Kids and adults can pick up tips from professional bass fishermen, campfire cooks and other experts at a free National Hunting and Fishing Day event Saturday in Raleigh.
The 9 a.m.-1 p.m. event will be held at Lake Raleigh on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus. Enter off Main Campus Drive and watch for a sign and balloons, said Cristy Bullock, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission marketing director.
Three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Marty Robinson will provide tips and demonstrate techniques with fellow Elite Bassmaster Pro angler Shane Lineberger and local fishing pro Adam Petty. Fishing poles will be provided.
“I’m hoping to have a great turnout for kids because there’s a lot of stuff for them. … We’ll have a scavenger hunt where they get a stamp at each station and come back to the registration station, where we’ll have prizes there for them,” Bullock said.
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Wake County Wildlife Club members will help visitors learn tree stand safety, Country Boy Blood Tracking will explain tracking, Skeeter Boats will have a display and Field and Stream will have a campground area. Organizations will display live birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians and will demonstrate archery.
An addition this year is the Wild and Tasty Campground Cooking demonstration featuring jambalaya by chef Chad McIntyre, former owner of Market restaurant.
“It’s a new thing we’re starting here at the commission,” Bullock said, adding that wild game and fish recipes will be featured in N.C. Wildlife Magazine in 2017.
Also Saturday, the Tar River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its 15th annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day at Rose Hill Farms in Nashville. Starting at 9 a.m., the free activities include air rifle shooting, retriever demonstrations, a rock climbing wall, a zip line, a rope bridge, a reptile display and a shark tooth dig. Go to www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaNWTF.
Other events hosted or supported by the Wildlife Resources Commission will be held at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla, John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, Mercy Island National Wildlife Refuge in Currituck County and Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest near Brevard. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/nhfd and www.nhfday.org.
Vets events: About five more boaters are needed to join the nonprofit Operation North State’s volunteers on land and water Sept. 30 to host wounded warriors and disabled veterans for Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival day of fishing at Jordan Lake’s Farrington Point ramp. To fish, donate food or prizes, or volunteer, go to www.operationnorthstate.com.
Hiking: Work has begun on an 80-foot-long pedestrian bridge on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail near Blowing Rock to allow hikers to avoid a knee-deep wade across Boone Fork between Price Lake picnic area and Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. The bridge is one of three being built along the trail in 2016, according to Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
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