An N.C. chapter is among six National Wild Turkey Federation chapters to receive national awards for events for women, and a western N.C. chapter was honored for work with disabled individuals.
The Franklin County Longbeards were honored for Best Women in the Outdoors event with up to 75 participants at the federation’s 40th annual convention held Feb. 11-14 in Nashville, Tenn.
State chapters in Wisconsin and Ohio along with local chapters in Florida, Massachusetts and Indiana also were honored for women’s programs as part of the federation’s “Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.” outreach effort.
Franklin County’s women-only deer hunt gives first-time and returning hunters the chance to learn about safety and hunting basics from about 20 volunteers, who work with landowners to find places to hunt and even provide meals.
“We started that about five years ago,” chapter president Tony Stallings said Wednesday morning. “I think the first year we had about five participants. You always have to start somewhere. This past year we had about 50.”
The Surry Longspurs, along with chapters from Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia, were honored for holding events for individuals with mobility impairments or special needs. Surry received the Top Contributing Event Award for hosting the Yadkin Valley Wheelin’ Sportsmen Benefit and raising more than $21,000 for Wheelin’ Sportsman activities.
North Carolina was runner-up for the L.A. Dixon Jr. Memorial Outstanding State Chapter Award for states with 5,000 to 7,499 members. The state has more than 6,800 members in 55 chapters. Learn more at www.ncnwtf.com.
Turkey banquet: The Scurry Longspurs Hunting Heritage Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at The Depot in Dobson. Go to www.facebook.com/surrylongspurs.
Seminars: North Carolina starts wild turkey hunting with youth week April 2-8, then the main season runs April 9-May 7. To help hunters prepare, the N.C. Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is teaming with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to hold 24 free seminars at 12 locations.
The first 6:30-9:30 p.m. sessions are Feb. 29 (introductory) and March 1 (advanced) at N.C. State University’s N.C. State University SAS 2203 Auditorium, 2311 Stinson Dr., Raleigh. The next seminars are March 2-3 in Roper, March 7-8 in Elizabeth City and March 9-10 in Greenville.
Find a seminar at www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/SkillsBasedSeminars.aspx, or contact Walter “Deet” James at 919-707-0059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fishing school: The inaugural CCA NC Fishing School, with local and regional experts, will be held March 5 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Contact Donald Willis at 252-670-3853 or call CCA NC at 919-781-3474.
Striped bass: The Roanoke River Management Area will open to striped bass harvest March 1-April 30, unless closed by proclamation, the Wildlife Resources Commission said Wednesday. For length and creel limits, go to www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.
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