Outdoor Briefs

Nov. 08, 2012 @ 02:01 PM

Snow Delays Trout Stocking

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has rescheduled trout stockings in Spring Creek from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8 due to snow and ice accumulation on Madison County roads. Spring Creek is classified as delayed-harvest trout water.

Other scheduled trout stockings are not being affected.


Youth Deer Hunt Available

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a special youth-only deer hunting opportunity on Dec. 8 near New Bern. The hunt is limited to 15 youth, between 12 and 16 years old, on a first-come, first-served basis with pre-registration required.

All hunting will take place at the Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center on U.S. 17 between Vanceboro and New Bern.

To be eligible, participants must have completed a hunter education course successfully. During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult is not allowed to hunt and does not need a permit. Both the youth and accompanying adult must attend an orientation session on Dec. 1.

“Guidance and assistance is provided every step of the way,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator who will lead the hunt. “Youth and adults always have fun — and typically are successful — at these events.”

The cost is $5 per youth hunter and the deadline to purchase a permit is close of business, Nov. 30. Permits can be purchased at any Wildlife Service Agent location or by calling 1-888-248-6834.

For more information on this youth hunt, contact BB Gillen at bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org or 919- 218-3638.


The states crow season is now open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Designated delayed harvest trout waters have now reverted back to the single hook artificial lure status.  Some of these streams include portions of Jacobs Fork in Burke County, Wilson Creek in Caldwell County, Curtis Creek, Mill Creek and the Catawba River adjacent to the Marion Greenway in McDowell County, East Prong of Roaring River, Stone Mountain Creek and Reddies Creek all in Wilkes County.

The states dove season is now closed.

In the states Western Zone, the archery season is now open through November 17.

Deer hunters should keep in mind that Sunday hunting on private lands is allowed for deer and other wildlife provided that the Sunday occurs during the normal season dates for that species of wildlife.  This would mean that the season for archery hunting of deer would be closed on Sunday prior to the opening of the regular gun season. 

The muzzleloader season for deer is now open in the Northwestern Deer Zone.  In the Central Deer Zone, the muzzleloader season is open through November 9, with the regular gun season opening on November 10.  In the Eastern Deer Zone, the season is open for all lawful weapons through January 1.

(Some game lands hunting in these areas may be different so check the current regulations digest for more specific information)


Hunting Safety Courses

Hunter Safety Certification is required for all first time license buyers and first time hunters.  The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is offering the following courses:

Burke County: December 26, 27 and 28.  All three dates required.

Catawba County: November 10.  This is a one day course.

Mecklenburg County: November 10 and 11.  Both dates required.

Union County: November 21.  This is a one day class.

Those interested can find out more information and register for the course through the NCWRC website at:



The Hickory Outdoor Show

The Hickory Outdoor Show will be held at the Hickory Metro Center on February 22, 23 and 24.  Admission is $7.00.  Many vendors, outdoor displays and activities planned.  Special shooting ranges available.  For vendor information call Bennie Riddle at 828-284-2109.