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On Oct. 23, 1983, the people of this nation and others around the globe watched in disbelief as the news came from Beirut of the tragic bombing and the deaths of 241 U.S. Marines, all from Camp Lejeune. The Beirut Memorial was erected in honor of these military heroes who died trying to uphold peace and freedom. Two hundred and fortyfour Bradford pear trees are planted along Lejeune to represent each of the lives lost in the Beirut bombing and the lives of Marine pilots killed in Grenada. The Beirut Memorial is located off NC 24 (Lejeune Boulevard) at the entrance to Camp Johnson.

Hammocks Beach State Park

Visitors to Hammocks Beach can enjoy surf-fishing, hiking, camping, swimming, picnicking and shelling. Fourteen primitive campsites are available on Bear Island for camping year round. Bear Island, accessible only by ferry, is also one of the most important nesting areas in the state for loggerhead sea turtles. Educational programs on such topics



as the turtles, sea animals, pollution, the island’s history and shells also are presented by park employees.

Onslow County Museum

The Onslow County Museum in Richlands is a public, nonprofit, educational institution whose purpose is to stimulate an interest in and teach about the cultural and natural history of Onslow County and its marine, agricultural and industrial resources and development so that residents of and visitors to the county will be able to gain an understanding and appreciation of its past, present, and future. Art exhibits and a research room are popular draws. For more information, call 910-324-5008.

The Museum of the Marine

The idea for a museum about the U.S. Marines in North and South Carolina started in 1941, the year the bases in the Carolinas began to form. But wartime activities took precedence, and the years went by with little more than archives to mark their contributions. Then, in the 1970s, a single business-sized envelope was received at Camp Lejeune addressed to the “Museum.” The writer sent photographs of himself and the war dog he had trained and taken to war. He assumed that there was a museum. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of Carolinians, Marines and sailors, this long-overdue project is underway. Projected opening is for 2008 in Jacksonville. For

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Beaufort Historic Site

Located in the 100 block of Turner St. in the heart of historic Beaufort by the Sea, the Beaufort Historic Site incorporates fascinating colonial history into daily life. The site features delightful restorations preserved by the Beaufort Historical Association with tours of the 1796 Carteret County Courthouse, 1859 Apothecary Shop and Doctor’s Office, 1732 Rustell House and more. Guided and self-guided tours are a popular pastime. For more information, call 252-728-5225.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout National Seashore is 56-mile stretch of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, running from Ocracoke Inlet to Beaufort Inlet. Three pristine barrier islands make up the national seashore. Accessible only by private boat or ferry, this incredible ribbon of sand hosts unparalleled fishing, shelling and one of North Carolina’s well-known working lighthouses. The undeveloped cape allows for true-to-nature camping, features a renovated lighthouse keeper’s quarters, a boardwalk to the ocean beach, daily ranger programs and facilities in summer. For more information, call 252-728-2250.

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fowling has been a way of life beginning with the Coree Indians and continuing with English settlers to the area. This cultural heritage, which includes the art of decoy making, has enjoyed a rebirth thanks to the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. The museum rotates wonderful collections of decoys by local carvers with carving demonstrations, antique working decoys and decoy painting. Down East collectibles and other handcrafts are available for purchase at the gift shop. Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend is held the first weekend in December each year, a major winter festival. Details, 252.728.1500,

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Fort Macon State Park near Atlantic Beach encompasses 385 acres of beach, dunes and maritime forest. Its focal point is historic Fort Macon, a fivesided brick fortress that saw much action during the Civil

War. Fort Macon was regarrisoned for the Spanish-American War and also for World War II. At the fortress, listen to interesting and informative audio programs in the Commandant’s and Enlisted Men’s Quarters, WWII Barracks and Gunpowder Magazine. Hike the nature trail, fish from rock jetties or stop at the state park’s bathhouse area for the public swimming beach, boardwalk, picnic area and summer-only concessions. Details, 252.726.3775, www. main.php

The History Place

The History Place in downtown Morehead City showcases an interesting collection of Carteret County artifacts. Visitors can visit an Old General Store, an Early School Room, Victorian Parlor, Doctor’s Office and many other notable parts of Carteret County’s past. There are Native American artifacts, vintage clothing, military memorabilia, artwork and glassware. The Jack Spencer Goodwin Library has

more than six thousand publications and an extensive picture file documenting the history of Carteret County. The genealogy materials and the Civil War history collections are especially notable. Details, 252.247.7533,

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Dive into adventure at the new North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Explore shipwrecks without getting wet. Look a 350-pound shark in the eye. Touch a stingray. Watch river otters play.The Aquarium features exhibits depicting North Carolina’s aquatic environments “from the mountains to the sea.” In the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck exhibit, fierce-looking sand tiger sharks up to eight feet in length, schools of fishes and many other creatures glide around a three-quarter-scale replica of a sunken submarine. Other highlights include a 32-foot waterfall, a cypress swamp, lionfish, jellyfish, an octopus and two touch tanks. Regular hours are 9am to 5pm daily. Details, 252.247.4003,

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At the NC Maritime Museum, the rich maritime history of the state is researched, preserved and presented through exhibits, hands-on programs and field trips. The museum at 315 Front Street in Beaufort features exhibits that depict the history of the US Lifesaving Service, NC’s working watercraft and more. Artifacts from Blackbeard the Pirate’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, are on permanent display, raised from the wreckage just off Beaufort Inlet. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center houses a working boat shop and model shop where visitors can watch the restoration and construction of wooden boats and ship models. Details, 252.728.7317, www.

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Croatan National Forest

The Croatan National Forest with headquarters at 141 East Fisher Avenue in New Bern, features coastal and inland swamp habitats. There are hiking trails, boat launches, campgrounds and convenient day-use areas. Significant natural features include pocosin habitat, estuaries and a large number of carnivorous plants. The Civil War’s

Battle of New Berne was fought on a portion of what is now the Croatan National Forest. For an interesting hike, a starting point for a kayak expedition or a camping adventure, the Croatan is an amazing place to explore. Details, 252.638.5628, Croatan/index.html.

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utdoor enthusiasts in Onslow County on North Carolina’s beautiful coastline should consider themselves lucky — they have landed in a fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and paddling paradise. The surrounding counties of Pender, Jones and Carteret all have major holdings of natural areas in Croatan National Forest and Holly Shelter Gamelands. For military personnel and their dependents, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune consists of approximately 157,000 acres of coastal fields, forests and marshes that are available for hunting and fishing on a restricted basis. Anglers take heart in the geographical fact that much of the area is covered in water that just so happens to be teeming with game-fish of both freshwater and saltwater varieties. The upper reaches of tidal waterways like the New River in Onslow County and the White Oak River, which defines the border between Onslow and Carteret counties, host largemouth bass, panfish and catfish. Lakes and ponds, including the popular quarry lakes in Maysville, have the same species and there are 32 acres of freshwater ponds aboard Camp Lejeune that are stocked with bass, bluegill, sunfish and channel catfish. On-base marinas at Courthouse Bay and Gottschalk have boats and fishing gear for hourly or daily rental to give everyone the opportunity to get out on the water. Call 910-450-7386 for rates and availability at Courthouse Bay Marina and 910-451-8307 for Gottschalk Marina. Saltwater starts to influence the lower rivers and provides excellent conditions for speckled sea trout, flounder, red drum and black drum all the way to Bogue Sound, the Intracoastal Waterway and through Bogue, New River and Brown’s inlets. Along the coastline, surf fishermen cast for a wide variety of species like red drum, sea trout, spot, sea mullet, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and pompano. Others take advantage of the area’s long fishing piers to hook king mackerel, cobia, sharks and even tarpon. In North Top-

sail Beach, the Seaview Fishing Pier caters to visiting anglers with daily and seasonal fishing passes and the restaurant will even cook up your catch just moments after you land it. For information, go to In the town of Emerald Isle, the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier offers a chance to take the kids angling for cooperative pinfish and spots as well as a real opportunity at some ocean heavyweights. For information, go to Owners of ocean-worthy craft can head through the inlets and out into Onslow Bay in search of Spanish and king mackerel, bluefish, cobia and even dolphin by trolling near the surface, or drop anchor over one of the natural ledges or numerous artificial reefs and jig for black sea bass, gray trout and flounder. For those looking for an offshore adventure, the warm waters of the Gulf Stream lie some 20-40 miles off the coast. There are many charter fleets running out of Surf City, Swansboro and Morehead City that will take you to the deep to do battle with gi-

ant marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin. To find the right vessel and captain for your party, go to fchartersxnorthcarolina.htm. Hunters will find the area equally blessed with an abundance of furred and feathered game. The public areas in Croatan National Forest and Holly Shelter Gameland offer plenty of white-tailed deer and eastern wild turkeys, small game like squirrels and rabbits and some of the best black bear hunting in the country. Wingshooters will find an abundance of doves early in the season and waterfowl late in the season, as well as woodcock and snipe hunting in some areas. The lower New River is fast-becoming one of the premier hunting areas for diving ducks, especially scaup, in the mid-Atlantic region. Occasionally, giant rafts of scaup numbering into the tens of thousands pile into the lower New River during the months of December and January, offering unbeatable waterfowling when the conditions are just right. On Camp Lejeune, service members with a valid base hunt-

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observe a wide variety of habitats and wildlife. For information on camping and hiking in Croatan National Forest, go to www. It’s a big, beautiful world outside so Just remember to take sunscreen and insect repellent with you and don’t forget to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be home.

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Island from the mainland, with kayaking and canoeing being popular options. Once there, campers may choose one of 14 primitive campsites on a first-come, firstserved basis. Each site is suitable for six people in two tents. There are also two group sites for larger parties available, but the Hammocks Beach staff highly recommend calling ahead to reserve a site before you make the trip and campers must register at the mainland visitors’ center before heading out. Cost for campsites is $10 per day. Amenities on the island include a bath house with restrooms, water and cold, outdoor showers. After the tents are erected and the campsite arranged, visitors have the entire 892-acre island to explore at their leisure. The unspoiled oceanfront beach is considered one of the most beautiful on the entire East Coast. Swimming, sunbathing, surfing and fishing are popular pastimes, along with birdwatching and shell collecting. The island hosts abundant wildlife – perhaps none more interesting than the massive sea turtles which lumber onto the beach during the spring to lay their eggs at night. Park rangers monitor the sea turtle nesting season by patrolling the beach for tracks left by the giant reptiles and locating their buried nests. Loggerhead sea turtles are

the most-common nesting species on bear Island, with females up to 5 feet long coming ashore. The island also sees leatherback and green sea turtles during the nesting season. You don’t have to bring a tent to enjoy the park. Many visitors come for the day, and some of them never leave the mainland. Hammocks Beach State Park maintains trails and a state-of-theart visitors’ center on its 33-acre mainland site. A trip to Bear Island is unlike anything most beach-lovers will ever experience. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but for those who long for the peaceful serenity of sand, surf and sky, there is no place quite like Hammocks Beach State Park. For information, call (910) 326-4881 or visit habe/main.php. A sign marks the beginning of a beautiful hiking trail at Hammocks Beach State Park.


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As the days heats up, countless vacationers flock to the beaches on the Eastern North Carolina coast. For those of us who live here, permanently or temporarily, the long weekends may bring a yearning for a change of scenery. Though the mountains are a few hours away, there is actually a state park within an hour drive that allows for mild hiking and semi-steep inclines. The Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is just over an hour drive from Jacksonville, located in Seven Springs, which is southeast of Goldsboro, N.C. Though the drive does not feature any hills or A father and son try their hand at kayaking and fishing at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park.

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Oaks and dogwoods on a short decent. It is here that hikers can catch glimpses of gnarled tree stumps poking out of stagnant pools of water and tiny fish swimming in the same areas. There are also a few mini waterfalls that provide a soothing background noise for hikers. Along the cliffs a wooden rail generally keeps the hikers on path, but there are gaps so parents with younger children should be mindful. Deeper into the woods, the paths are completely cleared and marked with reflectors, so it is difficult for anyone to get lost. The Galax and Bird trails cover a lot of similar ground, with many narrow wooden foot bridges and partial steps to help pathfinders with inclines. While sunscreen may not be needed for the mostly-shaded trail, bug spray is a must. Currently the trails are covered with carpenter ants that can quickly maneuver their way onto the shoes or paws of any trailblazer, and their bites are less than pleasant. It may be a good idea to call the park in advance to check on the carpenter ant status. Besides hiking, the park has campgrounds, swimming at a man-made lake, boat rentals, kayaking opportunities and fishing. For more information about Cliffs of the Neuse State Park as well as all of the North Carolina State Parks, visit


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n an effort to ensure clean, safe, quality water to our customers, ONWASA chlorinates the water supply at the source. Chlorination is required to prevent bacterial growth in the distribution piping system that brings water to your tap every day. Chlorine levels are checked daily at the treatment plants and in areas of the distribution system. The average chlorine levels in ONWASA’s system is 80 mg/l. We also check for other constituents of your water such as iron, hardness, and fluoride to ensure optimum levels are kept at the source and throughout the system. ONWASA samples 100 separate locations throughout the system for bacteriological contamination every month. Although lead and copper are not found in ONWASA’s source water we sample 100 targeted homes throughout the system every 6 months to ensure optimal corrosion control is met. Disinfection By-Products are sampled every quarter. Other sampling performed on a less frequent schedule according to the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Public Water Supply Section are: yearly Nitrate and Nitrite samples, Pesticides and Synthetic Organic Chemicals and Volatile Organic Chemicals every three years all from the source water. ONWASA also issues Boil Water Advisories for areas which have experienced water interruptions or lowered water


pressures due to a leaking waterline or routine maintenance. It is during these times of no pressure that debris and contamination can be introduced into the distribution system. Once sampling has been performed and it is determined there has been no contamination these advisories are lifted. These advisories are sent to the news media, including the newspapers, local TV channels, and radio stations as well as being posted on the ONWASA website. When a larger area has water interruptions, an automated call will be sent out to customers alerting them of the precautionary water advisory. ONWASA also takes steps in the distribution system such as yearly inspections and cleaning of the elevated water tanks, routine flushing in areas known to have dead end lines where less than quality water can accumulate, and daily visits to all the remote water treatment sites. ONWASA retains a highly motivated, educated and dedicated staff certified in their field of expertise to oversee these operations. ONWASA also relies on you our customer to inform us when you have a water quality issue. Although we take every precaution, upsets and circumstances can cause water quality issues which are more aesthetic than health related. From the source to the tap, ONWASA is there to ensure you are provided the cleanest, safest water supply for your family.

Preserving our Most Precious Natural Resources

From the tap to your home, conditions in the home plumbing system can affect the water’s quality. It is up to the customer to help protect water quality by maintaining the homes’ pipes and faucets. Some ways to make sure you maintain good water quality in your home are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Clean faucets and aerators regularly Clean and disinfect sinks and drains regularly Keep drains clear and unclogged Use cold water for drinking and preparing food Replace old plumbing and install certified “lead free” fixtures Flush cold water taps after household plumbing work or when the water hasn’t been used for several days


Drain and flush your hot water heater annually 8. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the water heater, filters, treatment devices, softeners and any other products attached to the water system 9. Do not connect hoses or other devices intended for non-drinking purposes to household drinking water faucets 10. Keep hazardous chemicals and unsanitary materials away from drinking water faucets


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he rifles have long been oiled and put up for the year, the hunter orange cleaned and closeted, tree stands taken down and stored away. Deer season couldn’t seem farther away, yet these spring days are just the time to start preparing for the fall. If you haven’t already started scouting, there’s no time like the present. Deer sign, especially buck sign, is easiest to find when the dense foliage of summer is still weeks away and the scrapes and rubs of last year’s rut haven’t faded into the spring season of renewal. In areas where it doesn’t interfere with the spring turkey season, scouting for deer may include searching for shed antlers, locating scrape and rub lines, mapping travel corridors and discovering bedding areas. Male deer grow a new and improved set of antlers for every breeding season – just in time to impress the does and fight off rival bucks. From late January through March, bucks drop their antlers from the previous rut. These “shed” antlers provide earlyseason scouts with several bits of important information: the presence of a buck in the area that survived the most-recent hunting season, an assessment of the rack he’ll be carrying in the fall, and an idea of the trails he uses to get around. Continued on page 28

Bucks scrape their antlers on small trees and saplings to mark their territory. If you can find one that looks like this, plan on hunting there as soon as possible.


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wildflower hikes, in season. Haywood County has the highest average elevation of any county east of the Rockies. Come to Western Carolina’s center of hospitality and chose which mountains to climb, roads to travel and trails to hike. Go to our web site www.hike-bike-ride-smokies.

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Choosing the ideal tree for your stand could make or break your hunting season. Scrapes and rubs offer sportsmen-sleuths further insight into the habits of the bucks that utilize the areas they hunt. Starting in early September, male deer carve out their areas of influence by scent-marking the ground (scrapes) and small trees (rubs). Scrapes are platter-sized spots where bucks use their front hooves to clear away the leaf litter and expose bare earth on which they urinate. These locations are often used by several resident and roving bucks and serve as “message boards,” where males and females can assess the competition and potential suitors. Similarly, bucks use their antlers to rub the bark from small trees and saplings, leaving both visual and olfactory proof to other deer of their presence. Hunters who find scrapes and rubs can be sure the areas will be used again during the next breeding season and plan their ambush locations accordingly. With much of the forest understory foliage still in its infancy, well-worn deer trails are easily found. Trails are perhaps the most-concrete evidence that deer are in the area and show their preferred travel routes as they move between bedding and feeding areas. If you can find a heavily-used deer trail in conjunction with a scrape or rub line, you have the makings of a buck honey hole. Finally, with the hunting sea-

son so far off, the traditional taboo against entering bedding areas can be put on hold. Push into the thickest, best-protected places in your hunting territory and get a real sense for how many deer are using them during the middle of the day. Hunters who set up too close to bedding areas during the season risk disrupting the daily routine of the deer. Now is the time to find them and link them with preferred feeding areas. A tree stand set midway between a bedding area and a place deer like to feed is like money in the bank. Best of all, spring deer scouting doesn’t have to be a single-minded pursuit. It can be combined with hiking with the family, walking the dog and turkey hunting. The sooner you start, the better your odds come fall. Finding shed antlers in the spring is a sure sign of a buck living in the vicinity.

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The following is a brief guide to ethics, safety, and pricing for hunting and other outdoor activities on base. For full information, contact Camp Lejeune Game Warden (910) 451-5226.


• Roadways, gates, ramps, or any access route will not be blocked. Parking and leaving any motor vehicle or conveyance in a manner that impedes law enforcement or emergency vehicles are unlawful. • Intentional disruption, interference, intrusion, harassment, or foiling the success of other hunters is prohibited. • Locations for skinning and processing the meat of harvested wild animals and birds should be carefully selected, especially in Base housing areas, so as not to offend children or the non-hunting public. • Hunters should park their vehicles in a location and manner that enables search and rescue personnel to easily find the vehicle at night. • Persons producing litter or refuse in the field will remove it from hunting areas. • No persons will hunt while consuming, using, or under the influence of any intoxicating beverage and/or legal or illegal drugs. • Consuming alcoholic beverage within eight hours prior to the use of firearms is prohibited. • Shooting at signs or other government property is prohibited. • It is recommended that anyone hunting from an elevated position utilize a safety harness.


• Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun. • Watch that muzzle; carry your gun safely; keep safety on until ready to shoot. • Unload guns when not in use; take down or have action open; guns should be carried in cases to shooting areas. • Be sure barrel is clear of obstructions and that you have ammunition only of the proper size for the gun you carry. • Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger; know identifying features of game you hunt. • Never point a gun at anything you do not want to shoot; avoid all horseplay. • Never climb a tree, cross a fence, or jump a ditch with a loaded gun; never pull a gun toward you by the muzzle. • Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or water; at target practice be sure your backstop is adequate. • Store guns and ammunition separately beyond reach of children. • Avoid alcoholic beverages before or during shooting.


Camp Lejeune Game Warden Regulations & Permit Pricing


• Seasonal Combination Hunting and Fishing Permits for military personnel (active duty and retired), civilian employees, dependents, reservists, sponsored civilian guests, or civilians participating in the CIDH. Expires 1 year from date issued. $20 • Daily Hunting and/or Fishing Permits for military personnel (active duty and retired), civilian employees, dependents civilians with a military or civilian employee sponsor or civilians when participating in the CIDH. Valid for one day as noted on permit. $5 • Seasonal Hunting Permits for Military personnel (active duty and retired), civilian employees, dependents, civilians with a military or civilian employee sponsor, or civilians participating in the CIDH. Expires 1 year from date issued $15 • Seasonal Fishing Permits for Military personnel (active duty and retired), civilian employees, dependents and civilians with a military or civilian employee sponsor. Expires 1 year from date issued. $10 • Minor Dependents' Hunting Permits: dependents age 13 to 16 of military personnel (including retired) and of civilian employees. Expires 1 year from date issued. No charge. • Trapping Permits: Military personnel (including retired) and their dependents and civilian employees and their dependents. Expires 1 year from date issued. $25 • Seasonal Wood Collection Permit for military personnel (active duty and retired), civilian employees, civilians with a military or civilian employee sponsor and dependents over the age of 18. Expires 1 year from date issued. $10 • Seasonal Boat Launch Permit for military personnel (active duty and retired), civilian employees, civilians with a military or civilian employee sponsor and dependents. Expires 1 year from date issued. No charge.




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A painbtaller puts an opponent in his sights on the town course at Sportsman’s Lodge in Jacksonville, NC.


our heart is ready to burst through your chest as you drop behind cover to reload, projectiles whizzing passed you so fast, you can feel them ripping through space just centimeters from your ears. You gather your wits and call to your teammates for enemy positions before you emerge again, squeezing your trigger and laying paint square in the face of your opposition. There are so few recreational activities that can give you an adrenaline rush equal to that which is associated with paintball. Recently, paintball has been experiencing a flux of increasing interest. This interest can be attributed to the rise of the many wellmaintained and engaging paintball parks that have popped up around the country as well as interest in the realm of professional paintball. Paintball is a sport that requires endurance, strategy and a love of healthy competition. Local paintball fields offer several styles of play to people of all skill levels, from beginner to expert. The first field I will talk about happens to be my “home field,” that is,


Written & PHOTOGRAPHED BY HILLARY BRATTON the field I choose to play on and support on the weekends. Sportsman’s Lodge in Jacksonville is primarily a “woodsball” field, meaning it is scenario-driven. Woodsball fields tend to be…well, wooded. These fields utilize bunkers to offer strategic points of attack and defense for each team and its members. Sportsman’s Lodge has four fields to experience, each of varying size and each different in its style of play. The “town” field is definitely the most engaging, as it has many buildings, vehicles and smaller bunkers to incorporate into your strategy against the opposing team. The staff is friendly and always ensures the safety of the patrons on the field by offering support through referees. The cost of a day of play is per the player. Field fees per player will run around $18 and a paint prices can range anywhere from $10 to $55, depending on the volume and quality purchased. More expensive paint breaks more easily and is preferred for tournament style play, or “speedball.” Southwest Paintball in Jacksonville also has scenario-driven fields to play, but the main attraction of Southwest is its speedball field. A speedball field i s

made up of air bunkers and is generally used for practice for more advanced players. Paintball tournaments are played on air ball fields, so you will likely see more skilled players here. Prices at Southwest are comparable to those at Sportsman’s, the most notable difference between the fields is the selection of paint. Southwest stocks more options of tournament-grade paint. Both of these Jacksonville fields have great pro-shops and helpful staffs that will make your experience exciting and safe. Rental equipment is available for those who are trying paintball out for the first time, as well as a vast array of new equipment available for purchase if you plan to make paintball a serious hobby. For more advanced paintballers, it may be worth it to venture down to Hampstead to check out a field called Nature of the Game. Primarily a stomping ground for local teams, Nature of the Game offers a different level of competition and skill level. If you’re seriously interested in speedball and would like to enter into tournaments, this is the place to be. Although it is primarily a speedball field, there are also wooded courses to play on and all skill levels are welcome. Paintball is a great way to blow off steam after a long week at work, but paintball isn’t just a recreational activity for the weekend warrior or serious enthusiast. Getting the office together for paintball can be a great team-building exercise, as it forces individuals to work together towards to achieve the desired outcome—victory. For more information on Sporstman’s Lodge, visit www. or call (910) 937-6334. For Southwest Paintball visit or call (910) 3537529. Nature of the Game can be found at www.notgpaintball. com/ or call (910) 270-2163.






The following information represents the most common questions asked about permitted hunt opportunities for specific game lands listed in the Permit Hunting Opportunities Program. This section does not serve as a regulatory guide. Hunters and trappers should always refer to the North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for information on regulations and local laws as they pertain to permitted and non-permitted hunts. For more complete information on local hunting and fishing opportunities, visit or call (888) 248-6834.

Acreage: 1,139

Tracts: All General Location: 2 miles east of Winnabow. Closest Municipalities: Wilmington, Southport (Lodging available in municipalities) County: Brunswick GPS Coordinates (NAD 83): 78º 3’ 29.23” W 34º 8’ 22.34” N (Funston Rd.) Camping Allowed: No Closest Boat Access Area: Rice Creek Game Land Map: Refer to General Terrain Characteristics: Managed forested uplands in various age classes, mature bottomland forests, and blackwater creeks. Special Equipment Needs: In addition to normal hunting gear, the following items may be helpful: • Hip boots, GPS, compass, portable stand, insect repellent, game hauler or backpack, binoculars. Deer FAQ: • Is dog deer hunting allowed? No, dogs may only be used to hunt and/or retrieve legal small game and waterfowl during legal seasons. Waterfowl FAQ: • How do I obtain a waterfowl permit? Waterfowl may be hunted on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and opening days during the legal waterfowl seasons with a small game permit. Hunt opportunities are listed in this guide. Small Game FAQ: • Are there restrictions on what I can harvest with my small game permit? Refer to the Regulations Digest for applicable season/species information.

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Tracts: Roan Island Tract General Location: Confluence of the Black and Cape Fear rivers. Closest Municipalities: Wilmington, Riegelwood (Lodging available in municipalities) Here is a selection of photosCounty: we received online from Pender our readers of some of theirGPS favorite outdoor activities. Coordinates (NAD 83): 78º 06’ 44.45” W 34º 21’ 44.02” N Camping Allowed: No Closest Boat Access Area: Unimproved private boat ramp is available for public use at the end of Riegel Course Rd. off N.C. 87 at Riegelwood 78º 12’ 41.25” W 34º 21’ 32.92” N Refer to the N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Regulations Digest for regulations and local laws.




General Location: N.C. Hwy. 53, one mile east of White Lake. Closest Municipalities: White Lake, Elizabethtown (Lodging available in municipalities) County: Bladen GPS Coordinates (NAD 83): 78º 28’ 34.77” W 34º 35’ 45.88” N (From N.C. Hwy. 53 - Singletary tract entrance) 78º 29’ 0.72” W 34º 36’ 51.73” N (From N.C. Hwy. 53 - Breece tract entrance) Camping Allowed: Yes, in designated campground area (Refer to game land map). Closest Boat Access Area: Elizabethtown, N.C. Hwy. 87 South, Cape Fear Lock 2 Game Land Map: Refer to General Terrain Characteristics: Longleaf and loblolly pine forests, bottomland hardwood forests, and gum-cypress swamps. Special Equipment Needs: In addition to normal hunting gear, the following items may be helpful: • GPS, compass, binoculars, insect repellent.

Apply for and purchase your hunting permits online at The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission provides permit hunting opportunities across the state.These hunts allow for managed participation and provide unique opportunities for special areas or species such as small game, big game, waterfowl, tundra swan and furbearer trapping. This program also includes special hunting opportunities for youth and persons with disabilities. Source:


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We can help you to achieve one. Visit the Lawn & Garden Department in the Main Exchange, Camp Lejeune. (Note: Thumbs will not actually turn green or grow into a leaf.) No Federal or USMC endorsement implied.


Identifying your garden preferences


personal garden is only limited by the constraints of a person's imagination. The vast array of plants and flowers available from all over the world can turn anyone's yard into a melange of functional spaces. When designing a garden, many homeowners do not know where to begin. Much like decorating the interior of a home, how a garden landscape is executed depends on various factors.

Climate and conditions

The foremost consideration when planting a garden is the climate where the garden will be located. Planting items that are not conducive to growing in certain conditions can be counterintuitive and a waste of money and effort. Prospective gardeners must become familiar with the hardiness zones of their region prior to making any plans. This will help you to determine which types of plants will thrive on your landscape. Once this is determined, examination of the soil and conditions on the property is also helpful. Taking this step will help identify any plant deterrents, such as poor soil quality and pH as well as any pests that may impede plant growth. If you live in a hot, sandy location, lush tropical plants may not thrive. Therefore, even

if you desire a Mediterranean look, you may have to settle for something that works better with your landscape conditions.

Style of the home

Landscaping designs often tie into the architectural style of a home. For example, an extensive Asian-inspired garden complete with koi pond and bonsai may look odd in front of a log home. Keep architecture in mind when planning a garden so the look of the home you present is cohesive and fits with the community and immediate vicinity.

Design preferences

Are you a free spirit who doesn't conform to convention with firm boundaries? Or are you one who likes order and things in their place? Knowing what makes you tick will help you to choose a gardening style that will be easier to maintain and also make you feel comfortable. For example, prairie-style planting or wildflower gardens are dramatic ways to create natural points of color over a large area. Most plants are allowed to grow as they may. Those who like a dreamy ethereal feel to their gardens may be inspired by cottage designs, where generously filled borders overflow into a flower and foliage paradise. If you are more inclined to follow the rules and like an orderly landscape, a parterre, or formal planting bed, may be more your style. When carefully

pruned, box hedging can show off symmetry and geometry in your space. Some people are more focused on the accents in their gardens than the plants themselves. Modern architecture pairs well with a contemporary style that blends minimalist accents and easy-to-maintain plants. Although you can change plants in your garden, investing in a garden that you will be happy with for a long time is a costly venture. You may want to consult a landscape architect

or local nursery to find the plants and trees that fit with your design and lifestyle. These experts can also instruct you in how to maintain all of your hard work and when to expect the full impact of your new landscape to take form. Homeowners can browse ideas for gardens in magazines and online, but ultimately it will be up to their personal design preferences and the climate where their home is located to determine which garden will look and grow best.



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Make safety a priority outdoors


Outdoor enthusiasts cannot wait to get outside and make the most of a beautiful day. But in their haste to enjoy the great outdoors, men and women can easily overlook safety precautions that protect them from potential hazards. No matter your activity, always bring adequate sunscreen and enough water to stay hydrated. Outdoor enthusiasts can also employ additional safety methods depending on which activity they enjoy. Cycling Cyclists must be on alert for those with whom they are sharing the road. Cyclists are often times at the mercy of motorists, so it pays to stay as attentive as possible. Never listen to a music player while riding a bike. Alertness is important when cycling, as are the following precautionary measures: • Wear a helmet and reflective clothing • Obey traffic laws • Ride with traffic • Inspect your bicycle and address any mechanical issues before each ride Hiking When the weather permits, few activities combine the benefits of physical activity with the aesthetic appeal of nature as well as hiking does. Hikers should not hike on undeveloped trails or trails too difficult for them to handle. Always share your route with friends or family members before embarking on a hike. This protects you if you should get lost or injured and you need a rescue team to find you. Hikers should

also pack the following supplies before hitting the trails: • Compass • Flashlight and batteries • Whistle and signal mirror • Map of the park • Waterproof matches • First aid kit • Blanket Water sports Water attracts the sun, so it’s imperative that anyone planning to spend ample time on or around the water take steps to protect their skin. Wear appropriate clothing and apply sunscreen with at least 15 SPF. Never take to the water after you have consumed alcohol. Alcohol dulls your senses, making you less likely to recognize a dangerous situation. Do your best to avoid swimming alone. When you employ the buddy system while swimming, you are ensuring there is someone there to help you should you begin to struggle or to alert lifeguards or other safety personnel should something go awry. If you to plan to fish on a boat, let your loved ones know where you plan to fish so they can share this information with authorities if your boat has problems or you don’t return on time. While on the boat, always wear a flotation device and make sure the boat is not running as you board and dismount. The great outdoors can be enjoyed throughout the year. But outdoor enthusiasts will have a much better time if they take the necessary steps to reduce their risk of injury.

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