Wildlife Officer Norman Watts Promoted to Captain in District One

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Norman Watts to captain for District 1, where he will manage and supervise law enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating. He will also coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs. Watts was previously a lieutenant in the district, a jurisdiction that includes Hertford, Gates, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare and Hyde counties. His predecessor, Capt. Jay Rivenbark, retired Aug. 1. “Northeast North Carolina is a special place and I’m proud to call it home,” said Capt. Watts. “I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of this promotion, serving conservation and public safety. “Not to brag too much, but this region is superb for the outdoors, with the best in nature, hunting, fishing and boating, and I am glad to be a part of it. We w
Tuesday, August 16, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10099)/Comments (0)/

Renovations to Halls Creek Boating Access Area Complete

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 10, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Halls Creek Boating Access Area in Elizabeth City, which is now open to the public. “The renovations to this Pasquotank County site will give both boaters and anglers better, more convenient access to the Little River,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “The access area has a new ramp and fixed docks, and we also made the parking ADA accessible.” The canal was deepened to facilitate better access to the boat ramp. Engineering Services staff also added a new universally-accessible wooden boardwalk and a 10-by-20 foot fixed fishing pier. The project was funded from the Sport Fish Restoration Program and motorboat registration receipts. For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of more than 200 free, 24-hour public boating acc
Tuesday, August 9, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11111)/Comments (0)/

Commission Partners with Foundation on Adopt-a-Boat-Ramp Project

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 8, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the North Carolina Public Access Foundation (NCPAF) on a program that encourages groups, businesses, organizations and individuals to “adopt” Boating Access Areas to keep them clean and litter free. Several groups, including the East Carolina University Bass Fishing Team and the UNC Charlotte Bass Rats fishing club, have adopted access areas through the “Adopt-a- Boat-Ramp” initiative and have held several litter clean-ups. The Bass Rats also helped build handicapped access at the South Point Boating Access on Lake Wylie. “Any time a citizen cleans up a ramp, it frees time and money that could be better used to expand parking areas and build more ramps,” said Mike Marsh, chairman of the N.C. Public Access Foundation. “Having a college fishing club adopt a boat ramp gets young people involved with public access
Sunday, August 7, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9443)/Comments (0)/

Drift Boat Safety and Ferrying Class at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

BREVARD, N.C. (Aug. 1, 2011) –The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education will host a presentation on drift boats from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 16. The presenter is retired Western Carolina University Engineering and Technology Prof. Robert Dalley, a drift boat designer, builder and fisherman. He has been featured on the “Bob Caldwell Outdoors” segment of WLOS-TV news and recognized for his fishing expertise in Sports Illustrated magazine. Drift boats, also known as McKenzie boats, are specialized fishing vessels powered by oars with a specialized shape, adept for maneuvering down mountain rivers. Participants will learn about oar selection, anchor systems and anchoring selection, hull materials and design and view the video, “A Smoky Mountain Drift Boat Adventure.” The program will cover design elements that make drift boats safer on the water and discuss how to handle whitewater situations. Prof. Dalley will explain ferrying and
Sunday, July 31, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10040)/Comments (0)/

Be Responsible, On the Road or On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive

Caption goes here media information goes here Contact Name Title Phone Number Email Address   Be Responsible, On the Road or On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2011) – A multi-agency initiative in North Carolina, designed to combine law enforcement resources for highway and waterway safety during the summer months, is being termed a qualified success following the July 4th holiday. “The message of ‘On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive’ is being heard and heeded,” said Maj. Jack Staley, supervisor for field operations with the division of Law Enforcement of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “There is still much to be done to reduce alcohol-related injuries and fatalities, obviously, but this campaign is gaining recognition and that is a good influence.” The campaign is led by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the State Highway Patrol a
Wednesday, July 6, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (4412)/Comments (0)/