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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Blog
By NCWRC blogger on 8/15/2013 11:55 AM
 By:  Al Kittredge

The August Wounded Warrior / Military Appreciation Day was held on Aug. 14 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, which is located on the west side of Fayetteville.

The turnout was a little sparse yesterday with about 35 or so people in attendance. The Commission and volunteers have been doing these events for the past five or six years on the second Wednesday of each month to show their appreciation to those who stand in harm’s way so the rest of us can live in this great country.

We’ve found that soldiers who suffer the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) enjoy the challenge of fly tying,which is offered at the beginning of the event.

A lot of kids were in attendance although those numbers are expected to taper once school...
By NCWRC blogger on 8/12/2013 8:02 AM
By: Matthew Godfrey, Biologist, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Sea Turtle Project  

The normal sea turtle nesting season in North Carolina runs from May through August and loggerhead sea turtles continue to visit sandy oceanside beaches to lay their eggs. So far this year, 1085 loggerhead nests have been observed and protected by citizen volunteers and cooperators from private,local, state and federal organizations, as part of the N.C. Sea Turtle Project, coordinated by biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

There also have been almost two dozen nests laid by green turtles and one leatherback nest laid in Fort Fisher Recreation Area, which is located in New Hanover County. While the nesting season is close to being over, the hatching season is kicking into high gear. Sea turtle eggs need 50-60 days to incubate in the sand, before small hatchling sea turtles are produced and hatch out of the approximately 120 eggs in each sea turtle nest. The hatchlings dig together up through the sand and emerge on the beach surface in a large group, usually only at night, and scurry to the ocean to begin their journey around the North Atlantic.

By NCWRC blogger on 8/8/2013 3:09 PM
Results from a three-year fish attractor study are in and confirm what fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have long suspected but never knew for certain until now — artificial structures constructed from synthetic materials are much better at attracting and holding fish over a long period of time than structures made of natural materials. 

Brian McRae, Piedmont Region Fisheries Supervisor, answers a few questions about the study and what it means for fisheries management in Piedmont reservoirs.

What was the purpose of the study?

The study and data analysis, which began in June 2008 and ended in August 2012, evaluated the effectiveness of four different types of fish attractors, in terms of how well they concentrated fish and how well they held up over a three-year duration. The Commission worked with cities of Greensboro and Burlington to complete the fish attractor study, which was funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program

By NCWRC blogger on 7/15/2013 10:43 AM
The second Wednesday of each month ushers in a low budget but high impact program the folks at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center started over four years ago. We started out by opening the gate to a handful of Wounded Warriors who did not have a suitable place or the equipment to learn the mechanics of fly fishing. A little networking with Ft. Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion and Womack Army Medical Center revealed that any kind of fishing was great therapy for soldiers with obvious and not-so-obvious challenges related to the rigors of war. We have since expanded the invitation to anyone with a military connection to include active duty,reserves, National Guard, retired military, VA card holders or N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen and their family members. Show up between the...
By NCWRC blogger on 5/17/2013 9:18 AM
Don’t be that guy.

You know the one. He (or she) ticks off everyone in line to use a boat ramp by skipping in line, using more space than needed and being unpleasant to be around.

During the summer, some of our Boating Access Areas (We’re looking at you, Wrightsville Beach and Cross Point Landing) can become awfully busy. It’s hot. It’s crowded. And folks just want to get on the water.

We’ve rounded up a few tips to make the boating experience pleasant for everyone.

Pre-Launch at Home

·       File a float plan with a responsible person.

·       Make sure you have all required safety equipment on board.

·       Check the charge on fire extinguisher(s).

·       Check that your registration anddecal are up-to-date and your registration card is on board.

·       Make...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/26/2013 7:30 PM
As the sun rises upon the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe in Richmond County, hundreds of young folks eagerly anticipate the day’s competition about to take place. 

They come from every corner of North Carolina to display the skills they have honed from countless hours of practice over the years of their young lives. They have learned to aim small and score big.  They’ve made sacrifices just as their parents and coaches have to reach this level.  The skills they will display have required discipline and control to master, but master they have.  They have proven themselves as the best within their division and district.  Now they wait, with butterflies in their stomachs.

Finally, an arrow cuts the morning air and strikes itsmark.  A sporting clay explodes into black dust following the report of a shotgun blast. 

It has begun.  

If their prowess proves enough, they and their teammates will walk away from the day as the North Carolina Youth Hunter Education Skills State Champion. ...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/26/2013 11:42 AM
Written by Al Kittredge:

With all the troubles being portrayed in our current twenty-four hour news cycle we need to pause once in awhile to look for something good going on around us. The second weekend of the 2013 turkey season the farming community of Caldwell NC gave a  small group of Wounded Warriors the opportunity to do just that.  The Caldwell Hunting Club have organized the entire community around a Wounded Warrior spring turkey hunt and fall deer hunt for the past six years. I participated as mentor to one of the Wounded Warriors during the second annual deer hunt and was deeply honored when they asked if I would volunteer to act as their liaison with the military in procuring deserving participants for future hunts.

 As a retired Vietnam Vet I remember how we were treated when we came...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/25/2013 8:38 AM
Now that spring is in the air, you might be hearing some strange noises coming from your backyard at night. If you live near any type of water, you might be hearing LOTS of strange noises at night.

Is that a pack of dogs barking in the distance, or is it a barking treefrog? 

Did you hear someone pluck a banjo string, or was that a green frog you heard?

Was that a cricket trilling in the distance or a Cope’s gray tree frog crooning a love song to his lady?

When the winds grow warmer and the nights grow shorter, frogs and toads, like the birds and bees, are eager to make a love connection. So, that strange noise you’re hearing might be one of 29 frog and toad species native to North Carolina. Technically, there are 30 species native to the TarHeel state, but one, the river frog,...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/23/2013 8:25 AM
Catching fish is fun, but keeping fish can be even more fun, particularly when you have some new recipes. So, we thought we’d pass along a few tried-and-true recipes, courtesy of N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Fisheries Biologist Kevin Hining, who knows a thing or two about cooking fish.

Backpack Campfire Trout

Many folks use this method when backpacking because you can lighten the load by leaving the heavy skillet at home.


Aluminum foil



Seasoning salt

1)     Gut fish and remove scales, if needed. I leave the head on, which also allows the use of the “cheek” meat.

2)     Put a pat of butter inside each fish and place fish on a piece of aluminum foil. Add a pat of butter on each side of the fish, sprinkle inside and outside with seasoning salt,...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/17/2013 3:36 PM
By Al Kittredge

Our military heroes made another assault on the trout ponds last Wednesday — the second Wednesday of the month, which is the day when the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center opens its doors to a fun afternoon of fishing for Wounded Warriors, the N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen and any military and their families. We offer basic fly-fishing instruction and fly tying for those who want to try their hand at that aspect of the sport.  

For participants who are not into fly fishing,we have spin cast outfits and bait for use on the catfish ponds. The Pechmann Center provides the venue and equipment; however, participants are encouraged to bring and use their own gear. A North Carolina fishing license is not required for these events.

The nice weather, coupled with the fact we have allowed participants to keep a limit...

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