Ursus americanus makes about 60 percent of North Carolina home in increasing numbers, mostly on the coast and in the mountains.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission manages this population of approximately 15,000 black bears and seeks public input on hunting and management.
The commission will hold seven meetings this month, each at 7 p.m., to share information, discuss management and hear comment on the state’s only bear species:
▪ Aug. 9, Swain Auditorium, Edenton.
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▪ Aug. 10, Craven Community College, New Bern.
▪ Aug. 11, Bladen Community College, Bladenboro.
▪ Aug. 15, Southwestern Community College, Sylva.
▪ Aug. 16, Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton.
▪ Aug. 17, Davidson County Community College, Thomasville.
▪ Aug. 24, NCWRC Headquarters, Raleigh.
In the 2015 season, according to the 2015 Bear Harvest Report, N.C. hunters killed 3,118 bears statewide – 39 in the piedmont, 1,199 in the mountains and 1,880 in the coastal region.
Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.
Kayak fishing: Nathan Culp of Wilmington caught a 28.25-inch-long redfish, a 21-inch flounder and a 17.25-inch trout totaling 66.5 inches to win the Grand Slam title at the TJM Charity Kayak and SUP Fishing Tournament conducted by Hook, Line and Paddle Canoe and Kayak Outfitters on July 30 along the Cape Fear Coast at Wilmington.
Division winners were Spencer Cooke of Asheville with a 33-inch redfish. Jerry Adams of Fayetteville with a 22-inch trout and Scott Nicholas of Wilmington with a 23-inch flounder.
The 90 participants raised $4,200 for the New Hanover Humane Society, said Ryan Meddock, co-owner and tournament director. The TJM is named in memory of Meddock’s father, Terrance Jackson Meddock.
Find more results at www.hooklineandpaddle.com.
Gun show: Buyers, sellers and traders will find everything from guns and knives to military collectibles and survival supplies at the Dixie Gun & Knife Show at the State Fairgrounds this weekend.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 10-5 Aug. 7. Adult admission is $9 cash. Find a $1 coupon at www.dixiegunandknifeshow.com/raleigh-show.
Shooting: The N.C. Youth Shooting Foundation has moved its Aug. 20 shoot to 8 a.m. Aug. 13 at The Fork Farm in Norwood. The 50-bird event costs $20 per shooter. Go to www.ncysf.org or www.forkstables.com.
Camps: Piedmont Wildlife Center has a few spots open for Durham and Raleigh summer camps in August. Learn more at www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org.
Bass fishing: Whether competing for championship points or just for the day’s prizes, all anglers are welcome at the PBC Cashion Fishing Rods 2016 End Of Year Trail Qualifier No. 3 on Aug. 6 at the Ledge Rock ramp on Falls Lake.
Blastoff is at 6:15 a.m. Team entry costs $110; no membership fee is charged. Find entry forms and tips on keeping bass alive in hot weather at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.
The next event is Aug. 20 on Kerr Lake. Contact Phil McCarson at 919-971-5042.
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