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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...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/28/2013 4:36 PM
RALEIGH (Feb. 28, 2013) — We are getting locked and loaded for the Dixie Deer Classic that starts tomorrow at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  As y’all might guess, a big event like that means a big “To Do” list.

Sure enough, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is going to be there in a big, B-I-G way.  We’re sending folks from Wildlife Management, Law Enforcement, Conservation Education, Wildlife Diversity, Publications, even Inland Fisheries. Yep, fisheries staff at the Dixie Deer Classic. That’ll be a first for us.

Stop by and say “Hi” at any of a number of Wildlife Commission booths, tables, seminars and exhibit trailers that we’ll be staffing.  While you’re chatting it up with us, be sure to register for the many prizes that we’ll be giving away. Check us out:

Wildlife Management biologists...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/27/2013 10:40 AM
By: Al Kittredge

The weather advisory for Saturday dampened the turnout for our 4th Basic Fly Fishing Clinic hosted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, which is located in Fayetteville. We had 40+ folks registered but apparently many of them were fair-weather fishermen because only 25 showed up. Not to worry, we have only canceled once in the past 10 years and that was because the ponds froze over. Nevertheless, Saturday's forecast was troubling.  We kept a wary eye to the sky and our cell phone apps, which displayed radar of a fast-approaching front of plunging temperatures, rain, sleet and snow.

We start all our clinics with an overview of fly fishing by two of our experienced volunteers. While at least half the participants to our basic fly-fishing clinics do not have a clue about balancing the size of their gear to the species and fishing conditions, by the end of the day, they are informed consumers. They are now able to head to their local fly shop or search out the Internet and not be overwhelmed by the choices available.

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By NCWRC blogger on 2/18/2013 3:18 PM
A rabbit hunter in eastern North Carolina recently tested positive for tularemia, also commonly called rabbit fever. Another rabbit hunter in the same party also became ill and it is suspected he also has tularemia. Both hunters appear to be recovering, but this serves as an important reminder to all rabbit hunters to learn more about tularemia and to take precautions to prevent contracting the disease.

What is tularemia?Tularemia is a disease caused by a bacteria, Francisella tularensis. The disease occurs naturally worldwide. Itcan be fatal if left untreated.

How can I get tularemia?The most common way people have been infected with tularemia in North Carolina was by handling infected rabbits, a bite from an infected cat, and from a tick bite.  Transmission is also possible from ingestion of undercooked meat, drinking contaminated water,...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/18/2013 10:37 AM
"Okay soldiers listen up! 1300 hours formation on the second Wednesday of the month will be held in the lower parking lot of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, located at the end of Reilly Road on the west side of Fayetteville.  Be there standing tall and ready to have some fun. Civilian clothing optional."

Maybe those weren't the exact words but this is approximately what the First Sergeant of one of Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Companies announced to his soldiers earlier this week.

And what a difference a little command emphasis makes. We have been doing these Wounded Warrior / Military Appreciation Days for four years. Attendance has been up and down with a lot more down than up. Today's attendance of more than 75 soldiers filled the parking lot and gave us hope that our efforts are not wasted. The Wildlife Resources Commission provides a wonderful venue. Volunteers, many of whom are veterans themselves, provide the oversight and instruction. All fishing gear is provided and a fishing license is not required.

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By NCWRC blogger on 2/5/2013 2:29 PM
By Al Kittredge

It was a “stick-your-hands-in-your-pockets” temperature at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Saturday morning when we hosted the 3rd Basic Fly-Fishing Clinic of the season. The sun was out most of the day but it only got up to the mid-40s by noon.

Brrrrrrr - we certainly will not have to worry about the ponds warming up too much for the trout anytime soon.Thankfully the wind was not too bad.  

 In spite of the brisk conditions, we once again had a full house. By the time everyone signed in, we had more than 40 folks who wanted to learn the basics of how to fish with a fly rod.

We've changed the format a little this year. Participants receive a comprehensive handout that reviews, in picture and word, most of what is taught throughout the day. Those who arrive early can practice...

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