The Ashe County Wildlife Club wants to remind all hunters of all ages that National Hunting and Fishing Day is set for Sept. 28.
That is a bit early for hunting season in the North Carolina mountains (with exception of bow hunting, which started Sept. 7), but the Ashe County Wildlife Club wants potential hunters and fishermen to know that they have a local club to hone their skills.
“Muzzle loading season starts Nov. 9 and rifle season starts Nov. 23 in the mountains,” said E.T. Weaver, President of the Ashe County Wildlife Club. “We want hunters who have not yet joined the club to know that we sponsor Hunters for the Hungry each winter so hunters can donate freshly harvested deer to selected meat processors so the processed meat can go to needy families. This program only applies to deer legally taken by hunters. Our members also raise money from churches and local residents to help pay for the processing of that meat. We will be sending out more info on that program as those seasons get closer.”
The Wildlife Club has a fishing pond on its property that is now managed by the N.C. Wildlife Commission.
The Commission estimates that there are more than 29,000 jobs in North Carolina that are created by hunting and fishing.
The Ashe County Wildlife Club manages a rifle and pistol range, plus trap, skeet and sporting clays fields. Membership is $100 per year ($125 for new members). Meetings are the third Mondays of the month at Smoky Mountain Barbecue in West Jefferson.