N.C. events for National Hunting and Fishing Day
Through interactive activities and demonstrations, participants can connect with nature and test their outdoor skills. Some of the activities, which vary for each event, include:
Fishing with bait and tackle provided, shooting a bow and arrow and pellet guns with a qualified instructor, seeing live animals, such as reptiles, amphibians and raptors, outdoor cooking over a fire and tasting the results, and learning about North Carolina’s hunting heritage.
The Wildlife Commission, in conjunction with conservation partners such as the N.C. Wildlife Federation, Wake County Wildlife Club, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, N.C. Bowhunters Association, and others, will hold free National Hunting and Fishing Day events at its four education centers:
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, located at 1160 Village Lane, on Highway 12 in Corolla. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. scheduled events allow participants to learn fishing and archery skills, tour the exhibit gallery and explore the hunting and fishing heritage of Currituck Sound. Fish-for-Fun bags will be given all participants. For more information contact Kelly Ondek at 252-453-0221.
Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, located at 1751 Varsity Drive on the N.C. State University Centennial Campus in Raleigh. The center will have special Saturday hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a falconry presentation with live raptors, snakes and other reptile exhibits, a mountain man demonstration and fishing at nearby Lake Raleigh. For more information, contact Beth Gunn at 919-707-0205.
John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, located at 7489 Raeford Road in Fayetteville. The event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with more than 15 hands-on, interactive exhibits and demonstrations, including kayaking, fishing and identifying aquatic insects, and seeing live mammals, frogs, turtles and snakes. For more information, contact Kristopher Smith at 910-868-5003, ext. 14.
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located at 1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest near Brevard. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. hands-on, interactive exhibits and demonstrations include fishing, outdoor cooking, archery and pellet rifle range. For more information, contact Lee Sherrill at 828-877-4423.
The Wildlife Commission is supporting four other National Hunting and Fishing Day in events:
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, located at N.C. Route 615, Knotts Island. This Greenwing event from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. is limited to the first 250 participants, ages 4 to 14. For $25, each participant receives a rod-and-reel combo, bait, a T-shirt, a Fish-for-Fun bag and a Greenwing membership. For more information, contact Sharon Meade at 252-619-0575.
Roanoke-Chowan Wildlife Club
McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery, located at 220 McKinney Lake Road, Hoffman. A Greenwing Fishing Event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to youth ages 17 and younger. For $20, each participant will receive a fishing rod and reel with tackle, a Greenwing membership, which includes a youth magazine subscription four times a year, and lunch. For more information, contact Tommy Leak at 910-331-3135.
Rose Hill Farm
For more information about these events, visit www.ncwildlife.org/nhfd.
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