In keeping with tradition, North Carolina’s dove hunting season will open Sept. 5, the month’s first Saturday.
Hunting will be conducted during two segments, Sept. 5-Oct. 10 and Nov. 23-Jan. 15. Shooting hours, including opening day, are a half hour before sunrise until sunset with a daily bag limit of 15 birds. For a period of years shooting couldn’t begin until noon on the first day.
South Carolina’s dove hunting dates and regulations are pending.
The statewide N.C. Canada goose season is Sept. 1-30, with special regulations implemented this year for hunting west of U.S. 17. Shooting hours have been expanded to a half-hour after sunset; unplugged shotguns may be used; and hunters can employ electronic calls, once a major no-no.
The daily bag limit on Canada geese is 15. Observer News Services
New fishing pier available at Salisbury park
Anglers in the Salisbury/Rowan County area have a new pier that makes it easier to fish at the lake in Dan Nicholas Park.
The pier extends 60 feet into the 10-acre pond and its T-shaped end spans 48 feet. High and low handrails make it more accessible for children and those in wheelchairs.
The structure was built jointly by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Rowan County Parks and Recreation Department.
Anglers fishing at the park can catch and release largemouth bass and a variety of sunfish. They’re allowed to keep up to six catfish per day and there is no minimum size limit. The wildlife agency annually stocks the lake with channel catfish.
There is a $1.50 daily fishing fee for Rowan residents. Non residents pay $2.50. Those 60 and over fish for free.
The 425-acre park is located 8 miles southeast of Salisbury at 6800 Bringle Ferry Road. For toll free information phone 866-767-2757. ONS
- Hannah Ball didn’t catch a single fish in the N.C. portion of a contest for youngsters during National Fishing and Boating Week earlier in the summer. But the 12-year-old from Deep Run is the big winner. Her name was drawn from among all participants in 30 events across the state for a lifetime unified sportsman license valued at $680. It covers all state license requirements for both hunting and fishing. In a second drawing, Faith Duncan, 10, of Madison won a $250 comprehensive inland fishing license for her lifetime.
- Operation North State needs more volunteer boaters for its Top Shelf fishing rodeo for Wounded Warriors at Lake Jordan on Oct. 3. “Right now we only have 14 guides committed,” said Terry Snyder of Winston-Salem, the program’s founder. “We’re going to need about four times that many. We have a waiting list of disabled veterans hoping to take part.” Contact Snyder at email@example.com.
Catches of the week
- A 66.56-pound blue catfish at Lake Norman by guide Mac Byrum of Denver, N.C., while on a personal fishing trip.
- Five striped bass averaging about 6 pounds, 20 spotted bass and 30 white perch by brothers Rick and Hank LaValley of Toledo, Ohio, while fishing at Lake Norman with Mooresville guide David Clubb.
- A blue marlin boated and released off Georgetown, S.C., by Peter Irussi while trolling from the Big Sky.
- A 5 1/4-pound Spanish Mackerel at Oak Island Pier by young T.J. Farrington of High Point.
- A sailfish boated and released off Hatteras Village by Dennis Lyons of Hickory. Lyons also caught and kept a 4.5-pound black seabass.
- Sailfish boated and released off Hatteras Village by Trace Perkinson of Raleigh and Catherine Holthan of Frisco.