrboro.nc.us or 919-918-7392.

Find more events at www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

Bowfishing: The N.C. Bowhunters Association’s Saltwater Bash and Fish Fry is this weekend in Carteret County. Entry is $5 for the open event at 144 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point. Bowfishing starts at 6 p.m. Friday and weigh-in is at 3 p.m. Saturday. Contact Joey Thompson at 336-972-1486 or ncbawhitetail@yahoo.com.

Polo: The inaugural Triangle Charity Polo Classic is Sunday at MacNair’s Country Acres, 4321 Tryon Road, Raleigh. Gates open at noon and the Triangle Area Polo Club plays the Atlanta Regional Polo Center at 2:30 p.m. in a benefit for Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. Tickets cost $15-$20 and parking is $10. Call 919-215-9540, or go to www.trianglecharitypoloclassic.com.

Riding: Learn about cowboy mounted shooting when the Double L Bar Shooters conducts a new shooters clinic June 14-15 at the Dave Lohrey Training Center in Franklinton. The fee is $300. Register at www.doublelbarshooters.com. Spectators are welcome. Contact Mike Lubell at 919-327-1355.

Hunting: Comment is due by June 22 to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons. Go to www.ncwildlife.org.

Paddling: The N.C. Wildlife Federation will host its 10th Canoe/Kayak-a-thon on Saturday on Mountain Island Lake. Learn more at www.ncwf.org/news/article/canoe-kayak-a-thon-10th-annual.

Sporting clays: The DeWitt Double “D” Cup, with two 100-bird tournaments, is Saturday at DeWitt’s Outdoor Sports in Ellerbe. Go to www.dewittsoutdoorsports.com.

Fishing: Recreational harvest of golden tilefish and snowy grouper in the South Atlantic closes at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, NOAA said Monday. Learn more at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.

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