Wilkesboro hearing set for popular game lands
Public input on future management of three favorite areas for outdoor recreation in northwestern North Carolina will be sought Tuesday at a hearing in Wilkesboro.
The state’s Wildlife Resources Commission wants to tap the opinions of hunters and others who visit the Buffalo Cove, Mitchell River and Thurmond Chatham game lands.
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m., at Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College, 1328 Collegiate Drive.
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The agency is in the process of developing management and user activity plans on the lands for the next 10 years.
Buffalo Cove covers 6,633 acres in Caldwell and Wilkes counties; Mitchell River consists of 2,306 acres in Allegheny and Surry counties; and Thurmond Chatham embraces 6,472 acres in Wilkes and Allegheny. The latter has been among the favorite deer hunting sites in the western portion of the state for years.
“We encourage everyone with an interest in these game lands to provide input,” said Gordon Warburton, mountain ecoregion supervisor with the Commission. “We hope to hear not just from hunters and fishermen, but also wildlife watchers, photographers, birders and others.”
The commission will accept input online at www.ncwildlife.org (click on “Comment on Game Land Plans” at the bottom of the homepage). Comments also can be sent via email to email@example.com.
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▪ Operation North State, which holds fishing events for wounded warriors on North Carolina waters, has issued a bulletin citing two needs. The most immediate is for 25 boaters/guides to assist the wounded and disabled veterans in the next Top Shelf Fishing Festival, scheduled for Jordan Lake on Oct. 3. A larger-than-expected number of current and former military members want to fish. Also, Operation North State needs more donations of used rod/reel combos to give the vets to keep; 45 have been donated so far. Information: Terry Snyder, 151 Windemere Court, Winston-Salem, NC 27127; email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (336) 764-5967.
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