Is bear hunting coming to the Piedmont counties of North Carolina? According to the Wildlife Resources Commission, its a possibility.
The possibility of scheduling a hunting season for black bear is under study and is being presented at a series of public hearings, which began Tuesday in Williamston.
The hearing for Western North Carolina is scheduled Wednesday in Clyde at Haywood County Community College. The Piedmont meeting is set for Jamestown, near Greensboro, next Thursday at Guilford Technical Community College.
Both hearings begin at 6:30 p.m.
Mecklenburg County and those located nearby Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Lincoln, Iredell, Richmond, Stanly and Union havent had bear seasons in decades. There is no legal bear hunting in 30 counties in the states central section, from Caswell in the north to Anson in the south and Robeson in the east to Lincoln in the west.
Our game division staff is researching the possibility of setting a bear season at least somewhere in the Central area, Geoff Cantrell of the commissions information department said this week. But this wont be done until comments from the public hearings are considered. Tom Higgins
Trout Trails Tuckasegee to get heavy stocking
The Tuckasegee River, largest stream on the Western N.C. Fly Fishing Trail, is getting an influx of new residents.
The Wildlife Resources Commission is stocking a mix of 19,600 brook, brown and rainbow trout into The Tuck. Brook and rainbow are to make up 80 percent of the fish released from hatcheries. The rest will be browns.
The first infusion of 9,800 is scheduled this week, with the same number scheduled to be stocked the first week of November.
A stretch of the Tuckasegee is classified a Delayed Harvest stream by the commission. Under this classification, all trout caught between Oct. 1 and the first Saturday in June must be released immediately. This portion of the stream is from the N.C. Highway 107 Bridge in the Lovesfield community to Dillsboro.
For more information phone 800-962-1911 or log on to www.FlyFishingTrail.com Observer News Services
• A scheduled stocking of trout in the northwestern area of North Carolina has been delayed until Oct. 14. Completion of a research project by N.C. State is causing the holdup on the East Prong of Roaring River, Stone Mountain Creek and Little River near Sparta.
• Sgt. Marcus R. Smith of Saluda has been honored by the S.C . Department of Natural Resources as the agencys officer of the year for 2013. He was recognized for many extra hours on patrol, including stakeouts of areas baited for illegal hunting. The top officer in Region 2 is PFC Rodney Cutter. Region 2 covers a wide area that includes York, Chester, Lancaster, Kershaw and Chesterfield counties.
• Matt Miller is the new trap shooting champion at Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club. Miller won the title last weekend in a shoot-off with fellow Charlottean Galen Heying. The two had tied in the regular competition. Charlotte shooters Stirling Hall and Angie Dimalanta won the senior and womens titles, respectively.
Catches of the week
• A 47-inch red drum boated and released at Okracoke Island by Matthew King of Yadkinville.
• A 47-inch red drum by teenager Zachary Jones of Lumberton while fishing from the Rascal with guide Norm Miller.
• Red drum of 53 and 51 inches respectively by Mark McCarthy and Paula Gray while fishing near Hatteras Village with guide Doug Martin aboard the Hallelujah. The anglers are from New York state.
• Sailfish boated and released off Hatteras by Charles Weber of Mooresville and Richard Doering of Troutman.
• A 10-pound sheepshead from the catwalk at Bonner Bridge, spanning Oregon Inlet, by Pat Tomlinson.
• A 143-pound mako shark off Oregon Inlet by Charles Massoth of Kitty Hawk.
• Flathead catfish of 9.3 and 4.2 pounds at Lake Lee by Matt Fullwood and a 5-pounder by Larry Washington. Both Monroe anglers said they were unaware that Lake Lee held flatheads.
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