As hunting seasons ramp up across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking hunters of white-tailed deer for help with monitoring for a deadly disease.
Commission biologists want to sample at least 3,000 deer carcasses for chronic wasting disease, an always fatal disease for deer that may not produce symptoms for five years or more, the commission said in a news release.
The disease has not been found in North Carolina, but deer have tested positive in Virginia, West Virginia and 20 other states plus two Canadian provinces.
Maria Palamar, the commission’s wildlife veterinarian, said in the news release the biologists want the brain stem and retropharyngeal lymph nodes. Collecting those tissues does not affect the ability to collect antlers or eat the meat.
To donate samples and provide other information, contact the commission’s Division of Wildlife Management at 919-707-0050. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.
Trout waters open: Thirty-three trout waters in 18 western N.C. counties moved from hatchery-supported regulations to delayed-harvest regulations on Oct. 1. No trout can be harvested or possessed from Oct. 1 to one half-hour after sunset on June 6, 2014. Anglers may fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. Stockings of delayed-harvest waters is under way. Find maps and regulations at www.ncwildife.org.
Boat fees rise: The much-discussed increase in boat registration fees went into effect Tuesday. A one-year registration now costs $30 for a vessel shorter than 26 feet and $50 for longer boats. A new or transferred title will cost $30. For information, call 800-628-3773, or visit www.ncwildlife.org/vesselregistration.
Bear meetings planned: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold public meetings on its 2012-2022 black bear management plan to discuss possibly adding a Piedmont bear hunting season, extending season lengths and increasing the bag limit in some areas, along with possibly hunting near bait.
A new state law will require a $10 black bear hunting stamp starting with the 2014 seasons. Revenue will be used for bear research and management, the commission said.
The 6:30 p.m. meetings will be held Oct. 9 at Haywood Technical Community College in Clyde and Oct. 10 at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/bear.
Herring panel to meet: The River Herring Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Chowan County Agriculture Center in Edenton. Contact Amy Larimer or Kathy Rawls at 252-264-3911 or Amy.Larimer@ncdenr.gov or Kathy.Rawls@ncdenr.gov.
Workshop canceled: The federal shutdown is the reason for the cancellation of the public workshop scheduled for Saturday in Asheville as part of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest management plan revision process, the U.S. Forest Service said in a news release.
The event will remain canceled even if the government resumes operation before Oct. 5. Learn more at www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.
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