Just because you don’t come from a hunting family doesn’t mean you can’t learn to hunt. That’s the message of the Ducks Unlimited chapters in Johnston and Harnett counties, and they’re backing it up by hosting the inaugural Waterfowl Classic.
On Saturday, the chapters will offer the hands-on event at The Farm entertainment venue in Selma, where participants can learn from experienced waterfowlers and see demonstrations covering equipment, shooting, calling, safety, retriever training, hunting opportunities and more. Participants will be able to shoot Browning, Benelli and Beretta duck guns.
The state chapter is testing the program for DU to take nationwide.
“It’s a new event under the Sportsmen for Tomorrow program with Ducks Unlimited,” said Justin Aycock, a Princeton High School teacher and event organizer. It’s geared toward getting kids (in middle school through college) involved, … but this event is for anyone.”
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Activities will run 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 215 Batten Road in Selma. Tickets cost $10. Learn more at www.sportsmenfortomorrow.com.
Banquet: The Corinth Holders High School Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its banquet 6-10 p.m. May 16 in the school cafeteria, 6875 Applewhite Road in Wendell.
Shotgunners: David Basten of Lynchburg, Va., won the men’s main event to take home the double-barrel-shaped trophy from the April 24-26 Southern Side-by-Side Spring Classic at Deep River Sporting Clays in Sanford. Sherry Jordan of Roanoke, Va., won the women’s title.
Basten said he enjoys gaining skills on a variety of vintage shotguns.
“Be confident in yourself,” advises Basten, who shoots a Model 21 Winchester made around 1933. “Don’t second-guess yourself. When you’re on, you’re on.”
The event drew nearly 600 entries. Find results at www.southernsidebyside.com.
Trapping: The N.C. Trappers Association will offer a trapping class May 9 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest in Transylvania County. The course will be repeated June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10. Wake County Wildlife Club, 1313 Coley Road in Durham, will host an Aug. 22 session.
Final plans: The Hillsborough Sport Fishing Club’s 12th N.C. Offshore Challenge is May 15-17 out of Morehead City, Wanchese and Hatteras Island. Go to www.hillsboroughsfc.com.
Women’s event: Wake County Wildlife Club will offer the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman shooting sports and archery workshop 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 6.
CCA NC news: The inaugural Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina Cobia Challenge is scheduled for May 16 at the Boathouse in Beaufort. The captains meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 15 during the Crystal Coast Chapter banquet. Go to www.ccanc.org/2015-CCA-NC-Cobia-Challenge-Fishing-Tournament.
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