Outdoor Notes

RAMP RENOVATIONS

Holleman’s Landing boating access closed Jan. 2 for renovations by N.C. Wildlife Resources. The Wake County boat ramp area on Bartley-Holleman’s Road in Holly Springs provides access to Shearon Harris Lake.

After the renovations are complete, the site will have two new double lane ramps with floating docks and a handicap-accessible fishing pier. The site also will have 95 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers and 22 vehicle-only spaces, including six ADA-compliant spaces. The WRC plans to reopen the access area in the spring.

The nearest alternative boating access is Cross Point Landing at 233 Cross Point Rd. in New Hill.

SUNDAY BIRD HUNTING

What do you think about allowing migratory bird hunting on Sunday? Currently Sunday hunting for migratory birds, including waterfowl, is prohibited. The NCWRC wants to get your opinion.

The Commission hired an independent research firm, Responsive Management, to conduct a statewide study on attitudes toward hunting migratory birds on Sunday and develop a report outlining its social and economic impacts. The General Assembly requires that the Commission complete a research study on the biological, economic, and social impacts of hunting birds on Sunday no later than March 1, 2018.

If you didn’t attend one of the four regional meetings (nearest one was in Graham last month, announced only 5 days in advance), a virtual town hall was held on-line, visit the “What do you think about allowing migratory bird hunting on Sunday?” www.ncwildlife.org/blog or ncmigratorybirds.org for more information. Deadline was mid January.

INDOOR SHOWS
Jan. 19-20, Piedmont Racing Expo & Auction, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, fees.
Jan. 26-28, 2nd Carolina Outdoor Expo, Greenville Convention Center, fees.
Feb. 2-4, Raleigh Convention Center Boat Show, fees.
Feb. 23-25, Central Carolina Boat & Fishing Expo, Greensboro Special Events Center, fees.
March 2-4, Dixie Deer Classic, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, fees.
March 16-18, 10th Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, Crown Arena, Fayetteville, fees.
March 24, Outdoorsman’s Bonanza, Albemarle, fees.

LAND ACQUISITION

Eno River Association acquired 41.6 acres from the Hobgood family in Orange County off Highland Farm Road north of Hillsborough near the association’s Confluence Natural Area and the headwaters of the Eno River. The two beautiful tracts are for the protection of the river before it heads to Falls Lake 33 miles to the southeast.

FIRST DAY JORDAN HIKE

Jordan Lake had a total of 45 hikers (30 in the afternoon, 15 in the morning) plus a few dogs for First Day hikes on a cold day to start the year.

DUCK HUNTERS RESCUED

Three duck hunters were rescued Jan 1 from Beaver Creek in Apex where their boat was stranded by ice. They used duck calls to help emergency crews locate them, about 1.5m offshore. Earlier, emergency workers responding to call for assistance could not find them.

The hunters had only one paddle and it broke when they used it to break up ice in the creek. The ice later refroze and they were unable to return to shore. The hunters, who did not want to be identified, were checked by paramedics for hypothermia and released, wildlife officers said in a wral.com news report.