Words on paper are generating exciting times for the Dream Hunting and Fishing Program and director Terry Boyce.
The Elizabeth City nonprofit has launched a cookbook to help fund its programs for seriously ill or disabled children and wounded military personnel, and Boyce is in the August issue of Field & Stream as one of the magazine’s Heroes of Conservation.
“The only magazine you ever saw when I was a kid was Field & Stream, so it means a lot to see your name like that,” said Boyce, 62, who retired six years ago as a federal investigator and took up a nonstop volunteer schedule helping others get outdoors.
Tuesday saw him manning the 15-year-old nonprofit’s mount-filled 18-foot wildlife education trailer at Elizabeth City’s National Night Out crime prevention event.
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“We had a pretty good crowd,” said Boyce, who estimated 1,000 children learned about fish, ducks, deer, squirrels and other creatures native to northeastern North Carolina.
Partnering with N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wildlife officers, Boyce takes the trailer to schools and events in the nine counties the organization serves: Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, Perquimmans and Tyrrell, Boyce said.
This fall, volunteers and supporters from other organizations will take children hunting and fishing and will take wounded warriors and disabled veterans hunting.
Stories of such outings have made their way into the 90-page cookbook as letters from grateful families, said volunteer Karen Jackson, a branch administrator with Edward Jones Investments who compiled the collection.
“It has been inspiration to see the families touched by the giving of the organization … to get an opportunity to just be ‘normal,’ ” she said.
And there are the recipes – familiar or not.
“What’s kind of unusual is it has some wild-game recipes like turtle and duck and squirrel and bear,” Boyce said. “It’s a little bit of every kind of wild game there is.”
To buy a cookbook, contact Boyce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open house: The Bob Timberlake Gallery in Lexington will host a Sportsman’s Open House and Wildlife Conservation Celebration on Sept. 12 to release this year’s Sportsman’s Series limited-edition print.
Sales of “Post Season Reunion” will benefit the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation and the Capt. Purcell and Helen Jones Endowment Fund at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum at Harkers Island.
Boat show: The fall season launches with the Aug. 21-23 Carolina Fall Boat Show and Sale at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Adult admission costs $7. Learn more at www.carolinafallboatshow.com.
Meeting: A joint meeting of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee and the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Steering Committee will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Washington Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.
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