CCA Banquet scheduled
The Neuse River Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will
host their annual membership banquet on Thursday, March 7 at the New Bern
Shrine Club on South Glenburnie Road in New Bern. The gala event, which will
begin at 6 p.m., will feature live and silent auctions, raffles, games, a gourmet
dinner and lots of fun. Tickets ($70/ individuals; $100/couples) include a year’s
membership in the CCA. All proceeds will go to preserving and enhancing our
state’s coastal resources and our recreational fishing heritage. For information or
tickets, contact Donald Willis at 252-670-3853 or Rex Willis, III at 252-670-9881.
Turkey Hunting Seminars Coming Up
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey
Federation are offering free turkey hunting seminars across the state during March.
The seminars, which will be held from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., are open on a first-come,
first-served basis and participants 16 years old and younger will need parental
permission to register. Pre-registration is required and participants must register
online at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Skills-Based-Seminars.
Topics will include biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and
ammo selection, turkey processing and cooking techniques, and much more. One
of the seminars will be at the Craven County Extension Center in New Bern on
March 5. Another is scheduled for March 6 at the Onslow County Extension
Center in Jacksonville.
Hunter Education courses
The Hunter Education course, required by the N.C. Wildlife Resources
Commission for all hunters age 16 and up, will be offered on Saturday, March 2 at
Goose Creek State Park off Hwy 264 east of Washington, and on March 17 at the
Maysville Volunteer Fire Department in Maysville. Both courses will be from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m.To sign up or get more information, go online to www.ncwildlife.org
and click on the scrolling Hunter Education banner at the bottom of the home page.
Anglers are reminded of herring regulations
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding anglers that they cannot
harvest or possess blueback herring and alewife, collectively known as “river
herring,” greater than 6 inches in length while boating on or fishing in inland
fishing waters of coastal rivers and their tributaries. The regulation, which went
into effect Aug. 1, 2013, applies to all river herring, regardless of origin, in inland
fishing waters of the Roanoke, Tar, Neuse, Cape Fear, Waccamaw and Pee Dee
rivers and their tributaries up to the first impoundment of the main course of the river, the Lumber River, including Drowning Creek, and all other inland fishing
waters east of I-95.
Raccoon, opossum, gray and red squirrel – thru Feb. 28
Note: Fox squirrels are legal game in only select counties. Check the NCWRC
Regulations Digest, p.72
Grouse – thru Feb. 28
Rabbit and Quail –thru Feb. 28
Bobcat – thru Feb. 28
Crow – Wed., Fri. and Sat. thru Feb. 28
Coyote, groundhog, nutria, armadillo and feral hogs – no closed season
Controlled Hunting Preserves – thru Mar. 31
Striped Bass (Cent.-Southern Mgmt. Area) – thru Apr. 30