Hunter Education course

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunter Education course, required for all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered on June 9 at the Maysville Volunteer Fire Department from 9 a.m. to 4 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 on the scrolling Hunter Education banner at the bottom of the home page.

Wildlife Commission urges boating safety

In response to a stark increase in boating-related fatalities in 2018, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) urges all North Carolinians to practice safe habits while on the water this summer. A total of 35 people lost their lives due

to boating accidents last year, the highest number of vessel-related fatalities since 1990. Twenty-nine of the victims were not wearing life vests.

“Life jackets should be put on before you enter the boat,” said Maj. Ben Meyer.

“Accidents happen fast and there may not be time, even for the strongest swimmers, to put one on in the event of an emergency. Wearing a life jacket can mean the difference between a tragedy and a fun day on the water.”

With warmer weather on the horizon and boating season ramping up, the Commission offers these tips to help boaters remain safe on the water:

- Appoint a designated driver for the boat. Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol is illegal. It makes it difficult to drive safely, see objects in the water and ensure the safety of those on board.

- Assign an adult “Water Watcher” to actively supervise the children in or around the water at all times. A Water Watcher’s role is to focus on watching the water without the distractions of activities, such as socializing, texting, fishing, drinking and reading. Young children and people who are not strong swimmers should always be kept within arm’s reach.

- Only swim in designated areas. Swimming in open water can lead to increased risk as you are less visible to boaters. Avoid diving in areas that are unfamiliar as there may be hidden boulders, stumps and pilings.

- Throw, don’t go. Be prepared to throw a floatation device or use a pole or tree branch to reach someone struggling in the water. Never jump in to save someone, because you could be pulled under too.

- Attend a Boater Safety Course. Any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 must complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators-approved boating education course before operating a vessel propelled by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater. A variety of options, including in-class and online, are available. 

3-D archery tournament

The Beaufort County Archers will host a 3-D archery tournament at their range outside Washington, NC on Saturday, May 25.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is off Hwy. 264 east of Washington. For directions or additional details, contact Tim Little at 252-934-8444.

Kids’ fishing events scheduled

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the U.S. Forest Service, will sponsor more than 30 kids’ fishing events across the state in May and early June. The events are being held in support of National Fishing and Boating Week. Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes at each event, including a statewide drawing for a unified lifetime license. The license, donated by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston, includes both fishing and hunting privileges.

The Commission will donate an additional 100 prizes, such as fishing rod and reel combos, towels, playing cards and mini-tackle boxes. A final drawing for the prizes will be conducted at the end of June with a list of winners published on ncwildlife.org in July. Local sponsors may also provide prizes and gifts at fishing events in their areas.

One fishing event will be held on June 8 at Cedar Swamp Pond in the Croatan National Forest near Newport, N.C. from 8 a.m. to noon. No preregistration is required. For directions or information, contact Hugo Cobos at 252-638-5628 x4014. Another fishing event will be held on that same day in Lenoir County at the Neuseway Park and Nature Center in Kinston from 9 a.m. till noon. Bobby Cox at 252-916-7564 can provide more information.

On June 1, a Fun Fishing Day will be held at Orde Pond onboard Camp Lejeune from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Information for that one is available from Emily Gaydos at 910-451-7235 or online at www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/outdoor. Another event is scheduled for June 8 at the Jacksonville Police Training Center with times to be announced. Contact Anna Stanley at 910-347-5332 for directions and details.

Delayed Harvest Trout Waters to open

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will open 34 mountain trout streams and two lakes classified as Delayed Harvest to trout harvest on June 1 through Sept. 30. On the first day, only anglers 17 years old and younger may fish

until noon. After that, waters are open to all fishermen. They may keep up to seven trout per day – with no bait restrictions and no minimum size limits.

The Wildlife Commission stocks Delayed Harvest waters with hatchery-rearedtrout to provide anglers with better opportunities to catch fish. During summer months some of the streams become too warm for trout to survive and reproduce. 

Over 382,000 fish are released each year. The designated waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs.