The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28 with special events and an urgent message to get more people involved in the outdoors.
The Commission is hosting four family-oriented events and assisting three others that highlight our state’s extraordinary hunting and fishing heritage that has supported remarkable conservation efforts through the years. Through interactive activities and demonstrations, participants can connect with nature and learn outdoor skills.
Some of the activities, which vary for each event, include:
- Fishing, with bait and tackle provided.
- Shooting archery and pellet rifles with qualified instructors.
- Observing live animals, such as reptiles, amphibians and raptors.
- Cooking over a campfire — and tasting the results.
- Learning about North Carolina’s hunting and fishing heritage.
Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed Sept. 28 as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina. National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate conservation successes of hunters and anglers. In addition to providing healthy lifestyles and maintaining conservation efforts, hunting and fishing activities support upwards of 29,000 jobs in North Carolina.
“This is a perfect opportunity to increase awareness of hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-related skills, and to highlight the important role that hunters and anglers have played in conserving our natural resources,” said Margaret Martin, the Commission’s field outreach manager and the state’s National Hunting and Fishing Day coordinator. “Day-in, day-out, the Wildlife Commission takes active steps to involve people in hunting, fishing and wildlife-watching. National Hunting and Fishing Day is a fun way to honor the contributions of the many conservationists who hunt and fish.”
This year’s regional schedule:
Piedmont: Lake Wheeler Park, 6404 Laker Wheeler Road, Raleigh, coordinated by the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call 919-707-0205.
Coast: Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education at the Currituck Heritage Park, 1160 Village Lane, Corolla, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call 252-453-0221.
Coastal Plain: John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, 7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call 910-868-5003.
Mountains: Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, 1401 Fish Hatchery Road, Pisgah Forest near Brevard, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call 828-877-4423.
Commission staff and volunteers will assist at three events coordinated by our conservation partners:
National Wild Turkey Federation, Tar River Chapter‘s 11th Annual Jakes Day at Rose Hill Farm, 3815 Rose Hill Lane, Nashville, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, call 252-442-0858.
Ducks Unlimited, Greenwing Event at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, 615 South Knotts Island Road, beginning at 8 a.m. with $25 pre-registration required. For more information, call 252-619-0575.
Roanoke-Chowan Wildlife Club, Hunting and Fishing Day, 126 Hare’s Mill Road, Winton, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call 252-794-3316 or 252-724-0707.