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By NCWRC blogger on 5/24/2012 8:15 AM
Last Report of the 2012 Striped Bass Season on the Roanoke River

On Tuesday, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission completed their last spawning stock assessment of the season. They collected about 75 striped bass while electrofishing at Weldon. According to Jeremy McCargo, a few stragglers are left, but for the most part the striped bass have made their way back down the river to the Albemarle Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

Many thanks to the folks who made the fishing report possible this year: Jeremy McCargo, Chad Thomas, Ben Ricks and Kevin Dockendorf, who provided valuable field assistance, as well as provided updates for the fishing report throughout the season. Pete Kornegay and Frank McBride provided timely information from the creel survey that greatly assisted the report.

Without their weekly input, these reports could not have been written.

A special thanks to Charlton Godwin and Division of Marine Fisheries staff, as well as Julie Harris with N.C. State...
By NCWRC blogger on 5/17/2012 8:29 AM
Visit the Striped Bass Fishing page for more information on striped bass fishing in the Roanoke River.

After a flurry of heavy fishing activity during late April and early May, fishing effort on the Roanoke River has slowed dramatically this week. The few fishermen giving it a try, however, are still reporting decent catches of striped bass. Jeremy McCargo, Ben Ricks and Kevin Dockendorf, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, sampled the river with electrofishing techniques on Tuesday and collected around 400 striped bass. The fish were measured, tagged, and released.  While on the river, McCargo reported only four boats fishing for striped bass.

As in the last few weeks, stripers have been scattered from the Weldon boat ramp downstream beyond Troublefield Gut.  McCargo’s sampling revealed fish were schooled up in pockets, indicating that anglers should...
By NCWRC blogger on 5/10/2012 7:50 AM
Visit the Striped Bass Fishing page for more information on striped bass fishing in the Roanoke River.

The peak of the striped bass spawning season on the Roanoke River has likely passed, but plenty of fish remain on the spawning grounds and anglers are continuing to catch them.

Jeremy McCargo, Ben Ricks and Kevin Dockendorf, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, sampled the river on Tuesday and collected approximately 600 fish. As has been the case most of the season, McCargo reported that the fish were scattered from the boat ramp past Troublefield Gut. Although the majority of the sample was smaller fish, the stripers ranged in size from 12 inches through 36 inches and included female stripers that McCargo said were “fresh fish” meaning they had yet to spawn.

Catch-and- release fishing has been good since the harvest season closed at the end of...
By NCWRC blogger on 5/9/2012 10:13 AM
Yes, it’s cute.

It has white spots, a sweet face and skinny little legs, and looks so very alone sitting in the brush by itself.  

What’s a well-meaning person to do, but bring that fawn home, take care of it and make it a pet?

Please don’t.

While that fawn might look abandoned, it’s probably not. White-tailed deer are a “hider species,” meaning a doe hides her young in brush, grass or other vegetation during the first two or three weeks of its life while she feeds. Sometimes, a well-intentioned person might approach the fawn, and, thinking it is abandoned, try and rescue it. This can be hazardous to both the people and the deer. And despite how helpless it looks, a fawn is well-equipped to protect itself. By the time it is 5 days old, already it can outrun a human. At 3 to 6 weeks of age, fawns can escape most predators.

Moving a young fawn can stress it, and cause it illness or death. In addition, a friendly fawn will soon grow into an adult deer, and can become aggressive and dangerous. Also, a deer that is used to people can’t be released — as it is ill-equipped to live in the wild.

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By NCWRC blogger on 5/3/2012 10:25 AM
Visit the Striped Bass Fishing page for more information on striped bass fishing in the Roanoke River.

Striped bass harvest season in the Roanoke River Management Area closed on Monday, and anglers fishing at Weldon caught good numbers of fish during the last weekend of the season. Creel clerks Frank McBride and Pete Kornegay interviewed numerous anglers who caught their limit of two fish per day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Although the fishing – and catching – were really good at Weldon this past weekend, the lower river saw virtually no action – a clear indication that the fish are now on their spawning grounds.

Jeremy McCargo, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with fellow biologist Ben Ricks, sampled the river at Weldon on Tuesday, collecting about 300 fish. Their catches showed that the fish were scattered from Little River past...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/28/2012 9:07 AM

On Saturday morning, teams from schools across the state arrived at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s 34th Hunter Education Tournament.

Here’s how it breaks down, by the numbers:

High school students: 341

Middle school students: 259

Tents in staging area: 36

Rain: None yet

Port-a-johns: 16

Shuttle buses from parking lot: 3

Boxes of skeet: 50

Skeet per box: 135

Bows: About 300

Parents and coaches gathered around the scoreboard at 10 a.m.: 12

By NCWRC blogger on 4/27/2012 7:23 PM
It’s 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and the shooting range is quiet.

So’s the archery range, orienteering course and parking lot, for that matter.

But come 7 a.m. Saturday morning, the situation will change. Here at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 34th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament.

This popular state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports annually draws participants and spectators from across North Carolina. An estimated 3,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event.

The parking lot will fill with teams from 54 schools across North Carolina, proud parents, siblings and picnic lunches in tow. Students will be ready to take aim with shotguns and bows, and test their wildlife knowledge and orienteering skills.

Long before the students arrive, however, the several dozen volunteers, Hunter Education Instructors, Hunter Education Specialists, officers from the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement and other agency staff have shown up to make sure the camp is ready for the students. Ranges have been set up. Archery targets sit in a stack, waiting to be used. Sunscreen, water and television scoreboards are readied.

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By NCWRC blogger on 4/26/2012 8:28 AM
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 34th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament on Saturday, April 28, at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe. This popular state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports annually draws participants and spectators from across North Carolina. An estimated 3,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event. “This is the highest level of shooting sports competition of its kind in the state,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator. “Besides the hundreds of participants who qualified to get here at a district level, several hundred more spectators typically show up. We invite anyone with an interest in shooting sports to attend and there’s no admission charge.”

Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/26/2012 7:44 AM
Visit the Striped Bass Fishing page for more information on striped bass fishing in the Roanoke River.

In this last week of striped bass harvest, the fishing has been up and down, hit or miss, depending on when you’re fishing and where you’re fishing. While most everyone expected that the season would be in high gear by now, cooler, wetter weather put a damper on the fishing action over the last week – a trend that hasn’t picked up quite yet. 

The cooler water temperatures resulted in a decrease in spawning activity, which means the fish should be in Weldon for a good while longer, waiting for the water temperatures to go up. Just how much longer is anybody’s guess. If you want to go fishing, and particularly if you want to keep your daily limit of two fish, you need to head to the river before next Monday, which is the last day of the harvest season.

Even fisheries biologists,...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/20/2012 9:10 AM
A recent N.C. State University study has shown that feral swine in North Carolina have tested positive for brucellosis (Brucella suis), a harmful bacteria that can be transmitted to people.

For details and more information on this study, visit N.C. State’s website.

For more information on brucellosis, download the brochure, “Wild Hog Hunting” Stay Healthy on Your Hunt.” To learn more about other swine diseases, download “Feral/Wild Pigs: Potential Problems for Farmers and Hunters.”

A free, pre-paid mailer for submitting feral swine samples to the state diagnostic lab for swine brucellosis testing is available by calling the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Veterinary Division, at 919-733-7601.

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