Some people want to learn how to fish or hunt or hike, but they’re not ready to join an organization. They just want to meet like-minded people and learn enough to get started.
Justin Gianni wants to help. An avid outdoorsman, Gianni says he keeps meeting people who say they are interested in outdoors activities but don’t know where to start.
So he created an informal, dues-free Meetup group and a Facebook page.
“I’ve definitely learned there are people out there who are interested in getting into this type of stuff and almost look at it as a daunting task,” said Gianni, 27, a Cary chiropractor and a former Elon University cross country runner out of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh. “One guy emailed and said how much he wanted to get into fishing, but he had no information on how to get started.”
To help, Gianni is hosting a Meetup on Saturday. The group will gather on the Umstead Park side of Lake Crabtree at 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Gianni said Saturday’s gathering will be to share information about fishing Lake Crabtree.
“It’s a place I’ve fished my whole life,” said Gianni, whose family moved to Cary in 1992. “After meeting up, people can get an opportunity to go fishing. … If anybody wants to go to one of the restaurants nearby, we can do that.”
Beginners are welcome, and Gianni said he hopes people with advanced skills will help teach about fishing, hunting, hiking, gardening and all things outdoors in future gatherings.
Turkey hunting: With youth-only week April 2-8 and the statewide season April 9-May 7, turkey hunters of all skill levels can gain last-minute tips on everything from calling to cleaning and cooking as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation continue a series of 24 free seminars. Find a schedule and register at www.ncwildlife.org/learning.
Bass fishing: Tony Fofi of Spring Lake and Dave Murdock of Sanford weighed in five fish totaling 26.99 pounds to take the $1,156 top prize in the Piedmont Bass Classics St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Open held March 12 on Jordan Lake.
The next event is the $10,000 Spring Team Bass Trail Qualifier #2 on March 19 at Farrington Point on Jordan Lake.
Banquets: The Franklin County Longbeards National Wild Turkey Federation Chapter’s Hunting Heritage Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Big Franklin Warehouse, 412 Fox Park, Louisburg. Go to www.facebook.com/events/1025383424200931.
▪ The Crystal Coast Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina will hold its banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Contact Callie Freeman at 919-455-5000, or go to www.ccanc.org.
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