Anyone looking for an extra special gift or an addition to a collection can venture to Harkers Island on Carteret County on Saturday and Sunday for two events built around Core Sound’s waterfowling history.
The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild will hold its 28th annual Core Sound Decoy Festival at the Harkers Island Elementary School, and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center will hold its annual Waterfowl Weekend festivities at the museum next door to Cape Lookout National Seashore’s Harkers Island Visitor Center.
Activities take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10-4 Sunday. Free shuttle service connects the sites.
The Decoy Festival includes more than 90 exhibitors, adult and youth carving competitions, duck calling competitions and retriever demonstrations. A decoy auction starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. Adult admission is $8. Find a schedule at www.decoyguild.com.
Waterfowl Weekend, an extension of the Decoy Festival, starts with the museum’s preview dinner and live auction at 6:30 p.m. Friday. For dinner tickets, call 252-728-1500, ext. 21.
The museum’s inaugural Core Sound Heritage Auction of decoys starts with a preview at 4 p.m. Saturday, and bidding starts at 5. Donated items can be viewed on the museum’s page on www.facebook.com.
Free Waterfowl Weekend activities include demonstrations and displays featuring carvers, boat builders, artists and nonprofit organizations. Vendors will sell local seafood. Visit www.coresound.com.
Swan Days: Another event highlighting coastal waterfowl takes place Friday and Saturday when the Hyde County Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service host Swan Days at the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.
The main event is 9-4:30 Saturday and will include waterfowl calling, kids activities, exhibits, artists, craftsmen, food, photography, music and more. A caravan tour will take people in their own vehicles to watch the many wintering birds. Watch for updates at www.swandays.com or on Facebook.
Input needed: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which is developing management plans for game lands, will hold a meeting on the Neuse River game land at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Craven Community College in New Bern. Learn more or comment at www.ncwildlife.org.
Final versions have been released of plans for seven game lands. Go to www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/WheretoHunt/PublicPlaces/GameLandPlans.aspx.
Raffle: Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina is conducting its year end raffle. Make a donation at www.ccanc.org/donate for a chance to win a Yeti cooler, sunglasses, spinning rod and reel combo or $100 gift certificate. The drawing is Dec. 15.
Meeting: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Dec. 10, at its headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State’s NCSU Centennial Campus in Raleigh.
An audio webcast will be available at www.ncwildlife.org under “Public Notices and Pending Rules.”
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