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Outdoors roundup: Two youngsters bag their first deer

Two Rowan County youngsters bagged their first deer this past hunting season.
Harrison Shell, 6, of China Grove, shot his first deer on Dec. 29 while hunting with his father, Kenneth, in western Rowan County.
Alex Nash, a third-grader at Salisbury Academy, shot an 8- point buck at Lakewood Plantation in Nesmith, S.C.
He was hunting with his father, Justin Nash.
The deer had an 18-inch spread and weighed 180 pounds.
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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has named Tim Gestwicki its new executive director.
He nearly two decades of experience advocating for wildlife conservation in North Carolina, and takes the helm of the organization at a time when economic and environmental challenges are reshaping the face of the region’s conservation movement.
“These are challenging times for the state and nation, so on behalf of our tens of thousands of members, supporters, affiliates, and chapters I pledge that the North Carolina Wildlife Federation will work tirelessly to conserve our natural resources now and for future generations,” Gestwicki said. “I’ve learned that every acre matters and that every supporter makes a difference, so I am honored to lead this 64-year-old conservation organization into a modern era of connecting people to the wildlife and habitat we protect.”
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation advocates for wildlife habitat, wildlife-related recreation, and environmental issues. It has offices in Raleigh and Charlotte. For more information, contact the Federation at 919-833-1923 and 704-332-5696 or visit www.ncwf.org.
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Dates set for the Fishers of Men tournaments for this year are:
Belews Creek, Feb. 21, Carolina Marina; Rocky Directors Challenge, March 7, Lake Norman (state championship Blythe Landing/Bass Pro-Shops); Lake Wylie, March 21, Southpoint; Lake Norman, April 18, McCrary Creek; Badin Lake, May 16; High Rock Lake, June 13, Tamarac; National Championships, March 23-28, Red River.
The Legacy adult /junior schedule is Lake Norman, April 25; Hickory, May 9 and High Rock, June 6.
Contact Mike Sides of Rockwell at 704-239-4097 for more information or visit www.fompiedmont.com.

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