NC Wildlife Commission news and notes
Magazine announces photo competition winners
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine outdoor photo competition.
All winners will be published in the January/February 2013 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with the grand prize image appearing on the cover. The photographs also will be exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, along with special showings throughout the year at other museums and wildlife education centers across the state.
“This year, rules required all entrants to be subscribers to the magazine and we were impressed by how talented our readers are,” said Mike Zlotnicki, associate editor of Wildlife in North Carolina. “I don’t think anyone appreciates conservation and North Carolina’s wildlife more than they do.”
Photos were judged in 10 categories, including two for youth. First-place winners by category:
Birds: Robert Travis, Cedar Mountain, male ruby-throated hummingbird
Mammals: Karl Chiang, Greenville, bull elk
Reptiles and Amphibians: Sharon Canter, High Point, tree frog
Invertebrates: John Petranka, Chapel Hill, praying mantis
Wild Landscapes: Scott Hotaling, Cullowhee, frozen field near Balsam
Wild Plants: John Petranka, Chapel Hill, dewy grass
Outdoor Recreation: Scott Hotaling, Cullowhee, hiker
Animal Behavior: Charles English, Wilmington, ibis
Youth Photographer, 12 and younger: Emma Kate Halstead, Walkertown, bumble bee
Youth Photographer, 13-17: Lucas Bobay, Holly Springs, hummingbird
Wildlife in North Carolina is published bimonthly by the Wildlife Commission. Subscribers to the magazine enjoy exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and the outdoors in every issue, with one-year and three-year subscriptions available online. Subscribers also receive a spring and a fall outdoor guide featuring the latest hunting, fishing and sportsman information.
Details and rules for the 2013 photo competition will be posted online at www.ncwildlife.org in May, and entries will be accepted from magazine subscribers beginning June 1.
Fly-fishing clinics offer unique opportunity to catch trout
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct four fly-fishing clinics open to the public starting in January.
The clinics will be held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Raeford Road and will begin with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by hands-on, interactive casting classes and on-the-water instruction.
The four basic fly-fishing clinics are scheduled for Jan. 5 and 19, and Feb. 2 and 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will facilitate casting programs to educate participants on proper fly-fishing techniques.
To make these clinics possible, Commission staff stocked two ponds with 1,000 catchable-sized brook, rainbow and brown trout on Dec. 18. The trout were raised at the agency’s Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County.
In addition to stocking the ponds, the Wildlife Commission is providing free loaner rods, reels and tackle to participants in all clinics.
Clinics are limited to the first 40 people, and pre-registration is required.
Clinics fill quickly, according to Pechmann Center Director Kristopher Smith, who expects the same rush to register this year.
“This program provides an incredible opportunity for people who live four to five hours away from the mountains where we traditionally find trout,” Smith said. “By bringing mountain trout to Fayetteville during the colder months, we hope to encourage others to learn how to become fly anglers.”
Interested anglers should contact Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation at Lake Rim, (910) 424-6134. A fee of $5 for each participant is due at the time of registration.
Starting Jan. 9, the Commission will conduct fly-fishing clinics for soldiers from Fort Bragg’s Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion from 1-5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month through March. These free clinics are open only to soldiers and their families.
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