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NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

ROCKINGHAM, NC March 25, 2014 — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on April 3 in Rockingham to seek input in developing a management plan for the Pee Dee River Game Land in Richmond County. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hinson Lake Rotary Lodge, located on 152 Hinson Lake Road. Wildlife Commission staff will use input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the state-owned portions of the Pee Dee River Game Land for the next 10 years. This game land is located between Rockingham and Lilesville. Two tracts, encompassing approximately 2,270 acres, are popular for deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities. “We are seeking input from all […]

NC Anglers Can Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Rusty Crayfish

NC Anglers Can Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Rusty Crayfish

MARION, NC March 25, 2014 — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking anglers to help stop the spread of the rusty crayfish — a destructive, non-native crayfish that has invaded the upper Catawba River in western North Carolina. The rusty crayfish, which measures about 5 inches long, is native to the Ohio River watershed but can now be found in Canada and 17 other states, including North Carolina. Anglers can identify the rusty crayfish from other native crayfish by a rust-colored spot on its sides, just in front of the tail. They also have black bands on the tips of their claws. Wildlife Commission biologists first discovered the rusty crayfish in 2007 in the North Fork […]

Operation North State Announces Second Annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival

Operation North State Announces Second Annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival

Operation North State Announces Second Annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival for Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans Winston-Salem, NC March 15, 2014 – Operation North State (ONS) and it hundreds of volunteers, supporters and sponsors are excited to announce the Second Annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival in hopes that you too can assist – not necessarily in a huge way – but collectively our efforts will make a huge difference in the success of the event and the lives of a few dozen wounded warriors and disabled veterans.  On Thursday, April 24th, Operation North State will utilize North Carolina’s People, Places, Products and Pride to make this a special fishing outing for forty-five of North Carolina’s wounded warriors and disabled veterans. […]

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 16, 2014 – On March 16, most likely in the 1780s, an odd and offbeat mariner from Ocracoke Island known as Quawk or Quork went to sea in his small fishing skiff despite warnings of impending foul weather. He never returned. The sailor was said to be a loner, and was, by some accounts, the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the island. He was called Quork because of his voice, which was said to be like that of the “quawk,” the colloquial name for the black-crowned night heron. The day became known as Old Quork’s Day, a day of bad luck or misfortune for seamen who might fall victim to quick-forming storms that could catch a […]

Berkley Conservation Institute Congratualtes the EPA on Alaska Pebble Mine Action

Berkley Conservation Institute Congratualtes the EPA on Alaska Pebble Mine Action

COLUMBIA, SC Mar. 4, 2014 – Amid fevered protests against Alaska’s proposed Pebble Mine, which included opposition from the Berkley Conservation Institute (BCI), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will now consider the Clean Water Act in its environmental review process of the proposed mine. The inclusion of the Clean Water Act is a critical step towards halting the Bristol Bay, Alaska, mining project, which, according to a 2013 EPA report, would forever damage a vital sockeye salmon fishery. “The public interest is far more important than private profit in the case of the Pebble Mine proposal, which threatens a world class fish and wildlife resource,” said Jim Martin, Director of the Berkley Conservation Institute. “Renewable natural resource […]

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Wildlife Commission Schedules a Variety of Outdoor Clinics in March

Wildlife Commission Schedules a Variety of Outdoor Clinics in March

BREVARD, NC Mar. 3, 2014 — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is offering several outdoors-related clinics in March through its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located near Brevard in Transylvania County. All events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Nature Nuts: Bobcats – March 12, March 21, 9-11 a.m. For 4-7 years old. Join staff in exploring the world of bobcats while learning about their life cycle, habitat needs and more. Eco Explorers: Casting – March 12, March 21, 1-3 p.m. For 8-13 years old. Enjoy an afternoon learning the fundamentals of casting a fly rod. Equipment and materials are provided. Limited to 8 participants. Introduction to Fly Fishing – March 5 and March 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. […]

Wildlife Commission Offers Kayak, Fish and Float Workshop in Fayetteville

Wildlife Commission Offers Kayak, Fish and Float Workshop in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, NC Mar. 4, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the 3rd Annual Kayak, Fish and Float workshop on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. The free workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics: Kayak Safety and Rigging; Offshore Fishing for King Mackerel; Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout; and, Fresh water kayaking for Bass, Panfish, Catfish and Carp. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their kayaking skills on […]

New Regulation for River Herring in Effect for Coastal Rivers

New Regulation for River Herring in Effect for Coastal Rivers

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 4, 2014 —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding anglers that they cannot harvest or possess blueback herring and alewife, collectively known as “river herring,” greater than 6 inches in length while boating on or fishing in inland fishing waters of coastal rivers and their tributaries. The regulation, which went into effect Aug. 1, 2013, applies to all river herring, regardless of origin, in inland fishing waters of the Roanoke, Tar, Neuse, Cape Fear, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers and their tributaries up to the first impoundment of the main course of the river, the Lumber River, including Drowning Creek, and all other inland fishing waters east of I-95. Download the Commission’s “Coastal, Joint and Inland Fishing […]

2014 Striped Bass Season for Roanoke River Opens March 1

2014 Striped Bass Season for Roanoke River Opens March 1

WELDON, NC Feb. 24, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30, unless closed or extended through proclamation. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers. The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per angler. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit. Anglers are required to […]

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2nd Annual SCDNR Youth Bass Fishing Championship to be held on Lake Murray March 29

2nd Annual SCDNR Youth Bass Fishing Championship to be held on Lake Murray March 29

COLUMBIA, SC Feb. 21, 2014 – Youth anglers from around South Carolina will descend on the Midlands for the 2nd Annual S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Youth Bass Fishing Championship. The tournament will be held on Lake Murray March 29th with the weigh in at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic at the SC State Fairgrounds in the Grand Stand for school affiliated bass fishing clubs. Student anglers in both middle and high school can send up to six anglers to fish in two man teams. Each two man team will share their boat with an adult volunteer. There will be a title for the winning middle school and high school; first, second and third places awarded to middle school and […]