Boating Education Course offered

In North Carolina, persons born on or after January 1, 1988 must complete a NASBLA-approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater on public waterways.

The course is free but pre-registration is required. It will be offered at the Craven County Cooperative Extension Office in New Bern on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5-9 p.m. For more information or to sign up, go online to and click on the scrolling “Boating Education Courses” tab at the bottom of the home page.

Youth Deer Hunting Day

Saturday, Sept. 28 has been designated a Youth Deer Hunting Day for 2019.

On that day, youth age 17 and younger may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either sex and are not required to be accompanied by an adult if they have completed a hunter education course. The Youth Deer Hunting Day provisions

apply to both private and public lands.

Hunters age 18 and older with a valid hunting license may use only the weapon that is legal for the type of season open in their county on this day. In the Northeastern and Southeastern Deer Management Areas, those hunters may use

archery or blackpowder weapons. All hunters must wear blaze orange on Sept. 28, even if using archery equipment. The use of dogs for deer hunting is allowed on Youth Deer Hunting Day in areas where it is lawful.

Hunter Education courses

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunter Education course, required of all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered at the Jacksonville Center for Public Safety from 1-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 and at the Vanceboro Fire Department

from 2-8 p.m. on the same date.

There is no charge for any of the sessions but preregistration is required. For more information or to sign up, go to the Wildlife Commission’s web site ( and click on the scrolling “Hunter Education” banner at the bottom of the home page.

Hunting Seasons

Dove (incl. Mourning and White-winged): through Oct. 5; Nov. 16-30; Dec. 9 – Jan. 31

Rails (incl. King, Clapper, Virginia; Sora): through Nov. 27

Gallinule; Moorhen: through Nov. 27

September Teal Season (Blue-wing, Green-wing; Cinnamon): through Sept. 30 east of U.S. Hwy. 17 only September Canada Goose Season: through Sept. 30 west of U.S. Hwy. 17 only Ducks, Coot; Mergansers: Oct. 2-5; Nov. 16 – Dec. 1; Dec. 14 – Jan. 31  

Deer (archery): through Sept. 27 in the Northeastern; Southeastern management areas. Check the NCWRC’s Hunting and Fishing Regulations Digest for dates in other areas.

Nutria, Coyote; Feral Swine: no closed season

Commercial Hunting Preserves: Oct. 1 – March 31

Surf Fishing Tournament

The 2019 Hatteras Island Surf Fishing Challenge will be held Sept. 27-29 in and around the communities of Rodanthe, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

Surf fishermen will compete for cash prizes up to $1,000 for the largest bluefish, sea mullet, Spanish mackerel and pompano. In addition, there will be a Calcutta competition for slot red drum and special competitions for Junior, Senior and Lady

anglers. For more information, phone 910-452-6378 or go online to

Beaufort Boat Access Closed

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s boating access off Lennoxville Road in Beaufort is temporarily closed while improvements are made to the parking lot and surrounding area to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff from the site.

The commission partnered with the N.C. Coastal Federation and the town of Beaufort to replace the compacted gravel parking spaces with pervious paving grids to allow the water to soak into the ground. The Ecoraster grids are

manufactured in Canada using recycled plastic waste. The drive aisles will also be paved as part of the project, but most of the runoff will flow into the permeable parking stalls, reducing the volume of polluted runoff reaching Taylor Creek. The

project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.