Outdoor Journal

Get your fly on: The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education will emphasize aquatic conservation and fly-fishing as a part of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Throughout the day, there will be fly-tying and fly-casting demonstrations, an award-winning documentary on our mountains’ natural history and wildlife diversity, and a variety of exhibits (live fish, frogs, salamanders and snakes!).

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., staff will offer an introduction to fly-fishing course: equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic entomology. Please pre-register: The seminar is limited to eight participants, ages 12 and up.

For more information on the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, visit www.ncwildlife.org. Or call Emilie Johnson at 877-4423.

Huntin’ and fishin’ money: People in North Carolina spend more than $1.7 billion annually on their recreational hunting and fishing activities. “Spending by sportsmen supports a wide range of businesses while benefiting wildlife conservation and habitat protection,” said Walter “Deet” James, North Carolina’s Hunting Heritage Biologist.

Hunting and fishing directly support 29,000 jobs and provide $818 million worth of paychecks around the state, according to a report titled “Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy—A force as big as all outdoors.”

For more info hunting and fishing opportunities in North Carolina—and a free download of the Wildlife Commission’s own report (“The Economic Benefits of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Watching in North Carolina”)—go to www.ncwildlife.org. For more info on National Hunting and Fishing Day, go to http://www.nhfd.org/.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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