The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 27, 2012

NCWRC schedules September Outdoors-Woman program events

Rick Goines

TARBORO — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will offer two special outdoor skills sessions for women in September through its Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. (BOW) Registration is open to women ages 18 and older, on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a fee to cover costs of materials and accommodations. Partial scholarships are available.

On Sept. 8-9, an overnight outdoors skills session will be held at Fort Hamby

campground on W. Kerr Scott Lake, located in the Yadkin River Valley, near North Wilkesboro.

In the mountains, this two-day workshop will help participants master skills and gain confidence in archery, basic fishing, tracking and wildlife identification. Saturday lunch and Sunday continental breakfast will be provided. Participants should bring their own tent and sleeping gear. Fort Hamby campground has grills and potable water, and restaurants are nearby. A $50 fee covers overnight camping, instruction, session materials and two meals.

On Sept. 15, another outdoors skills session will be held at Lake Townsend, a

Greensboro Parks & Recreation area. This one-day workshop will help women master skills and gain confidence in archery, aquatic wildlife identification, basic fishing, and motorboat skills. Snacks and water will be furnished. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Cost is $25 per attendee, with all equipment provided.

BOW annually provides safe, expert instruction in a variety of outdoor skills, including fishing, hunter safety, target shooting, archery, canoeing, motorboat safety, outdoor cooking, tracking and map-and-compass.

This is an excellent program to get the ladies involved in North Carolina outdoors activities in a

variety of locations across the state. For more information on these upcoming events around our state, gift certificates, and scholarship opportunities, contact BB Gillen at (919) 218-3638, or online at

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It’s always nice to hear from local folks that have relocated, changed fishing gears a little, and continued their passion for the sport of fishing. Fishing is always a good

common dominator that keeps people connected wherever they may be. Tom Hoard is a 1969 Tarboro High School graduate, currently residing in Wilmington. Tom is an avid fisherman that normally targets the inland variety of scaly critters in and around Wilmington’s many fine, productive waterways.

On a recent offshore trip with his neighbor, Jared Cyr, aboard his boat, “Pescavorious,” Tom helped catch a dozen nice dolphin (the fish, not “Flipper” the porpoise). They also enjoyed the thrill of a sailfish hook-up for about 30-seconds, until said fish decided he didn’t want to play the game by their rules. All this action took place offshore of Frying Pan Tower.

Tom said they got a little “beat up” on the boat ride back in, and he was quickly reminded why he doesn’t do more offshore fishing.

Tom Hoard is one of our regular Tight Lines readers and contributors. Thanks for the input, and please continue to keep us in the loop.

Care to share? Tight Lines appreciates your success stories and “fishy” snaps. Keep’em coming to

See you on the water, my friend!