Hunter Education courses
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunter Education course, required of all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Jacksonville Center for Public Safety from 1-7 p.m. and on the same date at the Vanceboro Fire Department from 2-8 p.m.
The course will also be taught on Tuesday, Nov. 19 (plus 2 additional days) from 5:30-9 p.m. at Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston. 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 (www.ncwildlife.org) and click on the scrolling "Hunter Education" banner at the bottom of the home page.
Beaufort boat access reopens
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s boating access off Lennoxville Road in Beaufort has reopened to public use after the completion of upgrades to reduce the amount of stormwater adjacent waterways from the site.
The access was closed earlier in the fall after the Wildlife 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 water to soak into the ground.
Saltwater Fishing Seminar returning to New Bern
The "Saltwater Sportsman" National Seminar Series is returning to New Bern where it enjoyed a capacity and enthusiastic reception in years past.
According to George Poveromo, host of the popular "Saltwater Sportsman" television program, the series will be at the newly reopened Riverfront Convention Center on February 1, 2020 for a full day of fun and fishing instruction by regional and national angling experts.
A minimum of 10 pros will present sessions focusing on some of this region’s most popular game fish such as red drum, flounder, striped bass, king mackerel, tuna, speckled trout, sheepshead and Spanish mackerel.
Proven techniques for landing those fish by trolling, plugging, bait fishing and other methods in a variety of environments will be explained and illustrated using state-of-the-art video presentations.
A $55 ticket to the seminar includes all instructional sessions, chances to win thousands of dollars worth of door prizes and a Florida Keys fishing trip, and much more. In addition, each person who registers for one of the Seminar Series’ 8 east coast events will be entered in a raffle for a rigged out Mako Pro 17 skiff.
For more information or to order tickets, go online to www.nationalseminarseries.com or phone 1-800-448.7360.
Dove (incl. Mourning and White-winged): Nov. 16-30 & Dec. 9 – Jan. 31 Rails (incl. King, Clapper, Virginia & Sora): through Nov. 27
Gallinule; Moorhen: through Nov. 27
Ducks, Coot; Mergansers: Nov. 16 – Dec. 1; Dec. 14 – Jan. 31
Deer (Northeastern; Southeastern management areas): through Jan. 1. Check the NCWRC’s "Hunting and Fishing Regulations Digest" for dates in other areas.
Bear (Coastal Management Unit): through Nov. 17 and Dec. 14-29 in Zone 3 that includes Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Jones, Martin and Washington counties. The open season is Nov. 11 – Jan. 1 in Pamlico, Onslow, Carteret and other counties in Zone 5. Check the NCWRC’s Regulations Digest (p. 61) for open bear seasons statewide.
Quail: Nov. 23 – Feb. 29
Pheasant: Nov. 23 – Feb. 1
Raccoon, Opossum, Rabbit, Grouse, Bobcat, Gray Squirrel: through Feb. 29
Fox Squirrel (statewide): through Jan. 31
Nutria, Coyote; Feral Swine: no closed season
Commercial Hunting Preserves: through March 31