The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 23, 2012

State offers holiday hunting reminders


CNHI News Service

Friday, November 23, 2012 — RALEIGH – The holiday season is a time for traditions, including hunting trips for gathered family and friends, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission through its Home From The Hunt™ campaign urges everyone to prioritize the safety aspects of an outing.

“Time off from work and time with family and friends make the holidays a wonderful time for hunting,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter safety coordinator with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

“But in the excitement of a holiday hunt, don’t overlook the safety aspect. Communicate with your fellow hunters and stress the importance of everyone being careful.”

Casper advises:

Go back to basics –  review hunter education training and equipment instructions.

Know the rules – read all applicable regulations before going afield.

Identify the target – remain cautious and be absolutely sure before firing.

Inspect all equipment –  repair or replace equipment, as needed, before use.

The Wildlife Commission reminds North Carolina’s military personnel coming home for the holidays that they can hunt and fish – in both fresh and coastal waters – without obtaining a license as long as they meet certain criteria.

In North Carolina, all first-time hunting license buyers must successfully complete a Hunter Education Course, offered free across the state.

Go to www.ncwildlife.org to consult the online version of the 2012-2013 N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest or call 919-707-0031 for more information.