Nye to focus on hunter education
Michael Nye has joined the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff as a hunter education specialist for the southern Piedmont area.
She will serve in District 6, which includes Anson, Cabarrus, Davidson, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Rowan and Union counties.
A Robeson County native who holds a degree from N.C. State in fisheries and wildlife science, Nye “comes home” from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency. Her responsibilities in Montana were as a hunting access coordinator and with the Becoming-An-Outdoors-Woman program.
In District 6 her duties will include providing instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management and conservation, firearms safety, wildlife identification, survival and first aid.
“My goal is to bring a deeper understanding of why hunter education is so important,” said Nye, who will work closely with school programs, starting with sixth-graders. “I also want to instill a passion for conserving our natural resources and our hunting heritage.”
The commission provides free hunter education throughout the year in each of the state’s 100 counties.
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Catfish club schedules
NC-CATS plans to hold 10 catfish tournaments this year, starting with competition at Lake Norman on Jan. 18.
A tournament per month is scheduled through December, with the exceptions of July and August. The series also will include tournaments at Badin Lake, plus lakes Hickory, High Rock and Tillery.
“We encourage fishermen – and women – to join us,” club president Omar Edwards of Claremont said. “There is no membership fee and only a nominal charge, $20 per boat, for entering each tournament.
“There is no limit on how many people can fish from a boat, just as long as safety requirements are met.”
Edwards said the club will have points standings, with the top four finishers at the end of the season winning prizes.
Give fish, wildlife a gift of Christmas trees
The wildlife agencies of both Carolinas are urging people to put Christmas trees they are discarding to further use.
Placed in lakes, the trees provide good habitat for fish, especially crappie. Once on lake bottom, the trees afford a surface for aquatic insects to live and grow. The insects attract small fish, which in turn attract larger fish.
In South Carolina, fishery biologist collect discarded trees to maintain attractor sites at all major reservoirs. These sites are marked by buoys.
Piles of Christmas trees also make fine resting and escape places for small game such as quail and rabbits, as well as birds such as sparrows, towhees and wrens. Observer News Service
Catches Of The Week
• A mix of five largemouth and spotted bass weighing 17.6 pounds were caught by Jerry Goble of Sherrills Ford to win a weekly tournament at Lake Norman. Louie Hull and Robbie Dye of Casar teamed to finish second with 15.9 pounds.
• Forty speckled trout were boated and mostly released in the coastal backwaters at Swansboro by local angler Eric Swain. His largest measured 23 inches.
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