August 27, 2014

Free introductory courses assist novice deer hunters

Anyone new to hunting or planning to process a deer for the first time will find useful introductions in free courses offered in Raleigh by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Anyone new to hunting or planning to process a deer for the first time will find useful introductions in free courses offered in Raleigh by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Working with instructors from the Cape Fear River Branch of the nonprofit Quality Deer Management Association, “we’re just trying to introduce any brand new hunter to bring them to a more comfortable level,” Casey Williams, a commission wildlife education specialist, said Saturday during an educational event at the Wake County Wildlife Club.

“Deer Hunting 101,” scheduled at 6-9 p.m. Sept. 9, will provide introductions to scouting techniques, equipment and deer behavior. “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer,” scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Sept. 11, will help hunters learn about field dressing and processing techniques, along with taxidermy and cooking.

The courses, which Williams said fill quickly, will be at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education. Register for one or both. Email casey.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0202.

Archery seasons for deer will start Sept. 13. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org. For QDMA programs, go to www.capefearriverbranchqdma.org.

Dove season opening: The fall hunting seasons arrive with the opening of dove season Monday. The Labor Day opener comes because the first Saturday of September, the traditional start day, falls six days into the month this year.

The season will run through Oct. 11, then will resume Nov. 27-Jan. 15. Shooting hours start a half-hour before sunrise and end at sunset. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.

Services for Lentz: Visitation will be 12:30-1:45 p.m. and services will start at 2 Thursday at Ellerbe First United Methodist Church in Ellerbe for 1988 N.C. Conservationist of the Year John Franklin Lentz Jr., 87, who died Monday. A U.S. Postal Service carrier for 34 years, Lentz also made conservation and business achievements that earned him a place in the N.C. Conservation Hall of Fame and one of the state’s highest citizen honors, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

A former Duke baseball and basketball player and Navy veteran, he served as a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission chairman, N.C. Wildlife Federation president, N.C. Forestry Association director and N.C. Forestry Council chairman. Much honored for his work with 4-H, he also helped National Wild Turkey Federation efforts to build turkey populations.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the N.C. Wildlife Federation, 1024 Washington St., Raleigh, NC 27605 or to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, Va. 20190. Learn more at www.carterfuneral.net.

Wake duo wins: David Hall of Raleigh and Dane Sallinger of Wake Forest weighed five bass totaling 23.05 pounds to beat 40 other teams and win $1,000 in the Cashion Fishing Rods End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail Qualifier No. 4 on Saturday out of the Ledge Rock ramp on Falls Lake, organizer Phil McCarson of Durham said.

Qualifier No. 5 will take place Sept. 13 on Jordan Lake out of Farrington Point. Learn more at http://piedmontbassclassics.com.

Commission to meet: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at its Raleigh headquarters. Find a live audio webcast at www.ncwildlife.org.

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