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.
3-D archery tournament
The Soul Hunters Archery Club will host a 3-D archery tournament at their range in Elizabeth City on Saturday, June 8.
Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For directions or additional details, contact Cliff Colson at 252-333-8807. The address of the tournament site is 2453 Peartree Rd., Elizabeth City, NC 27909.
Kids’ fishing events scheduled
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the U.S. Forest Service, are sponsoring 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 eachevent, 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.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to report any sightings of nine-banded armadillos to the agency.
Commission biologists are seeking observations to help them determine the range expansion of armadillos in North Carolina. To participate, volunteers who spot an armadillo in the wild should upload and share their photos on the NC Armadillo project, which has launched on the free online platform iNaturalist. Volunteers can upload their photos via a computer at iNaturalist.org or they can download the free iNaturalist app, which is available for iPhone and Android.
People who want to report observations but do not want to use iNaturalist can send their armadillo observations to email@example.com. The email should include a photo of the animal, when it was observed (date and time), and its location (GPS coordinates are best but detailed location description is acceptable).
Armadillos are native to Central and South America but have gradually expanded their range into the southeastern United States. In 2007, the NCWRC received the first confirmed sighting of a nine-banded armadillo in Macon County and in the last 12 years has received more than 170 reports in46 counties, as far east as Dare County. They are thought to be expanding their range because of warmer winters in this part of the country.