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Albemarle Tradewinds March 2016 Final Web

March 2016

Hello everyone! Last

Hello everyone! Last issue I listed some of the proposed changes to the Wildlife Resource Commission rules and regulations that were to be voted on by the Commission. The vote was taken and all the regulations mentioned were passed with the exception of the alligator hunting season. Out of an abundance of caution and desire for additional biological information, commissioners disapproved a proposed alligator hunting season, Because the take of alligators in some situations is reasonable and appropriate, the commissioners directed Gordon Myers, Executive Director of the Game Commission, through a resolution, to examine options that would utilize the skills and expertise of North Carolina sportsmen and women to provide assistance in removal of alligators under nuisance or depredation circumstances. The resolution further directed Myers to create an Alligator Task Force that would develop a North Carolina Alligator Management Plan, which would include an evaluation of biological information and knowledge gaps on alligators in the state and recommendation for a framework for gathering public input on the plan. Regarding Elk hunting in North Carolina : The wildlife commissioners approved a wildlife management proposal that would establish the framework to open an elk hunting season in western North Carolina. Along with this proposal, they adopted a complementary resolution delaying the issuance of any elk hunting permits until state, federal and tribal land organizations have determined appropriate allocation of permits based on annual sustainable harvest goals and population viability. “Our next step will be to work closely with our partners, including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, to establish clear metrics to guide a permit-only hunt sometime in the future,” said Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director. “Together we will work to determine sustainable harvest goals and how to allocate harvest across the population range.” As defined, the elk hunting season will be from October 1 through November 1 with a bag limit of one per permit. The manner of take would be any legal firearm or archery equipment. I hope everyone has been looking over the equipment used during the past hunting season. Checking for frayed strings and cables. Checking gears on compound bows and rests on traditional bows. Were you satisfied with your arrow flight? Did you want to change the length of your fletchings or vanes? How did your broadheas fly. Now is the time to experiment and determine what changes you would like to make. Perhaps you are thinking of getting a new bow. Check with your local archery shops to see the new lines of archery equipment available. A good place to check and determine if your changes in equipment is the right choice for you are in the statewide 3-D tournamnets that are beginning. You can check our website for the tourneys in your area. Also, check your local newspaper for upcoming 3-D events. If you are a bowfisherman, now is the time to check for frayed line on your bow-reel, check the type of riverhead you are going to shoot into the fish, and check your fishing arrows for weakness. You should always have some extra fishing arrows with you in case of an arrow breaking on the river bottom or a broken line. Upcoming events : 1. The NCBA Dixie Deer Classic March 4 – 6 $12.00 admission 2. The NCBA Youth Wildlife Day (see website for details) 3. Turkey Season, sharpen those broadheads! Respectfully submitted, Talmage Dunn, District 1 Wildlife Rep, 30 Albemarle Tradewinds March 2016

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