Hunters can make plans now instead of waiting for the traditional early and late season announcements of waterfowl and webless migratory game bird seasons.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on Tuesday announced dates, bag limits and regulations for 2016-17 seasons for waterfowl, webless migratory game birds (including doves) and extended falconry hunting.
This is the first year that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has considered migratory game bird seasons all at once, the commission said. The earlier decision will allow the seasons to be published in the state regulations digest. The final dates and regulations will be available Aug. 1.
The regulations will see other changes, too:
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▪ The season will be Nov. 21-Jan. 28 in the special sea duck hunting area, a reduction from 107 days to 60. The bag limit also is reduced.
▪ Brant season will run Dec. 17-Jan. 28 with a one-bird daily limit. The season of 37 days instead of the 60 in the federal frameworks comes after four years of poor nesting in Canada.
▪ Youth waterfowl days, now for ages 17 and younger, will be Feb. 4 and 11.
▪ Duck season will be open Oct. 5-8, Nov. 12-Dec. 3 and Dec. 17-Jan. 28.
▪ The first dove season segment will start Sept. 3-Oct. 8.
Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.
Bassin’: The Piedmont Bass Classics $10,000 Spring Trail Qualifier No. 5 takes place 6 a.m.-3 p.m. April 30 at the Farrington Point ramp on Jordan Lake. Teams must fish four qualifiers to reach the June 18 championship.
Todd Massey of Chapel Hill and Tim Parker of New Hill won the April 16 Qualifier No. 4 on Kerr Lake.
Results are at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.
Banquet: A few tickets will be available at the door tonight for Thursday’s Triangle Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina banquet in the Kerr Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
An expo starts at 5 p.m. and the banquet at 6. Tickets are $65.
“All the proceeds we raise stay in North Carolina,” CCA NC Executive Director David Sneed said.
The event, with about 300 people expected, will have a new twist as CCA NC presents its first Legislator of the Year Award to Rep. John Bell.
“We thought it would be a good way to recognize legislators who are helping out with outdoors and sportsmen’s issues,” Sneed said.
Bell is recognized for work with the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Outdoor Heritage Act.
Contact Rollie Tillman at 919-880-6197 or CCA NC at 919-781-3474, or go to www.ccanc.org.
Scholarships: Applications are due May 1 to the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild for 10 partial scholarships for students 10-17 to attend Camp Canvasback July 17-22 at the Eastern 4-H Center. Go to www.decoyguild.com.
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