Registration open for Women Only Weekend

The first Women Only Weekend won a national award, so the N.C. Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is back with even more activities.

NWTF Communicator of the Year Brenda Valentine will return as the archery instructor, said Wynn Smith, the state vice president and Save the Hunt. coordinator.

Last year’s event in Concord drew 35 women, offered five activities and won the NWTF’s award for best first-time event for women in the outdoors. This year, Smith said, a dozen hands-on activities from shooting and fishing to papercraft and photography are planned for Sept. 18-19 at New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association Range in Castle Hayne.

The goal is to enable at least 100 women to attend the Friday reception and Saturday instruction sessions.

To do so, “our state chapter board this year is paying for everybody’s room for two nights,” Smith said. “Ladies are paying only for registration to pay for membership, T-shirt, meals and supplies.”

Registration costs $100. Go to ncnwtf.com, or email wynnsmith101@gmail.com.

Nominate a hero: Nominations are due July 1 for the N.C. Wildlife Federation’s 52nd annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards. Go to ncwf.org/programs/awards.

Deer had CWD: Michigan on May 26 confirmed a free-ranging deer found in Meridian Township near Lansing in April has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease that affects cervids such as white-tailed deer and elk.

The disease had not been found in the state’s free-ranging deer. In 2008, a whitetail at a private facility in Kent County tested positive, the Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.

Michigan has implemented its response plan in Ingham County and surrounding areas and begun CWD testing by killing deer in a zone around where the infected deer was found. Hunting and other restrictions will be imposed.

Twenty-three states and two Canadian provinces have found CWD in free-ranging or privately owned cervids or both. The disease has not been found in North Carolina.

Learn more at cwd-info.org.

Farmer indicted: The Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Missouri on June 10 issued a one-count federal indictment against a Columbia, Mo., man for violations of the Lacy Act related to the sale of 11 whitetails transported in October 2013 from Missouri to Florida. Florida bans imports.

Charles “Sam” James, co-owner of Timber Hollow Whitetails, could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Deer forums: The last four meetings in a series of nine public forums on deer management are taking place. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is providing information and seeking feedback during sessions from 7-9 p.m. on: June 18, Bladen Community College, Bladenboro; June 23, Haywood Community College, Clyde; June 24, Municipal Auditorium, Morganton; and June 25, Elkin High School.

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