Events Planned for Pisgah Wildlife Center

May 25, 2016 Asheville , Don Mallicoat , Hendersonville , News Stories 1828 Views
Events Planned for Pisgah Wildlife Center

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Here are some coming up soon. Other courses are offered and can be found at the Commission website. June 6 and June 18 – Nature Nuts: Fishing from 9 to 11 a.m. Open to participants ages 4-7. Join Pisgah Center staff for a fun-filled morning taking a hayride to a local lake and going fishing. All equipment is provided.

June 3 –Kids’ Introduction to Fly Fishing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to participants ages 8-13. Learn the basics of fly fishing, such as equipment, knots and casting. Finish the workshop by spending a couple of hours fishing the Davidson River. All materials are provided. Participants should bring a lunch.

June 4 –  Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to female participants 12 and up. Learn the basics of fly fishing, such as equipment, knots and casting. Finish the workshop by spending a couple of hours fishing the Davidson River. All materials are provided. Participants should bring a lunch.

June 6 – Eco-Explorers: Stream Investigation from 1 to 3 p.m. Open to participants ages 8– 13. Spend the afternoon with Pisgah Center staff exploring the Davidson River in search of aquatic macro invertebrates. Based on findings, participants determine the river’s water quality and learn how aquatic organisms play an important role in the ecosystem and to mountain trout. Snorkels and masks are available so participants should come prepared to get wet. Swimwear and a towel are recommended.

June 7 – Introduction to Fly Fishing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to participants 12 and up. Learn the basics of fly fishing, such as equipment, knots and casting. Finish the workshop by spending a couple of hours fishing the Davidson River. All materials are provided. Participants should bring a lunch.

On June 4 the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations. From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. on June 4, delayed-harvest trout waters are open only to anglers 15 years old and younger. At noon, waters open to all anglers. Delayed-harvest waters will stay open under hatchery-supported regulations through Sept. 30. During this time, anglers can keep up to seven trout per day with no bait restrictions and no minimum size limits.

This year, Commission staff will stock 370,000 trout in waters designated as delayed harvest to provide anglers with better opportunities to catch fish, according to David Deaton, the Commission’s fish production supervisor.

Delayed-harvest trout waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs. The Commission established the youth-only fishing period in the morning of “opening day,” which is always the first Saturday in June, to promote trout fishing among young anglers and to provide special opportunities for young anglers to catch and keep fish.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot the NC Sporting Clays Championship at DeWitt’s Outdoors in Ellerbe, NC. I had no illusions when attending that I would walk away with a trophy. There were nearly 200 shooters there. What I did walk away with was an appreciation for what it takes to be really competitive in the shooting sports. The target presentations were challenging to put it mildly. I am not even prepared to shoot at that level. As an analogy, it’s like skiing on the bunny slope your entire life and then taking the lift to the Black Diamond course at the top of the mountain.

That’s not to say it wasn’t a good experience. It was definitely humbling. I think my fundamentals of body position and gun mount are there. I just need to get into a set pre-shot routine and get my mental game together. I let the target presentations get to me. After the first station I was mentally defeated and my scores showed it. That was the first day. My score went up the second day but nothing near what I normally shoot. I encourage anyone who shoots to take in a competitive shoot, even if it is local. You will learn a lot. I know I did. What’s the old saying, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger?” My sporting clays game should be stronger because of my experience.

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