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Myers takes over as

N.C. Wildlife director

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission appointed Gordon Myers as executive director Wednesday. Myers previously served as the Deputy Director for Operations and Legislative Affairs, and as chief of the Division of Engineering Services.

Myers,, 42, lives in Raleigh and is a 1990 graduate of N.C. State's Department of Civil Engineering. He is married with two children.

“Today is the last day we will operate as we always have,” said Wes Seegars, chairman of the Wildlife Commission, the 19-member governing board of the agency, upon announcing the appointment.

“Beginning tomorrow, with the transition of leadership, we will become a new, more dynamic agency that will continue to nurture and value the relationships we have with our conservation partners, and begin to develop new programs that will promote and embrace our mission.”

Myers will oversee a statewide agency of six divisions with 675 permanent employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $60million. OBSERVER NEWS SERVICES

Dove limit increases

When dove hunting season opens Monday, Carolinas hunters will get the opportunity to bag three more doves per day than in previous years. The daily limit rises from 12 to 15 birds because of a uniform standard requested by the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway Councils for states east of the Mississippi River.

The number of hunting days remains the same, 70, as it was in previous years, according to Joe Fuller, migratory game bird coordinator for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Fuller said a uniform season length and bag limits will help biologists better predict the impact of any changes in hunting regulations.

“The increased bag limit should not be construed as the result of increased dove populations,” Fuller said by e-mail.

Previously, states could choose between a 70-day, 12-bird season or a 60-day, 15-bird season.

In addition, N.C. hunters will get longer shooting hours during the first week as a result of regulations changes by the wildlife commission.

Last year, shooting hours were noon to sunset. This year, those times apply to opening day only. For the rest of the season, shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

The first segment ends Oct.4. The second segment is Nov.24-29; the third is Dec.12-Jan.10.

In South Carolina, the first segment runs Monday through Oct.4; shooting hours are limited to afternoons only for the first week. The two other segments are Nov.22-29 and Dec.19-Jan.15. Jack Horan

Catches of the Week

Eighteen sailfish on Saturday and Sunday by parties trolling from the Trophy Hunter out of Oregon Inlet with skipper Kenneth Brown.

A 170-pound bigeye tuna off Oregon Inlet by John Kinyo of Spring, Texas, while trolling from the Rigged Up with skipper Charles Haywood.

A 3-pound, 3-ounce pompano in the Ocracoke Island surf by local angler Bob Toth.

A 3-pound, 14-ounce speckled trout in the Ocracoke Island surf by Charma Casey of Bunn.