2018 NC Duck Stamp selected

A painting of a pair of canvasbacks by Florida artist Garrett Jacobs has been selected as the artwork for the 2018 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print.

The acrylic painting was unveiled on Feb. 8 at the Wildlife Arts Festival in Washington, N.C. Signed and numbered regular edition prints of the painting with mint stamps will be available July 1 from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C.  Wild Store for $148.

Thirty-one wildlife artists from 18 states submitted entries in this year’s N.C. duck stamp competition, which began in 2008 as a partnership between the NCWRC and the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild. Proceeds from sales of the print and stamp support the Wildlife Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for conservation and waterfowl habitat in North Carolina.

The N.C. Wild Store, which sells the annual print and stamp, can be accessed through the Commission’s web site, www.ncwildlife.org.


Archery tournament scheduled

The Pitt County Wildlife Club will host a 3-D archery tournament at their range on NC 222 between Belvoir (on NC 33) and Falkland (on NC 43) March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone Joe McMillan at 252-902- 9806 for directions or details.


Deer harvest figures available

According to Jonathan Shaw, biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, summary files for the 2017 deer hunting season are now available.

They can be found under the “Harvest Reports” tab at www.ncwildlife.org/deer.

The files indicate that N.C. hunters reported harvesting 161,854 deer during last season. Statewide that was up 8% from 2016, with increases in Districts 2-9.

Harvest declined in District 1. The 2017 deer harvest consisted of 52.6% antlered bucks, 5.6% button bucks and 41.8% does.


Youth turkey hunt

The Pitt County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will host the 2 nd Annual Pirate Classic Youth Turkey Hunt at Hardy Farms in Snow Hill on Saturday, April 7.

Lunch, music and hunting opportunities for young participants are planned.

For information and directions, contact Gary Weaver at 252-341-5832.


Hunting/Fishing Seasons

Controlled hunting preserves: thru Mar. 31

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

Wild Turkey: April 14 thru May 12; Youth Season – April 7-13

Striped Bass (in Roanoke River & Neuse River Mgmt. Areas): thru Apr. 30

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.