Being generous requires a shorter drive this deer hunting season.
Hunters in a five-county area have a new site in Harnett County where they can donate deer to help feed hungry North Carolinians through N.C. Hunters for the Hungry.
Located just east of Lillington, the site serves southern Wake, Lee, Cumberland, Johnston and Harnett counties, said Judy Gardner, who with husband Guy Gardner volunteers with the site sponsor, South Wake Conservationists, a chapter of the N.C. Wildlife Federation.
“To donate from our area, you’ve had to go all the way to Clarkton in Bladen County or up to (Jeff Pearce’s) place in Louisburg, at least two-hour round trip,” Judy Gardner said. “… This is going to be a really good central location.”
The site is working with hunt clubs and other groups. Farmers and Communities Manage Deer, an N.C. Wildlife Federation program funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, also is working with organizations to help the agricultural community reduce deer numbers and use the meat to feed the hungry, she said.
“As kind of an ad hoc thing, we took 13 deer from Harnett and Wake last weekend on our own to gauge interest in this program,” Guy Gardner said. “We just put the word out in the target area and got what we thought was a great response from hunters.”
That venison is being distributed through Hunters for the Hungry to eastern N.C. churches to feed victims of Hurricane Matthew. More than 500 pounds has been donated.
To donate, call 919-250-8441 to set up an appointment to drop off deer at the new site.
For other locations, visit www.nchuntersforthehungry.org.
Deer hunt: Women who want to hunt deer on their own or with mentors will have that opportunity when Lumber River Outdoors in Columbus County hosts Women in the Wild Weekend on Dec. 2-4.
The $225 fee includes lodging and meals. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/921960624582912/, or contact Derek Strickland at 910-641-1786.
Lumber River Outdoors, 4,000-acres of private farmland, is part of Farmers and Communities Manage Deer.
Bass fishing: Tim Emory of Creedmoor and Randy Fisher of Hillsborough won the season points championship of the Cashion Fishing Rods End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail with a fourth-place finish in the 32-team championship held Oct. 29 at Falls Lake.
They weighed in five bass totaling 15.89 pounds, including the day’s 8.84-pound big fish, and split $2,239 in cash and prizes, organizer Phil McCarson reported.
Tim Penhollow of Mebane and K.C. Choosakul of Sanford won the day’s tournament. Their five bass totaled 24.21 pounds and included a 7.34-pounder. Their $1,970 first-place winnings were part of $3,166 in cash and prizes for the day’s fishing. Penhollow dedicated his win to former fishing partner Clay Newley Livingston, who died Aug. 11.
The spring trail starts Feb. 25 on Harris Lake. Find a schedule and fall results at http://piedmontbassclassics.com.
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