HOFFMAN — Local children will get the chance to cast out a line on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the 14th annual Greenwing Fishing Event, held by the Richmond County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
“This is a way to get the kids involved and educate them in conservation and introducing them to what Ducks Unlimited is and what the mission is at an early age,” said Michael P. Cauley, a member of the Richmond County chapter. “It’s to introduce them to the outdoors and get them involved in conservation work and helping them learn about the outdoors.”
Cauley said besides fishing, representatives from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Hoffman Fire Department and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will be present. N.C. Wildlife will be there to teach kids about different wildlife species, as well as teach a firearm safety class that will show them how to properly use guns. BB guns will be available for youth to practice with.
Lunch will be served for the event, which is open to all kids age 17 and younger. Registration is $20 and each child must be accompanied by an adult.
In addition to a day of fun and fishing, Greenwing serves as an asset to DU’s country-wide conservation efforts, Cauley said.
“Every dollar we raise from this event goes to our national headquarters in Tennessee, and then Ducks Unlimited takes that money and they invest 83 percent of every dollar back into conservation efforts across the United States,” he added. “Out of every dollar we earn, they take 83 cents towards saving wetlands and rebuilding ecosystems for different species across the United States.”
The event will kick off at 10 a.m. at McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery.
For more information on this event or events for the Richmond County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, contact Cauley at 910-992-7113 or Gary Weyant at 412-606-6889. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ducks.org under NC events.
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