Johnston County hunters raising funds for turkey, youth programs at March 6 banquet

The Johnston County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold one of its big events this week.

The chapter expects more than 150 people for its Hunting Heritage Banquet on March 6 at the American Legion Building on U.S. 301 in Benson.

“We’re giving away about 35 guns, some hunting trips, some fishing trips. We’ve got our youth program going on. It’s a good fundraiser for the NWTF,” said organizer Keith Allen, whose club provides free youth programs and assists people in need in the community.

Doors open at 6 p.m. A few tickets remain at $60 single or $85 couple. Youths under 16 get in free. Call Keith Allen at 919-868-2907 or email sherryallen@embarqmail.com.

The Roanoke-Albemarle banquet is March 7 at the Farmers Market in Williamston. Contact Robbie Gurkin at 252-809-3334 or robbieg@embarqmail.com.

CCA banquet: The Neuse River Chapter of Coastal Conservation North Carolina will hold its banquet March 5 in New Bern. Tickets are $65 solo or $100 couple. Contact Donald Willis Jr. at 252-670-3853.

Sportsman’s dinner: The Colonial Outdoors men’s ministry is holding a benefit dinner 6:30-8 p.m. March 7 at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary. Tickets cost $18. Vendors of hunting, fishing and taxidermy gear, as well as trucks and collector items, will be present.

Running: If you missed out on a gorgeous Core Sound decoy at auction in December, you can run for one.

The top male and top female 10K and 5K finishers will each receive a signed and numbered Corey Lawrence Core Sound-style working redhead decoy at the inaugural Core Sound Run scheduled for 9 a.m. March 21 at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island in Carteret County.

Adult registration costs $30 until March 7 and $35 after. Go to www.runtheeast.com.

Art contest: March 31 is the deadline to enter the Core Sound Decoy Festival poster contest, conducted by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild. Go to www.decoyguild.com and click “News.”

Commission meets: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission meets at 9 a.m. March 5 at its headquarters on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. Go to www.ncwildlife.org.

Youth shoot: The N.C. Youth Shooting Foundation shotgunners in grades 4-12 will compete in sporting clays games March 7 at Buchanan Shoals preserve near Wadesboro in Anson County. The fee is $25. The next event will be April 4 at Deep River Sporting Clays in Sanford. Learn more at www.ncysf.org.

Venue change: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s District 2 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament on March 14 has been moved to the Pitt County Wildlife Club near Greenville. The rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship competition is for middle and high school students. Go to www.ncwildlife.org.

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