Hunter Education Course offered
The North Carolina Hunter Education Course, required for all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered at the Maysville Volunteer Fire Department in Maysville, on Sunday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Hunter Education Course is free but pre-registration is required and youth under age 12 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. To sign up or for more information, go online to www.ncwildlife.org and click on the Hunting Education Courses scrolling banner at the bottom of the home page.
Don’t feed the horses
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund has announced their “No Feed, No Approach” initiative to help educate visitors about the dangers of human interaction with the wild herd that lives on the northern Outer Banks.
They are encouraging the public not to feed the horses because it can be harmful, often causing painful colic, and may result in death.
A 10 by 60-foot billboard, erected in the community of Coinjock, states “Admire Don’t Feed! Apples and Carrots Kill Wild Horses.” It is intended to make people aware that wild horses cannot eat any food that is not from their natural habitat of beach grasses. Although that has not been recognized as a problem for the feral horses living on Shackleford Banks because of their relatively isolated location, it should be noted by visitors to that portion of Cape Lookout National Seashore.
Heightened law enforcement continues on N.C. waters
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and its partners will continue an annual program that aims to make traveling on the state’s waters or roads safer this holiday weekend. July 6-8, as part of the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign the Commission’s officers will work along with their land-based counterparts to ensure safe travel on the road and enjoyment on the waters.
In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 is subject to arrest.
“Being charged for boating under the influence of alcohol is a terrible way to spend a holiday weekend,” said Lt. Sam Craft of the NCWRC. “You can easily avoid fines and potential jail time by being safe and designating a driver.”
In addition to avoiding alcohol or drugs, the Wildlife Commission reminds boaters to always use life jackets and be especially diligent at night. After sunset, inland lighting rules apply, and water skiing as well as the operation of personal watercraft is prohibited in state waters.
Wildlife Commission soliciting wild turkey observations
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is seeking the public’s assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer.
Through August 31, wild turkey sightings by volunteers and NCWRC staff will be recorded and submitted to management biologists. They will use the data to develop a profile of annual wild turkey productivity, gobbler carryover and other population trends – all of which help in the management of the state’s turkey population.
To participate, new volunteers can log onto the Wildlife Commission’s website (www.ncwildlife.org) and click on the scrolling banner at the bottom of the home page titled “Submit Survey: Summer Turkey Observation.” They can also contact
Upland Game Bird Biologist Chris Kreh by phone at 336-386-0892 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before the 1970s, wild turkeys were scarce in North Carolina, with only about 2,000 birds statewide. Today, there are more than 265,000 birds from the mountains to the coast, and wild turkeys are one of North Carolina’s most popular game animals. Annual turkey harvest summaries and other information are available on the NCWRC’s web site.