Free seminars await waterfowl hunters

Spaces remain for free waterfowl hunting seminars offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Ducks Unlimited.

Designed for new or experienced hunters, the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. seminars are Oct. 24 in Fayetteville; Oct. 26 in Elizabeth City; Oct. 27 in Raleigh at the N.C. State University Engineering Building II, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh; Nov. 15 at Jacksonville; Nov. 16 at Bass Pro Shops in Concord; and Nov. 17 at Winston-Salem.

An Oct. 25 seminar at Greenville was canceled because of Hurricane Matthew flooding but the other sessions will be held, hunting heritage biologist Walter “Deet” James said.

Register at www.ncwildlife.org/sbs.

Closures: For updates on post-hurricane closures of state game lands and boating access areas, go to www.ncwildlife.org/Hurricane-Matthew.

Alligator hunting: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Alligator Task Force are holding public forums to receive public input on management of American alligators in North Carolina. Forums will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at Town Hall in Leland, Nov. 2 at the Parks and Recreation Department in Swansboro and Nov. 3 at the Dare County Center in Manteo.

Turkey: Bryan Perry of Franklin County is seeking re-election to a three-year term on the national board of directors of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Ballots can be found in the November-December issue of the federation’s Turkey Country magazine, arriving in mailboxes this week. Learn more at www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaNWTF.

Shooting: A women-only N.C. Concealed Handgun training course will be offered at 9 a.m. Nov. 12 in Wendell. The cost is $25. Firearm rental is $25 and includes ammunition. Register with instructor Ben Martin at 919-214-1096.

Fly fishing: The Cape Lookout Albacore Festival fly fishing and light tackle event starts Thursday with Healing Waters Day for disabled veterans at Atlantic Beach in Carteret County. Public activities will be Friday and Saturday. Proceeds benefit Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Find updates at www.facebook.com/CapeLookoutAlbacoreFestival.

Tournament: CCA North Carolina will host the Coastal Conservation Open Inshore Fishing Tournament 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 at The Boat House at Front Street Village in Beaufort.

Entry costs $300 per team. Proceeds benefit the Crystal Coast Hospice House and Save NC Sounds. Register at www.ccanc.org.

Benefit: Tickets are on sale for the Night in the Woods Benefit Gala and Auction to benefit the Piedmont Wildlife Center. The event will be 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Levin Jewish Community Center in Durham. Go to www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org/auction2016.

State Fair: The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has returned to the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh with an exhibit tent containing a salt marsh tank, a fish identification stand and other coastal information. Find the tent between Gates 1 and 2.

The commission’s exhibit, including a pellet gun range, is across from the Village of Yesteryear between the Old Farm Machinery Building and the Children’s Barnyard.

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