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Outdoors Notebook: S.C. seeking wild turkey survey volunteers

The S.C. Department of Natural recources is seeking volunteers to help in an annual field survey of wild turkeys.

The survey is held each July and August to monitor nesting success of hens and the survival rate of their young. According to SCDNR experts, the latter “has the greatest influence on wild turkey population dynamics.”

This information allows biologists to calculate many factors essential for sound management of the game birds, including average brood size, percentage of hens with and without young, gobbler to hen ratio and the number of turkeys seen. Combined with harvest data, this allows for proper management of the wild turkey population in upcoming hunting seasons.

For additional information, fina the proper recording forms on the DNR website at dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/turkey/volunbroodsurvey.html. Observer News Services

Ban sought on Bladen deer hunts with dogs

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a public hearing for July 8 on a proposal to prohibit using dogs for deer hunting at a site in Bladen County.

It is a 1,700-acre portion of the Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Lands.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Bladen Communityh College Auditorium, 7418 N.C. 41 West in Dublin.

Banning the tradition of driving deer toward hunters on stands in Eastern N.C. is a controversial subject, as proponents of such a proposal last year in Richmond County can attest. That effort wasn’t successful, and some of its backers experienced anonymous acts of retribution. ONS

Trio wins pump shotgun event

Charlotteans Jeff Trull and Galen Heying teamed with Robert Stewart of Monroe to take an annual trap tournament for pump shotguns Saturday at the Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club.

The trio shattered 58 of 60 clay targets thrown in the “protector shoot” at the organization’s range near Waxhaw.

In this type competition, a shooter calls for a target and fires. If the target is missed, then a second member can shoot. And if that shooter misses, the third can take aim to “protect” his teammates.

Finishing second with 56 of 60 were Joanne and David Eggert of Tega Cay and Stirling Hall of Charlotte. Tom Higgins

Catches of the week

• A white marlin boated and released off Hatteras Village by Trent Smith of Mooresville.

• A 42-inch red drum at Hatteras Village by David Johnson of Charlotte.

• A sailfish boated and released off Hatteras Village by Jacob Dreibelas of Statesville.

• King mackerel of 35 and 34 pounds, respectively, off Ocean Isle by local anglers Brant McMullan and Brandson Sauls.

• A 50-pound cobia off Ocean Isle by Stan Gurganas.

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