College students are busy enough with classes and studies and projects. One group of N.C. State University students is working through a particularly busy stretch.
After hosting a Cary VFW Post 7383 banquet hall full of guests for their fifth annual Wild Foods Supper on Feb. 27, Leopold Wildlife Club members again will conduct their popular Wildlife Scavenger Hunt to educate several hundred youths at the Dixie Deer Classic hunting exposition Friday through Sunday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
“We have all of the questions figured out,” said fund-raising coordinator Moriah Boggess, who is organizing volunteers for the scavenger hunt at Dixie Deer Classic booths.
Participants will answer questions at 10 booths and then turn in completed forms to win prizes from the Wake County Wildlife Club and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
After the exposition, some N.C. State students will attend The Wildlife Society’s March 18-20 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave at Eastern Kentucky University. Funds from the Feb. 27 dinner and silent and live auctions help students take field trips and attend educational programs, the group’s faculty adviser, Dr. Lara Pacifici.
For the Wild Foods Supper, the Leopold Wildlife Club’s potluck spread included dishes from a cooking contest with categories from meat to dessert. Diners sampled venison, feral hog, beaver, dove, tuna, flounder, swan, bear, mahi-mahi, squirrel and other meats, along with vegetables and fruit pies.
Barbara Due of Durham, a newcomer to the event, won the dessert category with acorn-maple brownies.
“We process our own acorn flour every year, about 20 pounds,” said Due, who replaces wheat flour with ground acorns she and husband Steve gather from chestnut oaks on public game lands.
Barbara Due said their interest in healthier foods also led them to hunting, and Steve Due finished second in the contest’s “other game” category with squirrel pepperoni-topped homemade pizza that included pesto made with wild lambsquarter leaves.
Other winners were Will Summer for venison chili, Lisa Gatens for tuna ceviche, Beth Robertson for beaver ragu and Kara Pruitt for butternut squash soup.
Fishing school: Recreational fishermen can learn from regional experts when Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina hosts its inaugural CCA NC Fishing School 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The fee is $55 for nonmembers. Contact Donald Willis at 252-670-3853 or reach CCA NC at 919-781-3474.
Marine fisheries: The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has lowered the cobia daily recreational bag limit from two fish to one fish per person, effective Feb. 27. See Proclamation FF-09-2016 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.
Banquet: The L.A. Dixon Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its banquet at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at The Big Barn in Hillsborough. Adult tickets cost $60. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-697-0222.
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