This week’s winter weather forced the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to postpone public meetings of keen interest to outdoors enthusiasts.
The red wolf public hearing, originally scheduled for Feb. 17, has been moved to 7 p.m. Tuesday at commission headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.
Commissioners will hear comments on permanent rules regarding coyote hunting in the red wolf reintroduction area covering five northeastern North Carolina counties and the designation of the red wolf as a state-listed threatened species.
This will be the second of two hearings. Comments, due by March 16, may be made at https://ncpaws.org/PAWS/WRC/PublicComments/PublicEntry/PublicComments.aspx.
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Hunting coyotes in Dare, Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties was halted under court order in May. The amended rules would allow daytime coyote hunting on private property with a permit. Daytime hunting would be allowed on state game lands by special hunt permit.
• The Pisgah Game Land management plan meeting will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Foothills Higher Education Center in Morganton.
• The Chowan Swamp and Chowan game land management plan meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Merchant’s Millpond State Park Visitors Center in Gatesville.
• The meeting on the proposed Linville Tract shooting range was moved to 6:30 p.m. March 3 at Municipal Auditorium in Morganton.
• No date has been set for the Goose Creek game land management plan meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday.
The commission meets at 9 a.m. March 5 in Raleigh.
Banquet donations: The N.C. Bowhunters Association will hold its annual banquet Feb. 28 at the State Fairgrounds’ Kerr Scott Building during the Feb. 27-March 1 Dixie Deer Classic.
Donations of auction items are welcome for supporting programs and activities. Contact David Whitmire at 828-553-0083.
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At the Classic, the bowhunters will conduct the NCBA Bowhunter & Archery 3D Challenge tournament for all ages. Learn more at www.dixiedeerclassic.org.
Kayak fishing: Put together your fishing rod and reel, a kayak, a measuring device, a camera, an Internet connection and a membership and you’ll be ready to join in the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association Online Tournament.
Monthly contests run March 1 to Nov. 30, and a Hobie kayak awaits the angler of the year. Species range from carp and panfish to flounder and red drum. A $100 fee covers all eight events; junior anglers pay $50. Monthly entry is available. Go to www.nckfa.com.
NWTF banquets: The Chatham County Limbhangers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its Hunting Heritage Banquet on Friday at the Moose Lodge in Siler City.
The Southern Piedmont banquet is Saturday at Moore County Home Builders Association in Aberdeen.
Find more banquets at www.ncnwtf.com.
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