Add one more item to the list of things going paperless: reporting big-game harvests in North Carolina. Like paying bills, reporting the killing of a white-tailed deer, a black bear or a wild turkey is going digital.
Bowhunters who take to their deer stands with opening day of archery season Sept. 9 – and the muzzleloader and gun hunters who follow as their seasons open – should report each harvest to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission by phone at 800-I-GOT-ONE (800-446-8663) or online at www.ncwildlife.org/igotone.
Hunters also can report by visiting Wildlife Service Agents listed at www.ncalvin.org/WildlifeServiceAgentMVC. Paper reports no longer are accepted.
A commission release said requiring electronic reporting will add real-time verification and enable tracking of the season’s harvest.
Weather: The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation has free app that includes hurricane alerts. Go to www.boatus.com/app.
Youth: As part of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the Tar River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its 16th annual JAKEs Day on Sept. 23 at Rose Hill Farm in Nash County. Free registration for the interactive event starts at 9 a.m.
Additional Hunting and Fishing Day events, some with fees, are planned for Durham County Wildlife Club, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery, Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. Go to www.ncwildlife.org/nhfd.
Pier fishing: Avon Fishing Pier will host the third Fish Like A Girl Charity Fishing Tournament 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 30 to benefit the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. Entry costs $30. Register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3043515.
Cobia: Commercial harvest of Atlantic group cobia in federal waters closed Sept. 5 and will resume Jan. 1. Recreational harvest remains closed. To sign up for fisheries text alerts, go to http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/text_alert/index.html.
Rulemaking: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at its headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive in Raleigh on proposed rules changes that include youth spring turkey hunting season, falconry and taxidermy. Find the proposed changes at www.ncwildlife.org/Proposed-Regulations. Written comment is due Oct. 31.
Hiking: Sept. 9 is MST in a Day, when Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail volunteers and supporters collaborate to hike the entire 1,175 miles in one day. Sign up at www.MSTinaday.org.
Coyotes: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with N.C. State Cooperative Extension and USDA Wildlife Services, will hold coyote conflict management workshops 6-9 p.m. Sept. 14 in Bladen County and Sept. 19 in Brunswick County. Register by contacting Jessie Birckhead at 919-707-0068 or email@example.com. Go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Have-A-Problem/Coyote-Workshops.
Wildlife: A dinner and charity auction of prints by Garner wildlife artist Duane Raver will be held 5-9 p.m. Sept. 9 at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church, 121 Second St., Clayton. Call 919-218-4010, or visit www.servetheneedjc.org.
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