Outdoors: Deer hunting seminars planned

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Quality Deer Management Association are offering seven deer hunting seminars across the state in September.

The free seminars, which will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m., are designed for new and experienced hunters. Topics will include deer biology, hunting methods and equipment, as well as field care of deer, processing and easy-to-follow recipes. Pre-registration is required, and participants must register online.

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The white-tailed deer is the most popular big game animal in North Carolina. The state supports about 1 million of the animals. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A question-and-answer session, along with a brief overview of hunter R3 (recruitment, retention and re-activation) initiatives, will conclude each seminar. In our area, the seminar will be held September 13 at the N.C. State University Engineering Building II in Classroom 1025 at 890 Oval Dr., Raleigh. The GPS coordinates are 35.772173, -78.674353.

“The expanding, statewide seminar series is an effort to increase awareness of wildlife-associated recreational opportunities, help the NCWRC better understand barriers to participation and continually improve the seminar series through attendee feedback,” said Walter “Deet” James, the commission’s hunting heritage biologist.

This is the second year in a row the commission has partnered with QDMA on the deer hunting seminars – and the partnership is one of many ways the nonprofit conservation organization works to ensure the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and hunting heritage.

“Part of QDMA’s mission is to ensure the future of hunting,” said Rick Counts, QDMA regional director. “To reach the hunting public, we participate in educational seminars, conduct field days and hold fundraisers throughout the year.”

To learn more about QDMA initiatives and activities, visit www.qdma.com/events.

For more information on the seminars, contact James at 919-707-0059 or walter.james@ncwildlife.org. Visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting and click on the “What to Hunt” link for information about deer and deer hunting in North Carolina.

Bass Tournament Results

The Cashion Fishing Rods End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail Qualifier No. 4 at Kerr Lake on August 20 had a good turnout with 32 boats, but the fishing was slow. Just one limit was weighed in.

Only 35 bass were brought to the scales for a total of 77 pounds and an average fish weight of 2.20 pounds. Most fish were caught on Carolina Caraway Creek worm rigs, Texas rigs, drop shots, WLS Shake Heads and Bass Alarm jigs.

Bryan Welch and Mark Inman, both of Greensboro, got on a pattern and caught five bass weighing 13.37 pounds to take first place overall. They also took first place in the Big Fish contest (3.49 pounds) and first place in the Tournament within the Tournament. Their total winnings for the day reached $1,964.

The rest of the results:

Second place: Vinston Nettles of Pittsboro and Jimmie Spencer of Asheboro, four bass, 7.15 pounds, $539
Third place: Jason Kopp of Greensboro& Dan Jenkins of Burlington, three bass, 6.46, $384
Fourth place: Buster Seabolt of Dunn and Scott Mooneyham of Fayetteville, three bass, 5.86, $281
Fifth place: Todd Sumner of Southern Pines and Mike Dinterman of Oxford, three bass, 5.76, $230
Sixth place: William Small of Wake Forest and Lee Williams of Durham, two bass, 5.45, $205
Information on tournaments can be found at piedmontbassclassics.com.

— Mike Zlotnicki • September 2016