Outdoors

RSVP soon for June 6 youth conservation event

Just over three weeks remain for participants and exhibitors to join the lineup for the second annual Wake County Ducks Unlimited Greenwings and Raleigh Parks and Recreation Outdoor Fun and Conservation Day.

The event, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on June 6 at Lake Wheeler Park, is intended to help youths learn about being good stewards of the environment. Members of the YMCA’s Y Guides, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Boy Scouts have been invited, along with the public.

“All the kids (under age 17) will get a free Ducks Unlimited membership,” Ed Goff, the state DU chapter’s Central Regional vice chairman, said. “We have a free lunch and free drinks. We’re getting donations for the drinks from Pepsi. The caterer, Backyard Bistro, is donating all their food and services.”

Eighty-six youths and their families turned out last year.

The Kids Fishing Derby runs 9-11 a.m. for ages 6-12. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission BB gun shoot, the Wake County Sheriff’s Department K9 demonstration and the N.C. Trappers Association exhibit are expected to be among the day’s activities, along with games, a 3D archery shoot and other demonstrations and exhibits. The schedule is subject to change.

“Any outdoor conservation organization or outdoor sports company that is interested in … showing kids what they’re about can contact me,” Goff said.

RSVP to edgoff@nc.rr.com. Learn more at www.ducks.org/north-carolina.

Kids can fish: The Falls Lake Youth Fishing Tournament for ages 5-13 takes place 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 16 at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. The free event is part of National Kids to Parks Day. Register by calling 919-676-1027.

Flounder on agenda: Options for managing the southern flounder fishery, including reducing the catch 25-60 percent, will top the agenda when the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission meets May 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Riverfront in New Bern.

Public comment starts at 6 p.m. May 20 and 9 a.m. May 21.

Written comment is due by 5 p.m. May 18.

Wildlife meeting: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. May 21 at its headquarters in Raleigh. The commission is to consider adoption of the Division of Wildlife Management’s revised chronic wasting disease response plan. Go to www.ncwildlife.org.

Dog training: Some proceeds from dog training classes conducted by Sally Said So Professional Dog Training at Bass Pro Shops in Cary will benefit area kids programs, women’s shelters and dog rescues. Register at www.sallysaidso.com, or call 919-427-4775.

Black sea bass: The recreational black sea bass season opens May 15-Sept. 21 north of Cape Hatteras. Minimum 12 1/2 inches, and limit 15 fish per person per day. South of Cape Hatteras, the season opened April 1 with minimum of 13 inches and limit of five.

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