August brings the inaugural National Shooting Sports Month, and Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School is offering National Shooting Sports Foundation First Shots courses to introduce new shooters to firearms.
Programs cover safety, laws, shooting fundamentals and hands-on instruction.
A handguns course will be offered 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 6, and a shotgun course will be offered 12:30-3 p.m. Aug. 13 at the facility at 284 Cletus Hall Road in Sanford. Each course costs $20. Call 919-774-7080, or find more events at www.deepriver.net.
Deep River also will host the third annual Clays4Kay benefit shoot from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18. The clay shooting event, for teams of five, benefits the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in honor of the late N.C. State women’s basketball coach.
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Find more NSSF foundation events at www.shootingsportsmonth.org.
Bass fishing: The team of John Michenfelder of Durham and Jeff Hodges of Apex caught five bass weighing 23.5 pounds to take a 10th-of-a-pound margin of victory in the PBC Cashion Fishing Rods End of Year Team Bass Fishing Trail qualifier held July 29 out of Farrington Point on Jordan Lake.
Mark Herndon of Bahama and Jay Garrard of Durham were second with 23.4. First place paid $1,040 and second $600.
The next qualifier will be Aug. 12 at Falls Lake. Go to http://piedmontbassclassics.com.
Women: Register by Aug. 15 for the N.C. Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women Only Weekend being held Sept. 8-10 at Chatham County Wildlife Club in Bear Creek.
Women 18 and up choose from a variety of classes, including hunting basics, survival skills, archery, fishing, shotgun and sporting clays, handgun safety, paint and design, field dressing game and hydro painting.
The cost of $150 includes meals and double-occupancy room. Register at http://ncnwtf.com/myJSSImages/file/WOW%20Registration.pdf. For questions, email Wynn Smith at email@example.com.
Kayak fishing: The N.C. Kayak Fishing Association will hold its Smallmouth Slam tournament from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 12 in non-pay waters where an N.C. fishing license is valid. Each angler enters three smallmouth bass. Entry costs $20; membership is required but free. Find rules at www.facebook.com/nckfa.
Hunting: North Carolina’s fall hunting season starts with the opening of dove season on Sept. 2, and archery season for deer starts Sept. 9. Find complete dates and regulations in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s 2017-18 Regulations Digest online at http://bit.ly/1hroOxA.
Free hunter education courses provide training in topics including tree stand safety, firearms safety, ethics, wildlife management. Register at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/Before-the-Hunt/Hunter-Education-Courses.
Billfishing: Fans of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, the charity-supporting competition held each June off Morehead City, can order newly approved specialty license plates for their vehicles. Go to http://ht.ly/Glaj30e2OSf.
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