Register soon if you’re planning to attend the 22nd annual Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wayne B. Lewter Triangle Chapter Banquet on Saturday in Raleigh.
“We like for people to preregister so we have a headcount,” membership volunteer Emily Williford of Raleigh said. “We do take a certain number of walkups.”
Doors open at 5 p.m. for fundraising event at the Wake County Shrine Club at 6015 Lead Mine Road. Annual attendance averages 100 to 115, Williford said.
Tickets cost $75 single, $100 couple and $40 youth 17-under. Live and silent auctions include items such as an African safari and an elk hunting trip in the western U.S.
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Proceeds help fund state and national projects such as reintroducing elk in former habitat and purchasing and maintaining land for habitat for elk and other wildlife.
“We want to make sure they have a good habitat to live in and they maintain a healthy herd,” Williford said.
Saltwater fishing: If it rains, the festivities will still go on for the Hillsborough Sport Fishing Club’s N.C. Offshore Challenge Friday-Sunday out of the Gulf Docks in Morehead City and OBX Marina in Wanchese.
Beach music and other activities will take place at the Crow’s Nest Shopping Center on the Atlantic Beach Causeway, and everyone is invited, tournament director Terry Rose said.
If boats carrying volunteers and disabled veterans can’t get out, there’s still plenty of opportunity for socializing and surf fishing, he said.
Cobia tournament: The Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina plans to hold the Regulator Marine CCA NC Cobia Challenge Fishing Tournament on Saturday out of Portside Marine in Morehead City as long as the weather doesn’t turn rough.
The captains meeting is 5 p.m. at Atlantic Coast Marine Group/TowBoat US Headquarters, 201 Arendell St. Entry costs $250. Register at www.ccanc.org, or call 919-781-3474. Find updates at https://www.facebook.com/CCA-North-Carolina-296020963787009.
Fisheries: The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is holding its business meeting Thursday and Friday at Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. The Thursday all-day session starts at 9 a.m., with public comment on any fisheries management issues at 9:15 and review of possible recreational cobia harvest changes at 10:15. The Friday session runs 8:30-11:45 a.m.
Blue crab, oyster and flounder fisheries also are on the agenda. Go to portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-meetings.
Women’s event: Tickets are sold out for the National Wild Turkey Federation Crystal Coast Callers’ Women in the Outdoors Pistols and Pancakes brunch on the gun range on Saturday at SureShot Gunsports in Havelock in Craven County. For future events, follow https://www.facebook.com/CrystalCoastCallersNwtf.
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