CCA banquet on tap

The Neuse River Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina (CCANC) will host its annual membership banquet on Thursday, March 1 at Bridgepointe Hotel & amp Marina in New Bern.

The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a catered dinner, a live and silent auction, various games and raffles.

Tickets ($70 individuals/$100 couples) include the banquet, a year’s membership in CCA and the organization’s TIDES magazine.

Sponsor and corporate tables are available.

For information or tickets, contact Donald Willis (252-670-3853) or David Blythe (252-617-7717).

All proceeds from the event will support the CCA’s efforts to protect and enhance our marine resources and recreational saltwater angling.

Wildlife Commission gaining Tyrrell County tract

Ownership and management of a 10,297-acre site near Columbia, N.C., known as the Palmetto-Peartree Preserve, is being transferred to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The tract, bordered by Albemarle Sound and the Alligator River, is near the Wildlife Commission’s Texas Plantation, J. Morgan Futch and Aligator River game lands.

Its pine and hardwood timberland was identified in years past as good habitat for the endangered red cockaded woodpecker.

For that reason, it was acquired by the N.C. Department of Transportation and managed as a preserve to mitigate habitat loss in other areas. Rising water levels have adversely affected the pines that the birds require for nesting, however, and the tract was transferred to The Conservation Fund and then, in October, to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The plan is to restore access into the remote, densely-vegetated area via roads, trails and kayak launch sites and allow use by the public. The transfer of the property is expected to be finalized by the end of April and boundaries delineating it from private lands posted by Sept. 1. According to David Clegg, Tyrrell County manager, the Palmetto-Peartree Preserve will fit the county’s vision of ecotourism.

New Neuse Sport Shop coming

According to a recent news release, the Neuse Sport Shop will open a new store in Cedar Point, N.C. between the Emerald Isle Bridge and Swansboro by October 2018.

The original store, which has been a fixture on Hwy. 70E in Kinston for decades, will remain open.

Event to celebrate Core Sound hunt clubs

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island will host A Winter Taste of Core Sound on Friday, February 23.

The event will feature a welcome reception beginning at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a hunting camp-style dinner. That feast will feature fresh seafood and wild game in the tradition of the old hunting clubs. The evening’s program will include a presentation by decoy collector and historian Dolly Fulcher and two auctions – one live and one silent. Auction items will include contemporary and antique working decoys, as well as outdoor gear.

Tickets are $50 for members of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center and $65 for non-members. They can be secured by phone at 252-728-1500 or online at www.coresound.com.

3-D archery tournament

The Pitt County Wildlife Club will host a 3-D archery tournament at their range outside Greenville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The site is located on NC 222 between Belvoir (on NC 33) and Falkland (on NC 43). Phone Joe McMillan at 252-902-9806 for directions or details.

Hunting Seasons

Controlled hunting preserves: thru Mar. 31

Raccoon, opossum, gray squirrel, grouse, bobcat: thru Feb. 28

Rabbit & amp; quail: thru Feb. 28

Common snipe thru Feb. 28

Coyote, feral swine (hogs), nutria, skunk, groundhog or armadillo: no closed season

Trapping: through Feb. 28

Note: Check the N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, available online or from Wildlife Service Agents, for additional information regarding seasons, bag limits and special provisions.