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Public hearing set on South Mountain Game Land 10-year plan

Public hearing set on South Mountain plan

Plans for the South Mountain Game Land, popular with outdoor enthusiasts across the Piedmont, are scheduled to be discussed in a public hearing Aug. 25.

The meeting, scheduled by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, is to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 218 S. Sterling St., Morganton.

Development of a management plan for the smaller Johns River Game Land is also on the docket.

The Wildlife Commission is to use input from hunters, anglers and others in looking ahead to user activities at the two game lands over the next 10 years.

The South Mountain area managed by the agency covers 21,647 acres in Burke, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford counties. It’s known for its good populations of white tail deer and wild turkey. Trout fishing also is available, mainly in Jacobs Fork.

Johns River is a tract of 3,893 acres in Burke County.

“We encourage those who have an interest in these lands to attend the meeting,” said Gordon Warburton of the Wildlife Commission. “We hope to hear from not just hunters and fishermen, but also wildlife watchers, photographers, hikers and others.”

Those unable to attend the meeting in Morganton can comment by e-mailing gamelandplan@ncwildlife.org. Observer News Services

S.C. expands dove season

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has increased hunting season for doves across the state from 70 days to 90.

The offer to expand came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which governs hunting for migratory birds across the country.

The dates are Sept. 1-6, Sept. 7-11, Nov. 15-29 and Dec. 13-Jan. 15. During the first segment, starting Labor Day weekend, shooting hours are noon-sunset. They are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset in the other segments.

Although hunting days were expanded, the daily bag limit remains at 15 birds. ONS

Briefly

• Charlottean Wendelle Gray has been added to the honor roll at Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club with 25 straight shattered targets in skeet.

• A free course in deer hunting has been added to the curriculum at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. It is scheduled for Aug. 23 at 9:30 a.m. and will range from beginner basics to tree stand safety to field-dressing a harvested deer. Registration is not required, but is recommended. 910-868-5003 or kris.smith@ncwildlife.org.

• The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will accept comments on no-wake zones in Mountain Island Lake during a public hearing on Aug. 21. The proposal gives commission officers enforcement powers in Neck Cove, Whispering Cove and Gar Creek and create a zone at the Highway 73 Bridge. The meeting is scheduled at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church at 3413 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road at 3 p.m.

Catches of the week

• A 41-pound wahoo off Hatteras by Tucker Haynes of Connelly Springs.

• A 40-pound wahoo off Hatteras Village by Conner McInnis of Rockingham.

• A 43-pound wahoo off Oregon Inlet by Jack Lowe of Hertford.

• A 43 1/2-pound cobia at Oregon Inlet by Adam Miller.

• A sailfish boated and released off Hatteras by Mark Shope of Bolivia.

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