Outdoor Journal

Is that a lunker in your pocket? For fishing fellowship, you could do considerably worse than the Pigeon Valley Bassmasters, a group that believes that no one should be alone when discussing the latest developments in bass-fishing technology. The group holds its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the new Canton Library in Canton. For more information, call 884-2846.

In good company: The Carolina Mountain Club is offering two hikes in celebration of National Trails Day, which is Saturday, June 2. Both will depart from the Cataloochee area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; one is an easy five-mile hike and the other, a more challenging 13-mile trek.

Nonmembers should call Jean Gard (777-1814) to reserve a spot on the moderate hike, or Danny Bernstein (236-0192) for the longer hike. The group will carpool to the trailhead from Asheville.

Leave Bambi be: Sure, fawns are irresistible, what with their dappled flanks and slender legs and all. But the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission says leave them alone – meaning don’t touch them or attempt to lure them into your Subaru.

Whitetails are a “hider” species, meaning fawns rely on concealment to keep them safe while mama feeds nearby, returning between bites of clover to check in.

Usually, the fawn you’ve stumbled upon is just lying low. If you’ve got questions, or are certain that you’ve found an injured fawn, call the commission at (919) 707-0040 for the phone number of a local permitted fawn rehabilitator.

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