Wildlife Commission Hosts Family-Friendly Events Celebrating Wildlife Conservation

By / Fishing / Tuesday, 15 September 2015 04:00

To celebrate North Carolina’s rich hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation heritage, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting or supporting seven family-friendly events across the state on Sept. 26.
The events, part of National Hunting and Fishing Day 2015, will be open to the public free of charge, with the exception of two Greenwing fishing events. Each event will feature a variety of hands-on, outdoor-related activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Activities and exhibits will vary from event to event, but all will provide opportunities for participants to connect with nature while improving outdoor skills in fishing, kayaking, archery, air rifle shooting, fly-casting, identifying aquatic insects, outdoor cooking, arrowhead making and much more.
Other activities include retrieving demonstrations by sporting dogs, live reptile and amphibian exhibits and live birds of prey exhibits.
Event locations and times are:
* John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. The Wildlife Expo, which is free, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The N.C. Wildlife Federation is giving away a lifetime sportsman license in a random drawing at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Tom Carpenter, center director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or call 910-858-5003, ext. 15.
* Lake Wheeler in Raleigh. Coordinated by the Commission’s Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, this free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A drawing will be held at 1 p.m. for fishing and hunting-related prizes donated by the Wake County Wildlife Club. For more information, contact Justin Mercer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 919-707-0207.
* McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery in Hoffman. The event, sponsored by the Richmond County chapter of Ducks Unlimited, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $20, each participant will receive a rod-and-reel combo, hat, a T-shirt, duck call, and a Greenwing membership, which includes a 1-year subscription to Jakes magazine. For more information, contact Michael Cauley at 910-992-7113.
* Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest, near Brevard. This free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Lee Sherrill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 828-877-4423.
* Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla. The free event begins at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Sharon Meade at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 252-453-0221, ext. 1.
Two additional events where Commission staff and volunteers will assist are:
 * Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge at Knotts Island. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A $25 fee per participant includes a rod-and-reel combo, bait, a T-shirt, Fish-for-Fun bags and a Greenwing membership. For more information, call 252-619-0575.
* Rose Hill Farms in Nashville. The Tar River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting its 12th Annual Jakes Day. The free event begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call 252-442-0858.
National Hunting Fishing Day occurs every fourth Saturday in September and is a nationwide grassroots effort that promotes outdoor sports and wildlife conservation. Visit the Commission’s National Hunting and Fishing Day page for more information on events, including activities, demonstration and exhibits.

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