A long drive from Durham to Concord proved worth the effort. So did a trip to Castle Hayne near Wilmington. And Cary Branthwaite expects a trek to Canton to be worth the effort.
The reward is a weekend of learning outdoors skills with other women from throughout the state at the N.C. Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Women Only Weekend on Aug. 26-28 at Lake Logan Episcopal Center.
“My highlight of the trip last year was shooting a handgun. There was a woman who was a master marksman. … Others hadn’t really shot a gun, and we all kind of got together and helped each other out. It was a great fellowship of women,” said Branthwaite, 55, a licensed physical therapist.
With husband Ike, who owned Carolina Archery in Hillsborough and invented the Whisker Biscuit arrow rest, Branthwaite adores turkey hunting and has killed a nine-point deer. She enjoys the noncompetitive learning environment of the women’s events.
This year, up to 55 women 14 and older can try canoeing, archery, muzzleloading, shotgun sports, handgun safety, fly-casting, hiking, wreath-making, bee keeping, candle-making, game calling, cooking, photography and more.
The $150 cost includes lodging and food. Several chapters, including the Chatham County NWTF Limbhangers, the L.A. Dixon Chapter and the Tar River Chapter, are providing sponsorships, said Wynn Smith, the state chapter vice president.
“The amazing part of it is the people who are putting it on are volunteering their time,” Branthwaite said. “They’re not getting paid. They’re volunteers from the local chapter and from the national organization in South Carolina.”
Periodic review: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public comment on classifications of its existing rules for the periodic review process, as required by state law. Initial determinations classify Motorboats and Water Safety rules (15A NCAC 10F) and Regulated Activities rules (15A NCAC 10H) as unnecessary, necessary with substantive public interest or necessary without substantive public interest. The initial determinations are posted on the agency’s Periodic Rules Review page. Go to www.ncwildlife.org/periodicreview.
Bass fishing: The Cashion Fishing Rods End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail starts July 9 out of Flemingtown Landing on Kerr Lake. The series fishes Falls, Harris, Kerr and Jordan lakes runs through Oct. 15. The championship is Oct. 29.
Larry Hipps of Cary and Dean Lairson of Wendell edged Mark Herndon of Bahama and Jay Garrard of Durham by six points for the spring points title.
Learn more at http://piedmontbassclassics.com/.
Saltwater: Public comment ends Aug. 1 on NOAA Fisheries’ proposed amendment to the fishery management plan for the Atlantic dolphin and wahoo fishery. Regulatory Amendment 1 would establish a commercial trip limit for dolphin of 4,000 pounds whole weight after 75 percent of the commercial sector annual catch limit has been reached.
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