|Mike has been an angler since grade school.
Mike Piccirilli is the Southeast Regional Chief of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. He works with State Game and Fish agencies daily to enhance their fish and wildlife resources for public benefit through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Grant Programs. Through this partnership the Southeast Region administered approximately $250 million of grants to the states this fiscal year. The money helped finance such projects as land acquisition, population surveys, construction of boat ramps, fish and wildlife research, management of public fishing and hunting management areas, hunter education programs and shooting range construction
5 Questions for Mike
1. Do you hunt/fish and if so what?
I do hunt and I fish. I especially like to fly fish for trout and have done so since I was in grade school. It's very gratifying because trout are found in some of the most beautiful and undisturbed places. I also love catching trout on flies that I have learned to tie myself. Tying flies and anticipating the trout you will catch on that fly is almost as much fun as actually catching them. I also have started to fish for largemouth bass. I like it almost as much as fly fishing for trout. It allows me to fish more locally and expands my opportunities to spend more time outside.
I grew up hunting in Pennsylvania for a variety of game species that included whitetail deer, black bear, turkey, and such small game as grouse, pheasant, squirrel and rabbit. Pennsylvania has a very strong tradition of hunting, selling about a million hunting licenses annually. It’s such a strong tradition that some public schools are closed the opening day of rifle deer season. Since moving to Atlanta 17 years ago I have hunted less and fished more. Never did I think that the trout fishing would be so good in north Georgia and especially North Carolina. Because it's so good with tremendous public fishing opportunities with great weather, I essentially fish year round, which leaves me less time to hunt.