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Wildlife license fees in N.C. set to increase Friday

N.C. wildlife license fees set to increase on Friday

For the first time in 27 years, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has raised fees for hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses. The increase goes into effect Friday.

The price for most licenses jumps by less than $10 per year, and there is no increase for resident lifetime licenses.

The agency’s board voted to eliminate county licenses altogether.

“The fee increase is part of a comprehensive plan passed by the legislature to move the Wildlife Commission toward fee-based self-sufficiency while reducing reliance on general tax fund appropriations,” said the outdoor agency’s budget director, Tommy Clark.

The Commission also increased license fees to be charged hunters and anglers from the bordering states – Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. These now reflect the same prices N.C. residents must pay to hunt and/or fish in those states.

For example, Virginians must pay $110 for a basic 10-day N.C. hunting license and South Carolinians $75. To hunt big game in North Carolina the cost to Georgians will be $195 while South Carolinians will pay $100.

For license information call 888-248-6834 or log on to www.ncwildlife.org/licensing. Observer News Services

Wildlife HOF to induct Salisbury’s Stanback

Fred Stanback of Salisbury has been selected for induction into the N.C. Wildlife Federation’s Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is scheduled Sept. 6 at the Embassy Suites RTP in Cary during the organization’s 51st Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet.

Noted as one of the state’s leading philanthropists, Stanback is being cited for his “quiet support of land and wildlife conservation efforts that benefit every North Carolinian.”

Other 2014 winners:

•  Chapter Of The Year: Habitat and Wildlife Keepers of Matthews, “for work that has turned the town green.”

•  Hunter Safety Educator: Stony Rushing, Wingate: “He recognized an under-served group of hunters, and stepped up to solve the problem.”

•  Business Conservation: The Webb Farm, Ellerbe: “Bill Webb has turned North Carolina’s quail hunting heritage into a family farm success story.”

•  Water Conservation: Roger Dick, Albemarle: “The Uwharrie region banker is an eloquent defender of rivers, lakes and public access.”

•  Wildlife Enforcement Officer of The Year: Master officer Robert Newsome, Marion: “For 14 years he has merged law enforcement with public outreach in McDowell County.” Tom Higgins

Catches of the week

•  A flathead catfish estimated to weigh 60 pounds at Union County’s Lake Monroe by Harold Knight of Monroe. It hit a plug cast for largemouth bass.

•  A blue marlin boated and released off Hatteras Village by Pete Bailey and sailfish by Eric Williams and Roger Marshall. All three anglers are from Mooresville and were fishing with skipper Steve Garrett on the Gambler.

•  A blue marlin boated and released off Hatteras Village by Kenny Monk of Albemarle.

•  A 42-pound king mackerel at Carolina Beach Pier by Jason McAlister.

•  A 5-pound 6-ounce Spanish mackerel at Oak Island Pier by Nick Pfeifer of Charlotte.

•  Twenty-six catfish at Lake Lee by Willie Smith of Monroe.

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