See photos from the Tobacco Road Fishing Tournament involving teams from local colleges and universities. Staff photos by Robert Willett
See photos of the volunteers and participants at the Warriors on the Water bass tournament at Jordan Lake on Friday, April 17, 2009.
See photos from the "Women on Target" clinic that teaches women to shoot and safely handle firearms. Staff photos by John Rottet.
Mike Zlotnicki, our outdoors editor, and Javier Serna, who covers preps and also knows everything about the woods and the water, have launched a new blog called Outdoors Now. Here's how they describe what you'll find: "We'll have breaking news, outdoors briefs, tournament results, field reports and general musings."
And pictures. Like the one of N.C. State senior Chris Wood holding two very large fish that he pulled out of Lake Wheeler recently.
Take a video tour of the Dixie Deer Classic with Outdoors Editor Mike Zlotnicki in a video produced by Chris Douglas and Kenneth Chesson.
Second-best story in The N&O today, by my reckoning, is the tale of the Raleigh woman who caught and released a possible world-record black drum (that's a fish) last month.
Gwen Frazier caught the 100-plus pound leviathan before Thanksgiving at Topsail Island. After posing for a picture, she slipped it back into the sea with no regrets. "It was a very, very cool fish," she told Outdoors Editor Mike Zlotnicki.
Her sportswomanship prompted a lively debate on the N&O's website about the "release" part of "catch and release." Some hardy meat anglers scoffed - "kill for food, not sport" - while others condemned the "catch" part - "That hurts, even for fish. Their mouths are very sensitive."
Myself, I'm with Ms. Frazier. As one old salt put it, a 100-pound fish is going to be tough meat anyway. (Best story, by the way: The concluding story in the series on the state's rickety criminal probation system.)
Looking for something to do Friday or Saturday? I'll be backpacking the Falls Lake Trail for a series we're writing about the Mountains to Sea Trail and would love some company. I'll be starting Friday morning at 10 a.m. from the Falls Lake/MST trail access off Baptist Road north of N.C. 98. We'll be hiking all day, down to the Shinleaf Campground off New Light Road. Saturday, we'll leave Shinleaf at 9 a.m. and hike to the dam.
At this point, I don't know where we'll be when. But I will have my cell (812-8450). If you think you might like to hook up with us, give me a call and I can let you know where we are. So far, I plan to hike all day Friday with avid MST volunteer Chris Underhill, then spend the day Saturday with Arthur Kelley, who is in the process of mapping the MST, and Kate Dixon, executive director of the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail, and volunteer extrodinaire Margaret Lillard.
Hope to see you out there.