Saturday, June 19, 2010

6.18.2010 Survival

It's been almost a year since I accepted a new career path and we packed up everything and moved overseas. We love our new home but hunting and fishing opportunities are nonexistent and to be honest I am having outdoor withdrawals. It's interesting, sometimes pathetic even, some of the measures I have taken to cope with this malady. Below are some examples:
  • We bought an aquarium for our apartment. Some days I will stare at the fish for hours at a time, wondering what lures, tippet sizes, etc. it would take to catch one.
  • We visited a local zoo in town. I spent 45 minutes making clucks and purrs trying to entice a couple toms to gobble.  The locals thought I was crazy.  The toms fell in love.
  • I took possession of my boys' Wii for a week and spent an hour or so each night chasing prey on their Cabelas hunting game.  My thumbs are still swollen. 
  • Our satellite has a channel that shows fishing infomericals 24/7. I have them all Italian.
  • My Bone Collectors, Realtree Roadtrips, Trout Bum Diaries and Duck Commander DVD's have been watched so many times the grooves on the discs are almost worn smooth.
  • I found an outdoor magazine, written in English (real English...from England) only to find out it contained an article on skinny dipping, complete with pictures, once I got it home.  The missus censored it with a pair of sharp scissors.
  • We have some doves that hang out around the house.  I have them patterned just in case the government lifts the ban on BB guns and casting nets. 
If you have some tips for surviving long term absences from the outdoors be sure to send an email or post a comment!  In the meantime pray for me to cope!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Email Update: N.C. Wildlife News Brief

2010-11 Regulations Digest and Season Information

Beginning this year, the inland fishing, hunting and trapping regulations digest, as well as season dates, will be effective Aug. 1 to July 31, instead of July 1 to June 30.
The 2009-10 regulations and season dates will remain in effect until July 31.
The 2010-2011 N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulations Digests will be available Aug.1.
These changes are the result of the agency’s adoption of a new rulemaking cycle schedule. For more information, see the New Rulemaking Cycle FAQ.


Operation Dry Water, a national weekend of boating sobriety detection and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol-related accidents and fatalities, is June 25-27. In North Carolina, a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against the law and carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 and possible jail time.
Operation Dry Water is organized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, assisted by partner law enforcement agencies, leads the North Carolina campaign.
Throughout the summer, wildlife enforcement officers will conduct an ongoing “Boat Safe, Boat Sober” campaign to increase public awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption on the water and enforce boating sobriety laws.

Purchase Fishing License
If you’re headed to the coast, particularly for the popular and busy July 4 week, you should purchase your saltwater fishing license before you leave home to avoid potential long lines at tackle and bait shops, sporting good stores and other wildlife service agent locations along the coast.
You can purchase a license by:
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at (888) 248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week.
Going to the Wildlife Resources Commission’s website,, and clicking on the yellow “Purchase License” button at the top left side of the page.
Visiting a local Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores.
Free Fishing Day
July 4 is designated as a free fishing day in North Carolina, meaning anyone —resident or non-resident — can fish for free in any public water, including coastal waters, without a license. All other fishing regulations, including length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions, apply.
To find a fishing spot near you, visit the Commission's website for a list of more than 500 free fishing-access areas across the state.

Small Game Awards
Do you know a person or organization whose actions have positively impacted North Carolina’s small game population? Nominate them for the annual Diedrick Small Game award.
In the individual category, previous award winners were landowners who improved and integrated small game habitat into their forestry or farming operations. In the organization category, award winners have included corporations, government agencies, and non-government organizations whose actions improved small game habitat.
For more information on how to nominate someone, see the press release on our website.
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
The Commission has completed work on the Chowan River Bridge Public Fishing and Boating Access Area, and scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 10:30 a.m. June 18 at the bridge. The media and public are invited to attend.