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Hunters to get voice in N.C. deer herd management plans

Lou Mintzer, left, and guide Van Hubbard with a 45-inch snook Mooresville angler Mintzer caught on a recent trip to Florida. Mintzer and fishing buddy Tom Phelan of Davidson also caught many more snook and a Goliath grouper estimated at 400 pounds.
Lou Mintzer, left, and guide Van Hubbard with a 45-inch snook Mooresville angler Mintzer caught on a recent trip to Florida. Mintzer and fishing buddy Tom Phelan of Davidson also caught many more snook and a Goliath grouper estimated at 400 pounds. Photo courtesy Lou Mintzer

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission plans to give deer hunters a say in the planning of future herd management practices.

The agency has scheduled nine public forums across the state this month for discussions – one in each of the wildlife districts.

Three of these are set in Piedmont and foothills counties, first at Norwood on June 10 for District 6, then at Morganton on June 24 (District 8) and Elkin on June 25 (District 7).

South Stanly High is the site at Norwood, Municipal Auditorium at Morganton and Elkin High at Elkin. Each meeting is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.

“White-tailed deer are the most popular hunted species in North Carolina, with more than 200,000 hunters taking part annually,” said Brad Howard, a wildlife biologist with the commission. “The forums are excellent opportunities for hunters to learn about deer in their respective parts of the state. We want deer hunters to discuss deer management issues as we plan for the future.” Observer News Services

Big Rock blue marlin tournament opens Monday

The 57th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament opens Monday at Morehead City and continues through June 13.

It is considered among the biggest, richest billfish competitions in the country, with prize money possible in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Boat owners and skippers from all along the East Coast bring sleek craft to the Carteret County sportfishing port to take part.

There are seven levels of entry for billfishing. The fee to compete in all seven is $19,000.

The Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament at Johns Island, S.C., is Thursday through Sunday. It is the second of four events comprising the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfish Series. Two later tournaments in the series are set to be fished out of Charleston. Tom Higgins

Catches of the week

▪  A 37-pound, 14-ounce king mackerel at Oak Island Pier by Troy Harwell of Kannapolis.

▪  A king mackerel of 25 pounds, 4 ounces at Oak Island by Rusty Wilson of Asheboro.

▪  A 3-pound, 14-ounce flounder at Oak Island Pier by Mike Kiker of Monroe.

▪  A limit of eight walleye at Fontana Lake by Hubert Cable of Tuskeegee, including a 23-incher. The others averaged about 19 inches.

▪  A 46-inch red drum in Pamlico Sound near Hatteras Village by David Ertie of Hatteras.

▪  White marlin boated and released off Georgetown, S.C., by parties trolling from the Miss Wy, the Callisto and Painkiller. They also caught 47 large dolphin between them.

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