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By NCWRC blogger on 6/27/2012 12:29 PM
Boating safety means being prepared. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is helping by offering pre-launch boat safety checks this summer to make sure the required equipment is onboard, and to answer any questions that could help prevent a citation or accident.

Here are some recent comments that wildlife officers have heard from boaters after four pre-launch boating safety checks in the Piedmont.

As one boater from Mooresville explained to Master Officer Kenneth Osborne, "This was extremely helpful as our family is fairly new to boating.  We'd much rather make sure that we have everything right before hitting the water than get a ticket and have to pay a fine.  Most importantly, we'll feel much safer on the water now, knowing that we have all the safety equipment that we need.”

Another boater, being assisted by Wildlife Officer Scott Strickland, said, "We were short two life jackets and had no idea.  If something had gone wrong, who knows what could have happened?"  The group went directly to a nearby marina and purchased two PFDs and hit the water.

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By NCWRC blogger on 6/20/2012 9:47 AM

This weekend is Operation Dry Water 2012, an annual nationwide campaign with law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies out in force June 22-24 to remind boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. In North Carolina, penalties upon conviction include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

 

Alcohol consumption by boaters affects:

  • Peripheral vision and ability to focus
  • Judgment and rational decision-making
  • Balance and equilibrium
  • Coordination and reaction time

 

Wind and waves, combined with heat, glare, motor noise and vibration can create a condition known as “boater fatigue.”  It can magnify the effects of alcohol on some individuals up to three times.

By NCWRC blogger on 6/14/2012 12:54 PM
Did you remember that Father’s Day is this Sunday? If so, and you’ve already gotten his present — well good for you! If, on the other hand, you forgot that June 17 is that special day to celebrate dad, then check out some of these gift ideas, which are all available at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s online N.C. Wild Store.

No matter if your dad hunts, fishes or just enjoys the outdoors, the Wild Store has a product we’re sure he will like.

A perfect gift for nearly every dad (or for yourself for that matter), is a subscription to Wildlife in North Carolina, the agency’s award-winning publication, which features stunning photographs and well-written articles on Tarheel wildlife, their habitats, wildlife research, and other interrelated natural resource topics. A one-year subscription is just $12, while a three-year subscription is $30. Both subscription options include two special edition guides — one in the spring on fishing and the other...
By NCWRC blogger on 6/6/2012 9:36 AM
I’m a desk jockey. I sit at my desk for 7, 8 maybe 9 hours a day cranking out information about wildlife in North Carolina. So, when I had a chance to participate in an education workshop about alligators, I jumped at the chance. After all, it isn’t every day that I get up close and personal with animals that I write about. 

I attended the recent “Alligators in North Carolina” workshop, conducted by Coastal Outreach Education Specialist Mike Campbell at Lake Waccamaw. If you’ve never attended a workshop by Campbell, I recommend doing so. He has an engaging manner and a lecture style that make the workshop informative, funny at times, and always enjoyable. Campbell began the four-hour workshop with a discussion on alligators — their habitats, habits, human interactions, ranges, mating preferences, calls, those sorts of things — an “Alligators for Dummies,” if you will.

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By NCWRC blogger on 6/1/2012 10:24 AM
Fishing just got a little easier — well, finding fishing holes just got a little easier now that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has added a map of nearly 550 fish attractors placed in 50 of the most popular lakes, reservoirs and lakes throughout the state.

Complementing the fish attractor map are GPS coordinates, which anglers can import using a text file, an Excel file or a GPX (GPS Exchange Format) file.

If you’re using a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device, you can access the map using the agency’s new mobile website. Just tap the “Fish Attractors” icon on the Maps tab.

The Commission added another map to its mobile website for anglers who are fishing along the coast and want to know if they’re fishing in joint or coastal waters. The Coastal/Joint Waters Map also is located under the Maps tab on the mobile website.

Check out both maps here.

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