Hunter Education courses


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunter Education course, required of all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered Monday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m. (plus 1 additional day) at the Chocowinity Fire Department, and on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Lenoir Community College in Snow Hill from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. (plus 1 additional day).


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.


Bald Head Woods Reserve reopens


After being closed to hazards caused by Hurricane Dorian, the Bald Head Woods Reserve on Bald Head Island in Brunswick County has reopened to visitors.


All 10 North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve sites are now open after the storm.


According to the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, visitors should exercise caution when visiting any Reserve sites and be aware that potentially hazardous conditions may still exist in some spots.


In addition, visitors should refrain from disturbing grounded vessels that have been documented on several sites to protect personal safety and respect vessel owners’ personal property while removal efforts are underway.


The North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve protect natural areas for education, research and compatible recreation. Since their creation in1989, the program has preserved more than 44,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites along the coast.


In shore Institute Fishing School


What is promised to be a “bigger and better” Inshore Institute Fishing School is scheduled for February 8, 2020 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.


The refurbished venue offers large breakout rooms for classes on things such as knot tying and tackle rigging, as well as a large main stage for presentations by some of the top fishing guides from this region and other parts of the country.


Topics will include Inshore Fly Fishing, Speckled Trout Migration, How to Catch Giant Redfish, and much more.


The one-day event will kick off at 7 a.m. with a light breakfast and conclude at 5:30 p.m. A $100 ticket will include a catered lunch, all presentations and classes, and chances to win over $10,000 in products and fishing trip giveaways. For tickets, phone 252-745-0708 Mon.-Thur. from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. – Sat. 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.


They are also available at Neuse River Bait and Tackle on Hwy. 55E in Grantsboro.


New Bodie Island hunt blind to open


A new blind for hunters with limited mobility will be open at Cape Hatteras National Seashore starting Dec. 14.


The site will be available for wildlife viewing by the general public beginning April 1. It is located about two miles north of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. Waterfowl hunting season dates and information on reserving the blind can be found on the Seashore’s waterfowl hunting webpage.


Hunting Seasons


Dove (incl. Mourning and White-winged): thru Nov. 30; Dec. 9 – Jan. 31 Ducks, Coot; Mergansers: thru Dec. 2; 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): Dec. 14-29 in Zone 3 of the Coastal Bear Management Unit that includes Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Jones, Martin and Washington counties. The season is open through 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: through Feb. 29


Pheasant: through 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