If the kids have been asking to go fishing, opportunity awaits throughout the state.
Eighteen sites on June 3 will host young anglers up to age 16 for free events that include fishing and giveaways.
Among events near the Triangle:
▪ In Wake County, Lake Wheeler Park will host its annual Kids Fishing Derby 9-11 a.m. Register by contacting Ben Coats at 919-662-5704 or email@example.com.
▪ In Orange County, a fishing rodeo will be held 9:30-noon June 3 at Strayhorn Pond just off Interstate 40 near Hillsborough. Register on-site. Bait is provided, but rods are not. Contact Lee Barnes at 919-245-2668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ In Lenoir County, Neuseway Nature Park and Neuse Sport Shop will co-host a fishing event 9-noon for ages 15-younger at the Kinston park’s main pond, which will be stocked. Contact Spencer Hodges at 252-527-5058 or email@example.com.
Among the prizes are a lifetime sportsman’s fishing and hunting license donated by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston. The N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission will conduct the drawing in late June.
Additional events are planned June 10, some of more than 40 National Fishing and Boating Week events that began in mid-May and are hosted by organizations including Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service. Find events at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/News/documents/NFBW%202017_ListofEvents_050517.pdf.
Kids event: In Durham, the RBC Kids Fishing Expo for Kids and Families will be held June 3 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church’s pond at 1104 Milton Road. Prizes will be awarded in age groups 5-under, 6-9 and 9-12.
The free activities include an N.C. Bowhunters Association archery shoot and National Wild Turkey Federation pellet gun range. Some bait and poles are provided, organizer Rod King said.
Adults must accompany children. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Contact King at 919-632-7593, or the church office 919-477-5426.
Book signing: Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center director Karen Willis Amspacher and cultural anthropologist Barbara Garrity-Blake will be at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham at 7 p.m. Thursday to talk about their book, “Living at the Water's Edge: A Heritage Guide to the Outer Banks Byway.” Go to www.regulatorbookshop.com.
Women’s shooting: Wake County Wildlife Club on Coley Road in Durham and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman shooting sports workshop for ages 18-up 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10. Go to ncwildlife.org/BOW.
Deer: The last of nine N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission public forums on white-tailed deer management take place 7 p.m. May 31 for District 2 at Craven Community College’s Orringer Auditorium in New Bern and 7 p.m. Thursday for District 3 at Nash Community College, Rocky Mount. Go to www.ncwildlife.org.
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