Summer break is arriving, and it’s a great time for kids to get outdoors – provided the weather cooperates.
Organizers are watching the forecast for a variety of free fishing events being hosted across the state by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and businesses and organizations during the June 4-12 National Fishing and Boating Week.
In Orange County, the Youth Fishing Rodeo is scheduled for 8:30-noon Saturday at Strayhorn Pond just off Interstate 40 near Hillsborough. For weather updates, call the hotline at 919-245-2669 late Friday afternoon, or check www.facebook.com/orangecountyncrec. If the event takes place, registration will be on-site. There is no age limit. Bait is provided; youths should bring their own fishing poles.
One cancellation already has happened. The annual Kids Fishing Derby scheduled for Saturday on Simpkins Pond at Raleigh’s Lake Wheeler Park will not be rescheduled.
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“We will be aiming for next year, the first week of June,” park manager Chris Murray said Wednesday. “We hope Mother Nature will be kind, and we’ll figure out a plan for next year.”
Kids event: The Ridgecrest Outdoors Kids Fishing Expo for ages 12 and younger is scheduled for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11, rain or shine, by the stocked pond at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 1104 Milton Road in Durham. Admission is free. Activities include archery, pellet gun range, bounce house and more. Contact Rod King at 919-632-7593, or visit www.ridgecrest.cc.
Veterans: Operation North State will host 50 wounded warriors and disabled veterans for the second annual New Bern Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at Lawson Creek Boat Ramps in New Bern. To volunteer or donate, call 336-764-5967, or go to www.operationnorthstate.com.
Archery: Rain on May 29 forced N.C. Hunter Supply to reschedule its fifth annual 3D shoot and benefit for N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen for 9 a.m. June 19 at Tar River Archery Club, located at 4492 N.C. 39 near Bunn. Entry is $15. Call 919-676-6799, or visit www.centralcarolinaarchery.com. To donate, go to www.nchuntersupply.com.
Saltwater fishing: It’s not too late to find a boat or a space in the 58th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on June 13-18 and the 19th Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament on June 11 out of Morehead City. Find boats at www.thebigrock.com.
Wildlife plan: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s 10-year update of the N.C. Wildlife Action Plan setting priorities for conservation of fish and wildlife species and habitats. Find the plan at www.ncwildlife.org/plan.
Trout fishing: From Saturday to Sept. 30, 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters will be open under hatchery-supported regulations, the N.C Wildlife Resources Commission said. Go to www.ncwildlife.org.
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