After watching the forecast path of Hurricane Matthew for days and agonizing into the early hours of Wednesday, organizers of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association’s Oak Island Classic fishing tournament made a decision: The seventh annual competition, scheduled for Saturday, is canceled.
“You’ve got to wait and see and hope it goes away. And when it doesn’t, you have to make a tough choice,” Mark Patterson of Greensboro said by phone before dawn Wednesday, shortly after posting on Facebook a lengthy letter to the 183 entrants.
Postponement was not an option, Patterson said, because entrants have taken time off work and rented accommodations.
Anglers who do not request partial refunds of entry fees will be entered into a raffle for the tournament prizes, including kayaks, gift certificates and entries into next year’s tournament on the second Saturday of October.
“I think we did the right thing with everything going to raffle,” Patterson said. “That’s the only fair thing.”
The event’s shirts will be donated to a homeless shelter, and gift bags will go to fishing events for children and women.
“Maybe some good will come out of that,” Patterson said.
Though he expected some anglers to be angry over the cancellation, Patterson was resolute.
“We can’t risk, and we’re not going to risk, people coming here and being injured,” he said.
Learn more at www.facebook.com/nckfa.
Dogs: Weather permitting Saturday and Sunday, the Central Carolina Poodle Club will conduct a hunt test for all varieties of poodles at Cane Creek Campground, 1256 Longest Acre Road, in Snow Camp near Burlington.
Any owner-dog team can try retrieving in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission-sanctioned field trial; a hunting license is required. Learn more at www.centralcarolinapoodleclub.org.
Youth event: The Granville County Gobblers Jakes Youth Day is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Lake Devin boat ramp and shelter in Oxford.
Youths ages 2-17 can join in fishing, archery, air rifle shooting, horseshoes and other activities to learn about sportsmanship, outdoor safety and the environment.
Find updates and register at www.facebook.com/GranvilleCountyGobblers.
Boating: The Raleigh Sail and Power Squadron will conduct its America’s Boating Course safe boating and skills course 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 15 at Resurrection Lutheran School in Cary.
The course, which costs $50 and covers sail, power and personal watercraft, meets state requirements for vessel operation by people born on or after Jan. 1, 1988.
Contact Tom Taylor at 919-266-1860 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at www.rsps.org.
Women’s event: Registration is expected to fill quickly for the all-day NRA Women On Target Ladies Only Instructional Shooting Clinic on Oct. 30 at Sir Walter Gun Club in Raleigh. The clinic, designed for women who have never shot, costs $25. Go to www.sirwaltergunclub.com and click Special Events.
Meeting: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at its headquarters in Raleigh. Live-streaming can be found at www.ncwildlife.org.
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