Outdoor Journal

Carcass, shmarcass?: The N.C. Wildlife Commission is reminding us that proper disposal of deer and other game carcasses is a vital last step to any hunting trip—and also helps avoid acts that could be considered at least unsightly and, at worst, illegal.

“Recent reports of illegally discarded deer carcasses give a negative image of hunting and hunters,” warns Capt. Chris Huebner, a wildlife-enforcement officer and the state’s hunting-safety coordinator. Dumping deer bits along a highway right of way or without permission on private property is considered littering and is punishable by fines up to $1,000. Moreover, it’s stinky and it scares children and old widows.

“Don’t think a carcass will just be taken care of,” Huebner says. To learn more about proper deer disposal, visit www.ncwildlife.org or dial (919) 707-0030.

Stay connected: The Asheville Area Boating Beta (www.boating beta.com) page is a great resource for local paddlers, but it doesn’t maintain itself magically.

If you’d like to help sponsor the site, consider becoming a data contributor, financial donor or prize donor. To find out more, send Chris Bell (webmaster@boatingbeta.com) a message.

They get paid to do the wild thing: Earth School in Tryon is hosting a 10-day winter Survival Advanced Wilderness Living Skills course from Jan. 18 to 27.

The course promises to “teach you the mysteries of the natural world.” Participants will “learn how to live comfortably in the outdoors, expand and awaken your senses and connect with nature using the lost knowledge and skills of our ancestors.”

Tuition is $1195. Visit www.lovetheearth.com or call 395-1758 for more information. Look for the whole Earth School story in an upcoming edition of Mountain Xpress.

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