Fly-Fishing Clinics Start This Weekend at John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is once again offering anglers a unique opportunity to catch trout this winter without traveling to the mountains. The Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct fly-fishing clinics at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, located on Raeford Road. The clinics will begin at 9 a.m., with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instructions. Clinics will end at 3:30 p.m. Clinics and dates are: Three basic fly-fishing clinics on Jan. 8, 22 and Feb. 12 An advanced fly-fishing clinic on Feb. 26 Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited to no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate the proper fly-fishing techniques, including casting, rigging and knot tying. The advanced clinic is for anglers who have previous fly-fishing experience and wil
Sunday, January 2, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9857)/Comments (0)/

Wildlife Commission Repairing Caswell Dam

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 8, 2010) – Workers from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are repairing an aging dam on High Rock Pond on the R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Lands in preparation for opening a Public Fishing Area. The work includes removing the old water-control structure that had deteriorated and started to leak. Workers from the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services and Division of Inland Fisheries are cutting into the dam and adding a more substantial structure that should give better results by cradling a 12 inch PVC pipe in concrete.  When the dam is complete, High Rock Pond, which is just off Stephentown Road in Yanceyville, will be refilled. Photo and video opportunities include workers from the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services working on the dam at High Rock Pond. Call Dean Barbee at (704) 467-0845 or Carolyn Rickard (919) 707-0124 for more information. For more information on fishing in North
Tuesday, December 7, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9425)/Comments (0)/

Nominations Sought for 2011 Wildlife Conservation Award

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 16, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through Jan. 30 for the sixth annual Thomas L. Quay Award.   The award, the Commission’s most prestigious, recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation.  Anyone interested in nominating someone for the award must submit a nomination form and a detailed explanation of the nominee’s contributions to wildlife conservation. The explanation is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point font.) Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator. Download the nomination form and submit nominations by: E-mail to; Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Manageme
Monday, November 15, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10187)/Comments (0)/

Wildlife Commission Celebrates Youth Day Monday at the State Fair

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 15, 2010) – Youth visiting the Wildlife Commission’s exhibit at the State Fair on Monday, Oct.18, can participate in several activities designed to educate and entertain, including interacting with conservation educators and biologists to learn answers to wildlife questions and earn a wildlife sticker. The day has been designated Youth Day by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, and participants can test their shooting skills at a free air rifle range, learn to identify animals by their scat, handle animal pelts and see live amphibians and reptiles. Through the duration of the fair, visitors can see the Commission’s “Take it Outside” exhibit, which provides an indication of the many hunting, fishing, boating, watching and learning opportunities provided to the public by the Commission. Visitors can check out a 12-foot, interactive map to find places to hunt, fish, boat and wildlife watch within 50 miles of wh
Thursday, October 14, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9637)/Comments (0)/

Longtime Hunter Education Specialist Fred Rorrer Dies Unexpectedly

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 15, 2010) – Fred Rorrer, a longtime hunter education specialist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission who taught thousands of North Carolinians about respect and enjoyment of the outdoors, died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 11. He was 52 years old. Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 16th, at the Fair Funeral Home, 432 Boone Road, Eden. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service at Fair Funeral Home. “Fred Rorrer was the caliber of man who, whether personally or professionally, represented conservation and this agency in the best possible way,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement, which administers the state’s Hunter Education Program. “He was an avid outdoorsman and a great ambassador for hunting and fishing. His passing leaves a void and, for those who knew him, a real hurt.” As a hunter education
Thursday, October 14, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (8356)/Comments (0)/