Before checking equipment, many of the state’s deer hunters should check mailboxes. Biologist Jonathan Shaw would appreciate a response to some important questions.
More than 223,000 hunters – about half of the holders of the state’s big game hunting license – are being asked through email and postcards to complete an online survey about deer hunting and hunter preferences. Already more than 11,000 have responded to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, but Shaw hopes for more.
“If we stopped right now, we could make some good inferences,” the Richlands-based biologist said, but having more responses would enable Shaw’s team to better evaluate regions and assess management needs, herd condition and hunter desires in each of the state’s 100 counties.
A few postcard recipients are encountering difficulties accessing the survey because they are typing the web address into a search box instead of into the address or navigation bar, Shaw said.
A second round of emails and postcards was expected to go out this week with a unique access code for each recipient, Shaw said.
The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.
“We tried to trim it back as much as we could,” Shaw said.
The deadline to respond is Sept. 30. Archery season for deer starts Sept. 10.
Kayaking: The second annual Kayaking for Crohn’s event will be held noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh. A $30 donation includes kayak rental, games and a gift bag. Register at www.crohnsnomore.org and click “Events.”
Photography: Sept. 1 is the deadline for the annual Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition. Find rules at www.ncwildlife.org/contest.
Record scamp: A state record scamp caught off Atlantic Beach would be a world record if the International Game Fish Association certifies an all-tackle world record application.
Fishing aboard the Sunrise II charter boat, Teddy Wingfield, 9, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., caught the 32-pound fish on June 2.
The previous state record, a 27-pound, 1-ounce fish, also was caught of Atlantic Beach in 2012, and the world record 29-10 fish was caught off Dauphin Island, Ala., in 2000, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said.
Sporting clays: The Clays 4Kay sporting clays shoot to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund will be held Aug. 19 at Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School near Sanford.
Fisheries: The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 17-19 at the Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. A public meeting starts at 6 p.m. Aug. 17. Find an agenda at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/dmf-public-meetings-schedules.
Hunting: Bass Pro Shops of Cary is joining the company’s annual national Fall Hunting Classic with free seminars, special offers, nonprofit displays and expert presentations Aug. 12-28. Go to www.basspro.com/classic.
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