Kayak For Warriors registration open

Runners, kayakers and supporters are invited to register for the 12th annual Kayak For The Warriors.

The three-day event begins May 25 with a 5K and 10K beach run, Warrior reception with live and silent auctions, 3.2-mile kayak and paddle board races and a barbecue lunch benefiting Hope For The Warriors.

Founded at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, that national nonprofit assists veterans, service members and military families through programs including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services. Kayak

for the Warriors has raised over $515.000 since 2008 for Hope For The Warriors and its programs.

The event starts at 8 a.m. May 25 with the 5K and 10K beach runs at the Inn at Pine Knoll Shores, formerly The Clam Digger. Registration for the 5K is $25 and $35 for the 10K, with both including a T-shirt.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is hosting the 30 the annual Warrior Reception on May 30, with silent and live auctions beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and include heavy appetizers and access to the Aquarium’s exhibits.

The kayak and paddle board race is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 1, beginning at Garner Park and moving through Bogue Sound and the Pine Knoll Shores canals.

Registration is $50 for a single kayak and $100 for a tandem. Both include a T-shirt and lunch. The Warrior Trophy is given to the paddler who brings in the most donations for his or her team.

Pre-registration is encouraged for all events at k4tw.org. Onsite registration will also be available. More information is available online at hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.

Stanly and Union county schools take top honors at YHEST

A high school from Stanly County and a middle school from Union County took top honors at the 2019 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament (YHEST) on April 27.

This pre-collegiate competition, held annually at the Lentz Hunter Education Complex in Richmond County, allows youth to showcase outdoor skills and demonstrate safety techniques learned in the N.C. Wildlife Resources

Commission’s Hunter Education program.

For the third straight year, Gray Stone Day School’s Garnet team won the senior division, scoring 3,628 points out of a possible 4,000. Piedmont Middle School’s Blue team won the junior division with an overall score of 3,301.

Approximately 571 students from 60 teams participated in this year’s state tournament. They advanced from their district tournaments, held across the state in March. The teams are made up of individuals from public and private schools, as

well as home-school associations and 4-H Clubs. Jones Senior High School’s Gold team finished in 11 th place while South Lenior took 20th in the senior division. The top three teams from each division are invited to compete in the 2019 Eastern

Regional Tournament to be held in Breeseport, N.Y. in July.

Archery tournament scheduled

The Lenoir County Archers will host a 3-D archery tournament at their range outside Kinston on May 11 with registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information or directions, contact Danny Jones at 252-341-7762.

Small Game Award nomination period extended The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has extended the nomination period for its Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award until May 31. The award recognizes an individual or organization whose actions have significantly and positively impacted North Carolina’s small game populations through habitat management, education, research, the Hunting Heritage Program or other efforts.

These actions also benefit other species, including nongame animals such as songbirds, reptiles and amphibians.

The nomination period was extended due to an incorrect email address listed for nomination submissions. Those who submitted nominations previously should re-submit to stacey.thorp@ncwildlife.org. Or nominations can be mailed to N.C.

Wildlife Resources Commission, Wildlife Management Division, c/o Diedrick Small Game Award, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1722.

Hunter Education course

The Hunter Education course, required for all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered on May 21 plus two additional days at Neuse Sports Shop in Cedar Point from 5:30 to 9 p.m. There is no charge but preregistration is required. For more

information or to sign up, go to the Wildlife Commission’s web site, www.ncwildlife.org and click the scrolling Hunter Education banner at the bottom of the home page.