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Outdoors roundup

Weigh in on wildlife rule changes

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is proposing a slate of rule changes related to wildlife management, inland fisheries and game lands, with an online public hearing planned for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. 

Members of the public can sign up to attend the hearing and offer public comment. Written comments are also being accepted through Monday, Feb. 1. 

Submit comments online or mail them to Rule-Making Coordinator, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1700. For more information, including a full list of proposed rules, a comment submission portal and a link to register for the online hearing, visit


Time to talk pollinators

Learn about native pollinator biology and conservation with a webinar scheduled for noon Thursday, Jan. 21. 

Hosted by the N.C. Wildlife Federation, the session will feature Gabriela Garrison of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. In 2017, Garrison helped form the N.C. Pollinator Conservation Alliance, a partnership of more than 25 conservation agencies and organizations that works to promote pollinator and habitat conservation across the state. 

Free. Register at


Science programming offered for students

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard is now offering virtual education programs for students in public, private and homeschool. 

The free programs are tied to the N.C. Essential Standards for Science curriculum and led by an education specialist from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. 

Class dates and times are flexible to meet classroom needs. To schedule a program, educators can contact 828.877.4423.


Learn the basics of home butchery

Get a crash course on butchery during a class offered online 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. 

Ross Flynn of Left Bank Butchery and N.C. Choices’ Lee Menius will walk participants through a live demonstration. The two-hour training is geared toward home consumers and novice meat cutters with little to no meat cutting experience interested in breaking down a carcass in their home kitchen. 

The class will include proper safety and handling, home set-up and tools, and a step-by-step breakdown of a pig carcass into its most basic cuts for consumers to safely store and eat. The basics of grinding and sausage making, cutting tips for what to do when you’ve lost your way, and practical storing and wrapping will also be covered. Nomenclature will be compared across species, so this demonstration is not just limited to hog producers.

Free through N.C. Cooperative Extension of Madison County. Register at


Enter a fishy art contest

The 2021 State-Fish Art Contest is now open and accepting entries. 

The award-winning Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest connects young people to fish, fishing and aquatic conservation through art, writing and science. To enter, contestants create an original illustration of any species from the Official Fish List and a one-page writing entry. 

Entries are due postmarked by March 31 each year. For details on contest rules, entry forms and to view past winners, visit


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