When the weather turns cold, daydreamers can look ahead to favorite pursuits. It’s not too early to plan time at a variety of outdoors-related events the new year will bring. Here are ideas to get you started.
Use our many trails: State parks will be open Jan. 1 for First Day Hikes. One family-friendly hike will start at 11 a.m. on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail; meet at the Falls Lake causeway pull-off on Six Forks Road. Find hikes at ncparks.gov/first-day-hikes.
Check out a boat show: The Bass and Saltwater Expo previews the boating and fishing season with vendors and seminars Jan. 12-14 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Visit www.bassandsaltwaterfishingexpo.com. The 26th Raleigh Convention Center Boat Show is in downtown Raleigh Feb. 1-4. Go to http://bit.ly/2l7dpb5.
Have your say: Be involved by participating in the public hearing process for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s 2018-19 fishing, hunting and wildlife resource management regulations. Public hearings will be held Jan. 9-25. Comment ends Feb. 1. Find a schedule and proposed regulations on deer, bear, alligator, trout, catfish, feral swine and more at http://bit.ly/2pJnBuV.
Jan. 15 is the deadline for comment on allowing hunting for migratory birds on Sundays. Go to ncmigratorybirds.org.
Marvel at an expo: A don’t-miss event is Wake County Wildlife Club’s 38th Dixie Deer Classic hunting exposition March 2-4 at the State Fairgrounds. The event offers seminars, kids activities, an archery contest and even Carolina DockDogs canine competitions. Go to dixiedeerclassic.org.
Enjoy a festival: Arts of the Pamlico will host the 22nd East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival Feb. 9-10 in downtown Washington, N.C. Go to artsofthepamlico.org.
Talk turkey: The April 7-13 youth season kicks off with the Pirate Classic Youth Hunt near Greenville and other National Wild Turkey Federation chapter events. The statewide season runs April 14-May 12. Go to ncwildlife.org and ncnwtf.com.
Admire the fish: The billfishing world turns its attention to the 60th Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament in Morehead City June 8-16. Triangle boats and anglers often chase a $1 million prize. Go to thebigrock.com.
Watch for the expansion of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians in Bryson City this summer. Go to flyfishingmuseum.org.
Join a committee: The deadline is Jan. 2 to apply to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission fisheries advisory committees. Go to http://bit.ly/2lhQZTD.
Send a kid to camp: The Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, N.C., will host Camp Canvasback in July for hunters ages 12-17. Go to http://bit.ly/2BJVQ7f. And the Fur Fish & Game Rendezvous takes place in July at Millstone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe. Go to millstone4hcamp.com.
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