And now Wildlife Commissioner Bobby Setzer
has a trout hatchery named for him.N.C. Wildlife Commissioners Chairman John Pechmann, right, presides over ceremonies renaming the Pisgah trout hatchery for Commissioner Bobby Setzer, left.
, a 12-year member of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
, was honored during a recent commissioners meeting at the newly renamed Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery near Brevard.The hatchery is one of several across the state where the Wildlife Commission raises stockable-sized fish from eggs.An avid trout fisherman since his childhood in Haywood County, Setzer was appointed to the Wildlife Commission in 1993 by Gov.
"They were in awful shape," Setzer
, 72, recalled.As chairman of the Commission's Coldwater Fisheries Committee, he made restoration of the hatcheries a top priority.
"It didn't take me long to find out we have a competent staff," he
Pechmann compared him to another state treasure, North Carolina's only native trout species: "Like the brook trout, Bobby
is a native son of the mountains."
...Honors are nothing new to Setzer, who left the Commission this spring after two six-year terms.
The former football coach and athletics director at Western Carolina University
is a professor emeritus in WCU's School of Technology and Applied Science
has been recognized for his
conservation work by the N.C. Bowhunters Association
, the Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
.Earlier this year, he
was awarded the Order of the Longleaf Pine by Gov.
Wildlife Commissioner Gene Price said that Setzer
deserves a more immutable tribute.
deserves something far more publicly lasting," Price said.
As a plaque set into stone was unveiled before the hatchery, Setzer
proclaimed himself "overwhelmed."Accompanied by his
wife, Anne, he
thanked the Wildlife Commission
for "a great day for me and my family."