Wildlife commission meets Thursday in Raleigh

CorrespondentAugust 28, 2013 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at its headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive on the N.C. State Centennial Campus.

A special presentation is planned for a donation from the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation to fund invasive exotic plant management on Wilson Creek in Caldwell County and angler access on Reddies River in Wilkes County.

The agenda includes annual financial reports on the Wildlife Operating Fund, the Wildlife Endowment Fund and the Endowment Fund interest allocation, and a review of fishing and hunting dates and regulations. The commission also will consider the acquisitions of land in Montgomery, Avery, McDowell, Macon, Clay and Bertie counties.

The commission also is scheduled to receive notices of appointments to fill several seats.

House Speaker Tom Tillis appointed G. Richard Edwards of New Hanover County, Timothy L. Spear of Washington County, Thomas L. Fonville of Wake County and Chief Michell Hicks of Cherokee County for terms ending June 30, 2015.

President Pro Tempore Phil Berger appointed Mark Craig of Guilford County, Garry Spence of Mecklenburg County, Thomas A. Berry of Guilford County and Dell Murphy Jr. of Duplin County for terms ending June 30, 2015.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed John Litton Clark of Sampson County for a term ending June 30, 2019, and District 4 member John T. Coley IV of Wake County and at-large member V. Ray Clifton of Bladen County for terms ending June 30, 2017.

Durham anglers win: The Durham duo of David Matthews and Bobby Matthews had the best luck on a tough fishing day Saturday, catching a five-fish limit that weighed 27.49 pounds to win the Piedmont Bass Classics End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail Qualifier No. 4.

Twenty-nine teams fished out of the Ledge Rock ramp on Falls Lake on a day that started at 61 and rose to 83 degrees, catching just 39 fish for a total weight of 141 pounds, organizer Phil McCarson reported. Team Matthews won $840.

Qualifier No. 5 is scheduled for Sept. 7 on Jordan Lake. Learn more at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.

Enforcement on the water: Law enforcement agencies will be watching Labor Day weekend boaters during the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign.

Boat operators can be charged if their blood alcohol concentration is .08 or higher, or if they are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said in a news release.

Report violations to 800-662-7137. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/boating.

Young N.C. hunters star: N.C. hunters won the junior and senior divisions at the 27th International Youth Hunter Education Challenge at Raton, N.M.

The Gray Stone Day School Marksmanship Team of Misenheimer, in Stanly County, was the top senior team, and the Park Ridge Christian School Sharpshooters of Albemarle took the junior title at the July 21-26 event, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said.

Hunter Efird of Gray Stone was the senior individual winner at the shooting and outdoors skills competition sponsored by the National Rifle Association. Results can be found at http://yhec.nra.org/2013-international-yhec-scores.aspx. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.

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