Hatley becomes top officer in District 8

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News ServicesNovember 15, 2012 

— The N.C. Wildlife Resources commission has promoted Michael Hatley to captain for the agency’s District 8, where he will manage and supervise 23 officers and a hunter-education specialist in a jurisdiction made up of Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties.

Hatley previously was a lieutenant in the district. He succeeds Ted Brothers, who recently retired.

A native of Onslow County, Hatley is a graduate of East Burke High and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from N.C. State.

He resides in Valdese with his wife, Annette, and their two young daughters. News Services

Wildlife Commission approves changes

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved changes to the state’s hunting, fishing and trapping regulations for 2013-14, including new rules for the popular Youth Only wild turkey season each spring, starting next year on April 1.

The other regulation changes will take effect Aug. 1, 2013. Among the changes:

•  Beginning next spring, rules will allow an adult to accompany more than one youth during the Youth Only wild turkey season. Also, there will be a one-week season for youths from the first Saturday in April through the following Friday. The bag limit for this entire week will be one bird.

•  The commissioners disapproved a proposal to reclassify the portion of the upper Nantahala River and its tributaries on commission game lands from Wild Trout Waters to Wild/Natural Bait Waters, so that the current regulation classifications will remain in effect. News Services

Catches of the week

•  A mix of approximately 150 black drum and whiting by Bobby Wright of Stanley and his party while pier and surf fishing Monday and Tuesday at Rodanthe on Hatteras Island. Accompanying Bobby were his son Roger, brother Larry and his son Eddie. Larry and Eddie are from Knoxville, Tenn.

•  A 36-pound blackfin tuna off Hatteras Village by Lamar Blount of Portsmouth, Va.

•  The first reported striper of the fall in the surf at Ramp 55 on Hatteras Isand by Dale Cashman of Frisco.

•  A 4 ½-pound speckled trout at Bogue Inlet Pier by Bill Ludwig of Swansboro.

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