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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.

Trout

Aluminum foil

Butter

Bacon

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...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/12/2013 2:38 PM
Are you the kind of person who enjoys listening to frogs call at night? Do you brake for turtles crossing the road? Do you see a snake on the ground and go running — for your camera?   If you love reptiles and amphibians, you should become a member of North Carolina Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, or NCPARC. It’s free to join and with your free membership, you get to interact with a great group of individuals who, although they may come from different walks of life, professions and herpetological skill levels, have one thing in common: a love of reptiles and amphibians, collectively and affectionately known as “herps.” Their shared passion for herps, in fact, is matched only by their mutual desire to conserve and protect reptiles and amphibians in the Tar Heel state.  

While NCPARC emphasizes conserving...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/5/2013 11:05 AM
Come Saturday night lots of anglers in western North Carolina will be dining on trout. That’s because Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters open at 7 a.m. this Saturday, and anglers fishing on waters classified as hatchery supported can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day with no size limits or bait restrictions. The season will run until Feb. 28, 2014.

When you’re harvesting fish, be sure you’re fishing on hatchery-supported waters — they’re marked with green and white signs. If you’re not sure where the nearest hatchery-supported trout water is, visit our trout fishing page to view our N.C. Interactive Fishing Access Map or download a trout fishing map for each county in western North Carolina.

This year, Commission staff will stock nearly...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/3/2013 12:37 PM
By Al Kittredge

The trout,which are cold water species, have completed their fly-fishing clinic mission at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center. With the onset of warmer weather, they are available for harvest at events coordinated with church groups, assisted living homes and veterans groups. We scheduled an extra Wounded Warriors / Military Appreciation Day the afternoon of March 27 for some "fish and keep." Any legal method of fishing, i.e., fly, spinner or bait fishing, is allowed at these end-of-season events. Per North Carolina regulation, there is a limit of seven fish per participant.

By 12:30 p.m., the lower parking lot was full and 100+ soldiers and retired veterans were waiting for the signal to head to the ponds.

The number of fishermen beating the water soon drove the fish to the bottom but just about everyone who stuck it out at the trout ponds came away with a few fish.

We have a variety of fish in the other ponds, which...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/1/2013 1:26 PM
Here at the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission, we are starting to get super excited about the upcoming spring turkey season April 6 to 12. ]. With a full week of youth-only hunting this year, more new hunters will likely be in the field than ever before. But even the most seasoned sportsman can have a terrible hunt if he orshe is not prepared. Here are some tips we gathered, from staff members, the National Wild Turkey Federation and a very popular turkey hunting clinic here at the Commission, to make this season your best year ever.

· Always bring rain gear. Nothing guarantees a surprise gully washer like forgetting the things that keep you dry. Also, bring clothing for cold and warm weather. Spring mornings can be extremely cold. And spring afternoons can be...

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