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By NCWRC blogger on 3/21/2013 3:07 PM
By Al Kittredge

The fishing was good but the"catching" left a lot to be desired. 

That's a good description for the 2nd Boy Scout Fly-Fishing Merit Badge Clinic held on March 16 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center,located on the west side of Fayetteville.

Not to worry, we had a good group of scouts and scout leaders. Everyone learned something and had a good time. Most of the scouts were familiar with spin cast and cane poles but very few had seen or assembled a fly rod.  After classroom demonstrations on rod assembly, it was time to move outside for more discussion about the basics of casting along with demonstrations of what good and poor techniques look like.  Everyone nodded in agreement that they could emulate what our volunteer caster so gracefully demonstrated....
By NCWRC blogger on 3/20/2013 1:14 PM
Spring arrived this morning although you wouldn’t know it by the temperature outside — a brisk mid-30s throughout most of the Piedmont, and in the mountains, a downright bone-chilling mid-to-upper 20s.

Look past the temperatures though, and you can see and hear many signs of spring. From the azaleas that bloom a cornucopia of reds,oranges, pinks and whites to the forsythia that glows golden in the shimmery sunshine to the Eastern towhee that trills a metallic yet musical “drink your tea” for his mate, the season of hope, renewal and love is upon us —and not a moment too soon.

Here are our top 10 sights and sounds of spring, in noparticular order.

10) Although they’re year-round residents in North Carolina, American robins are not seen as often during the winter, preferring to spend much of their time roosting in trees.  But come early spring,...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/19/2013 8:05 AM
By Al Kittredge

We had a huge turnout at the monthly Wounded Warrior / Military Appreciation Day hosted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on March 13.  We've recently made new contacts with Ft. Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion and at least one of the companies now holds its second Wednesday of the month afternoon formation in our lower parking lot. The Commission provides the venue and equipment, while volunteers provide the instruction and oversight. We have a variety of fish available for catch-and-release fishing. Our program in February was the subject of a short video by PBS. 

Wounded Warriors who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) find fly tying enjoyable. Many of us who do not have TBI have a difficult...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/11/2013 10:54 AM
by Al Kittredge

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center,located on the west side of Fayetteville, hosted several Boy Scouts troops last weekend as they finalized their requirements for the Boy Scout Fly-Fishing Merit Badge.

We've held these Fishing Merit Badge events for the past several years. They are so popular that we’re always at capacity for these camping/fishing weekends reserved for Scout Troops.  Most troops make a weekend of it by arriving Friday evening early enough to pitch tents, build afire pit and have a grand old time.

The troop leaders were provided teaching materials at the time of enrollment, which helps focus the scouts' attention to the requirements of the merit badge. Once they meet up with our cadre of volunteer instructors, we follow the same format...
By NCWRC blogger on 3/6/2013 12:07 PM
Everyone is used to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wildlife officers instructing hunting education, boating safety and the importance of conservation. But they get plenty of training themselves.

Last week, Col. Randy Stark of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources taught "The Importance of Adaptive Leadership" at the N.C. Public Safety Center in Raleigh.

Stark is Wisconsin’s chief conservation warden, responsible for supervision and administration of conservation law enforcement and environmental enforcement programs across that state. He is the president of the National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs.

Captain Jon Evans, Training Director for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement said, 

“This leadership training is a reflection of the Division of Law Enforcement’s vision to strive for an atmosphere of continuous improvement and develop all of its employees, a persistent focus on gaining compliance of both statutes and rules through...

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