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Stocking The Trout Waters

NC Trout Waters

NC Trout Waters

Four Swain County waterways will be stocked with trout for the hatchery-supported season that opens 7 a.m. Saturday, April 5. Through July, a total of 5,440 brook trout will be stocked in Swain, 6,990 rainbow trout and 4,270 brown trout for a total of 16,700. Waterways stocked include: Alarka Creek, Nantahala River, and Deep Creek.The season will run through Feb. 28. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently. Commission personnel will stock nearly 907,000 trout, with 96 percent of the stocked fish averaging 10 inches in length and the other fish exceeding 14 inches. Stocked trout are produced primarily in two mountain region fish hatcheries operated by the commission. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.

Use of Firearm Suppressors Will Become Legal for Hunting Wildlife

North Carolina will allow the use of suppressors on firearms while legally hunting wildlife effective this coming Tuesday, October 1st. A suppressor, which is sometimes refered to as a “Silencer,” muffles or minimalizes the report of a firearm when it is fired. This statuary change is not reflected in the 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Regulations Digest, which was published by the N.C Wildlife Resources Commission prior to the legislation being passed. A hunter or trapper must meet federal requirements to own a suppressor, which include registering the device and paying a federal tax, along with a criminal background check processed by the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s county of residence. “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms administers the procedure to own a firearms suppressor,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy, field supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement. The Wildlife Commission does not have any involvement in the process to obtain a suppressor.