HUNTER ED CLASSES
North Carolina hunter education in-person classes: Aug. 7, Bahama Fire Dept., Bahama, 9-3.; Aug. 7, Emmaus Baptist Church, Pittsboro, 9-3; Aug. 8, Cedar Grove Ruritan Club, Cedar Grove, 1-7. Hunter ed classes with range component July 17-18 and Aug. 21-22, Wake Co. Wildlife Club, 1313 Coley Rd., Durham. Classes are free, fill up quickly and pre-registration at register-ed.com is required. Hours are 9-4 Saturday, 1-4 Sunday.
Boat rentals at Lake Michie and Little River in Durham are on a first-come basis at the boathouses. Lakes are open Friday through Monday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lakes charge fees for bank fishing, boating, boat rentals (canoe, kayak, flat bottom boats) and electric motors. Questions? Contact 919-477-3906 for Lake Michie and 919-477-7889 for Little River. There was road construction near LR so call to check if it’s done and no detour needed.
Raleigh’s Lake Wheeler has single kayaks and standup paddle boards (SUPs) for session based rentals, Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day. A Reclink account is required to rent. Create an account at raleighnc.gov.
N.C. OYSTER TRAIL
North Carolina has a birding trail, BBQ trail, fishing tournament trails, lots of hiking trails that encourage tourism, travel and adventure. Now the N,C. Coastal Federation and Sea Grant North Carolina are promoting the N.C. Oyster Trail (ncoysters.org) for ecotourism with shellfish farm tours, restaurants, markets, education, special events. It’s sure to be featured at the N.C. Seafood Festival Oct. 1-3 in Morehead City and the Outer Banks Seafood Festival Oct. 16 at Nags Head and at the Aug. 7 Pelicans Awards at Taste of the Coast in Morehead City.
Stephen Lasher of Bahama and Chad Fara of Durham won the PBC $10,000 Spring Bass Trail Championship at Falls Lake with 5 for 27.61. Big fish was 7.33. The 65 fishers were pre qualified for the final in mid June. James and Jimmy Wall were the series points leaders with 717.
Next event is July 17 Year End Bass Brawl Qualifier #1 at Kerr Lake.There are seven qualifier events for the Oct. 23 championship.
Beginning July 1, intentionally releasing balloons outdoors is illegal in Virginia, with those who violate the new law being subject to a $25-per-balloon fine.
Balloons are among the most frequently found pieces of debris on Virginia’s beaches, with researchers saying it “is of special concern because of its potentially severe impact on seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals.”