Hunter Education courses


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunter Education course, required


of all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Fire Department in Vanceboro from 2-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Neuse Sport Shop in Cedar Point from 5:30 – 9 p.m. (plus 2 additional days).


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.


Decoy Festival on tap


The 32nd Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7


and Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Harkers Island Elementary School.


The show will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and feature a variety of events, including decoy carving competition, youth archery, the N.C. Wildlife Commission’s Safari Trailer, decoy


auctions, retriever demonstrations, exhibits, and much more. Sunday will be Youth


Day at the festival with free admission for all youngsters, door prizes, Youth Head


Carving Competition and other age-appropriate activities.


Admission is $8. Proceeds from the event benefit the Core Sound Decoy


Carvers’ Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School.


DU Banquet


The Jones County chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host their annual


membership banquet on Friday, Dec. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. The event will feature a


catered dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles, games and a lot of fun. All


proceeds will go to support DU’s wildlife conservation programs. Tickets


($45/singles, $60/couples, $25/youth under 18) include a year’s membership in


Ducks Unlimited. For information, contact Kyle Koonce at 252-560-3784 or Nick


Norris at 252-637-0872.


Hunting Seasons


Dove (incl. Mourning and White-winged): Dec. 9 – Jan. 31


Ducks, Coot; Mergansers: 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


Woodcock: Dec. 7 – Jan. 28


Pheasant: through Feb. 1


Common Snipe: through Feb. 28


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