Cross, Fitts win Classic

From event news releaseAugust 27, 2009 

Mebane's John Cross and Raleigh's Brian Fitts took first place in the Piedmont Bass Classic tournament on Saturday at Falls Lake.

The duo had a five-bass bag that weighed 16.3 pounds, netting $625 in winnings.

Second-place finishers Todd and Jeff Sumner of Southern Pines caught three fish that weighed 15.5 pounds, which included a 7.38-pound bass that was the biggest caught. The team won a combined $455.

Commission streamlines harvest reports

Big-game hunters in North Carolina need to enter their Harvest ID number on this year's harvest report card.

The number is located beside the name of each big-game species. Hunters must render the number when they registering their kill, either online, by telephone, or through a Wildlife Cooperator Agent.

"This number will streamline the telephone and online reporting processes," said Ryan T. Myers, a wildlife biologist and surveys and research analyst with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. "It will validate the customer's information and take them directly to the questions specific to the species harvested. This will make the system much easier and more efficient for our customers."

For more information on reporting big-game harvests in North Carolina, including a diagram of the big-game harvest report card, visit the license help page on

Limited number of youth permits for dove hunt

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a special dove hunt for youth on opening day, Sept. 5 at Mountain Island State Forest near Charlotte. The hunt is limited to 20 youth, 12 to 15 years old, who will be selected at random by computer from the pool of applicants.

"Part of the Permit Hunting Opportunities, this special dove hunt will provide participants with the opportunity for an enjoyable and memorable outdoor experience while introducing them to safe and responsible hunting," said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator.

The cost is $5 per youth hunter and the deadline for application has been extended to Sept. 3. Submit applications to any Wildlife Service Agent or apply by phone with a MasterCard or Visa at 888-248-6834. Please designate Item No. 8110.

Before the hunt, an applicant must have successfully completed a hunter education course. During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult.

For more information, contact BB Gillen at or call 919-218-3638 or 919-894-3996.

Hunters should purchase licenses now

With dove season opening on Sept. 5, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is urging hunters to purchase their licenses beforehand.

The last week of August is traditionally the busiest week of the year for hunting license sales.

With opening day of dove season falling on the long Labor Day weekend, a time when many beach-bound anglers purchase their Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses, the agency expects a rush on license sales.

"To avoid the rush, sportsmen can go to the agency's Web site to purchase a hunting or fishing license for immediate use," said Lisa Hocutt, the Commission's Customer Support Services section chief. "They can also click on the 'Locate a Service Agent' link to find the wildlife service agent nearest them."

Sportsmen can also purchase a license by:

Visiting a wildlife service agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores;

Calling the commission at 1-888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week through September.

In addition to purchasing licenses and finding a wildlife service agent online, visitors can access information related to dove hunting, such as season dates, bag limits and license requirements.

To hunt doves in North Carolina, residents must purchase an annual basic hunting license ($15), an annual comprehensive license ($30) or an annual Sportsman license ($40). Holders of a basic hunting license who are hunting on game lands must purchase a game lands privilege license. The $15 privilege license is included in the cost of a comprehensive or Sportsman license.

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