Waterfowl hunters can extend their season and hunt light geese under special late-season rules that are part of the 2015-16 waterfowl season dates released by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
A free permit will allow hunters to participate in the Light Goose Conservation Season to hunt snow, blue and Ross’ geese under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program that North Carolina had previously not opted to join because “we just don’t winter that many light geese,” said Doug Howell, a commission waterfowl biologist.
The state joined the season this year in response to requests from hunters, particularly those that hunt Hyde County, one of the coastal counties where waterfowl spend the winter. Most geese migrate by late February.
The Feb. 15 to March 31 season allows hunters to use unplugged guns and electronic calls and to have slightly extended shooting hours. No daily limit applies.
To obtain a conservation season permit, hunters will have to complete a survey. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/lightgoose.
The regular light goose season runs Oct. 13 to Feb. 13. The conservation season permit is not needed for the regular season.
The season for ducks, mergansers and coots runs Oct. 7-10, Nov. 14-Dec. 5 and Dec. 19-Jan. 30. Black and mottled ducks are off-limits until Nov. 21.
The season for sea ducks runs Oct. 1-Jan. 30 in the special sea duck area.
Canada goose season starts Oct. 7 in the resident population and southern James Bay hunt zones.
For all waterfowl and extended falconry season dates and limits, go to www.ncwildlife.org.
Last call: Entries into the Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition must be uploaded by 5 p.m. Sept. 3 at http://bit.ly/1SYgWBC.
Deer camps: Lumber River Outdoors in Columbus County will host two Quality Deer Management Association camps Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Dec. 4-6 for mentored hunting as well as hands-on classroom and field instruction.
The cost of $225 per hunter or $100 per non-hunter includes lodging and meals. Apply at www.lumberriveroutdoors.com. Contact Guy or Judy Gardner at 919-608-3386 or 919-250-8441.
Trapping: The N.C. Trappers Association Convention will be held Sept. 25-26 at the Johnston County Livestock Arena, 526 County Home Road in Smithfield.
Open to the public, the free, family-oriented event will include demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and contests.
Boating course: Registration ends Sept. 13 for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Cary Flotilla 054-09-11’s About Boating Safely seminar being held 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Nationwide Insurance Service Center, 4401 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The cost is $35. Contact Ron Sanders at email@example.com or 919-781-5917.
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