Through its Home From The Hunt™ campaign, the Commission offers tips year-round reminding hunters to take precaution to ensure a safe and successful day in the field. Other archery-hunting tips from the Home From The Hunt™ campaign are: Never carry a bow with a nocked arrow; Never “dry-fire” a bow (releasing without an arrow can cause sudden breakage); Load a crossbow only when in a fixed hunting position; Keep fingers and thumb below the rail of a crossbow at all times. Let’s stay safe out there.
Currently, we have three hunting seasons open. The first split of the dove season continues through October 10th. I talked to a friend who said birds are still coming in to the fields at Sandy Mush, although not in the numbers we saw opening weekend. I’m guessing the recent cold front pushed some local birds out of the area and maybe some migratory birds are starting to appear. Resident goose season continues through September 30th. I’ve only been out a couple of times with no success. Still don’t know what’s going on with geese, but I’m not seeing the same number of birds as last year. I’ll continue to go though. As mentioned, archery deer season is open and runs through September 27th when Blackpowder season starts.
Speaking of dates, the Asheville Rifle and Pistol Club is bringing back its very popular sight in days. This year there will be two dates, November 14 and 21, both Saturdays. The range will open at 9 a.m. each day and there will be a $5 charge per rifle sighted in. Rifles will be checked at the gate to insure they are unloaded (sounds silly but believe me it happens). A bore sight bench will be manned to assist shooters in bore sighting the rifle prior to shooting. Range safety officers will be provided by the club. Shooting will end at 4:30 p.m. on both dates. The range is located on Sandy Springs Road off NC 191, Brevard Road, just past the Parkway intersection.
Let me throw some more dates at you, those for Hunter Safety training required before purchasing a state hunting license. The next ones in our area both are on October 5 – 6. One is at Skyland Fire Department in Arden and the other is in Clyde at Haywood Community College. Classes start at 6 p.m. for both nights. After that your next opportunity will be October 28 – 29 at the Agriculture Extension Office in Marshall.
This Saturday, September 26th, is National Hunting and Fishing Day. There will be outdoor activities throughout the country and in our local area events will begin at 10 a.m. at the Pisgah Wildlife Education Center near Brevard. It’s a great day of activity and would be a wonderful way to introduce young people to our hunting and fishing interests.
And so the anglers don’t feel underserved, we are just around the corner to when Delayed Harvest waters revert back from Hatchery Supported on October 1st. This is a date a lot of anglers look forward to as the Commission starts to stock Delayed Harvest waters for the winter season. Also, the Commission has tested trout at all of its Hatcheries and found no evidence of Whirling Disease found on the Wautauga River this summer.
There is another historic importance to the October 1 date. For the first time in nearly 150 years hunters will be able to use firearms on Sunday starting October 1st. There are some restrictions that hunters need to be familiar with that are listed in the new regulation digest. If you plan on hunting Sundays we strongly encourage you to read those regulations to insure you are in compliance with the law. The only hunters affected by this initially will be those enjoying blackpowder deer season. This is the time of year we’ve been waiting on. Enjoy the hunt!