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Outdoors Notebook for 08.07.14

Special youth deer hunts set at Mountain Island

Three deer hunts limited to youths age 12-15 have been scheduled for the Piedmont and foothills areas by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Included is a hunt Oct. 18 at the Mountain Island Educational State Forest in Gaston and Lincoln counties.

The application deadline for it – and the other two outings – is Sept. 1.

Facilitated hunts also are planned Oct. 4 at Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station in Stokes County and Nov. 8 at Warrior’s Creek on the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkes County.

Applicants who are selected in a computer drawing must be accompanied on the hunt by a licensed adult of at least 18. The adult will not be allowed to take a deer.

“All participants are provided guidance and assistance,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “They’re typically successful during these hunts.”

For further information, contact Gillen at bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org or phone 919-218-3638. To apply, log onto ncwildlife.org or call 888-248-6834. There is a $5 non-refundable administrative fee for each application. Observer News Services

‘Rascal’ wins title in S.C. billfishing series

Consistency scored for angling parties aboard the boat “Rascal” in the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series this summer.

Despite winning none of the five tournaments held along the state’s coast, the Rascal anglers accumulated enough points – 3,875 – to prevail over an elite field. The scoring system is 600 points for blue marlin, 300 for white marlin and 200 for sailfish.

The championship boat is co-owned by Norman Pulliam of Spartanburg and Foster McKissick of Greenville, S.C. Its skipper is Mark Rogers of Pawley’s Island.

Only one blue marlin was boated and brought to the dock in the series that included tournaments based at Murrells Inlet, Georgetown, Edisto Island and Charleston. It was a fish weighing 448.2 pounds, caught off Georgetown by a fisherman aboard the “Sportin’ Life,” skippered by Mike Glaesner of Charleston. ONS

Catches Of The Week

• A 26 ½-inch red drum by Perry McLean, 7, of Albemarle while fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway at Ocean Isle. He was baiting with a minnow he caught himself by throwing a cast net.

• A largemouth bass of 6 pounds at Lake Lee in Union County by Tommy Streater of Monroe. He also caught two largemouth of 4 ½ pounds and two of 3 pounds.

• A blue marlin boated and released by Curtis Owens of Dallas, N.C., while trolling from the Carolina Girl off Hatteras Village.

• A sailfish boated and released off Hatteras Village by Carmin Wingeler of Huntersville while fishing from the Godspeed.

• A sailfish boated and released off Hatteras Village by Carey Harrell and a 52-pound wahoo by Debra Harrell. Both are from Elk Park and were fishing from Hatteras Fever.

• A 47-inch red drum by boat at Ocracoke Island by Andy Todd.

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