Vanceboro DU Annual Membership Banquet


The Vanceboro chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual membership banquet on Friday, Feb. 7 beginning at 6 p.m.


The event, which will be at Woolard’s Equipment Center at 1903 Hwy. 43 N in Vanceboro, will feature a catered dinner, raffles, a silent auction, a live auction, a variety of games and lots of fun.


Collectible DU merchandise, guns, outdoor gear, artwork and much more will be available. All proceeds will benefit DU’s conservation and management efforts in North Carolina and critical waterfowl breeding areas.


Tickets are $60 for singles, $75 for couples, and $20 for youth age 17 and under. In addition $250 Bronze Sponsor tickets are available.


For information or tickets, contact Don Hughes at 252-637-8701 or go online to www.ducks.org/north-carolina/events.


National Seminar Series coming to New Bern


The 33rd annual Saltwater National Seminar Series is coming to New Bern, at the Riverfront Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 1.


The one-day event will feature regional and nationally-known fishing guides who will give presentations on topics such as: tricks that take more and bigger red drum; cutting-edge tactics for trophy king mackerel; sure fire cobia techniques; where and how to catch fish


in the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound; and much more.


A $55 ticket will include five hours of fishing instruction as well as chances to win thousands of dollars of door prizes. All participants will be eligible to win a Florida Keys fishing trip as well as a chance on a fully rigged Mako Pro 17 skiff.


Headlining the Seminar Series will be George Poveromo, host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” on the Discovery Channel.


Tickets are available online at www.nationalseminarseries.com or by phone at 1-800-448-7360.


Hunter Education course


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunter Education course, required for all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered Sunday, Jan. 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at River Park North in Greenville.


There is no charge for the course 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.


Hunting Seasons


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


Ducks, Coot; Mergansers: through Jan. 31


Tundra Swans (by permit only): through Jan. 31


Brant: through Jan. 31


Canada Geese (Resident Population Zone): through Feb. 8


Light Geese (incl. snow geese & Ross’s geese: through Feb. 8


Quail: through Feb. 29


Woodcock: through 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