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By NCWRC blogger on 6/28/2016 2:58 PM

The On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive campaign continued last weekend in conjunction with Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide campaign that reminds boaters to never operate a boat while impaired. 

By NCWRC blogger on 6/22/2016 8:07 AM
By Marcia Taylor

Chipmunk Road. That’s what I call it.  If you are one of the lucky adventurers to traverse Heintooga Ridge Road within the Great Smoky Mountains, you might agree with my name for the road!  Chipmunks are everywhere, emerging from and disappearing into expansive burrows, complete with chambers and tunnels, built into the roadbed itself.

How could it be? 

First of all, if you are on a waterfall hunt or prefer fast drives along paved backroads, don’t take this route.  Chipmunk Road is for folks who appreciate driving slower than they can walk in order to take in all that nature has to offer from the comfort and safety of their vehicle.  So, open the car windows or put the top down, shift into the lowest gear, and enjoy the drive at 5 - 10 mph—max!  Without the windows down, most of the sounds, smells, and sights are missed.  Don’t worry about oncoming traffic — it is a 13-mile, one-way, unimproved, backcountry road, Subaru and dog approved.  Silence is mandatory, so consider leaving the kids and talkative friends and relatives at home.

By NCWRC blogger on 6/17/2016 9:29 AM

June 20, 2016 is American Eagle Day — a day set aside to celebrate the bald eagle’s symbolism to Americans and its dramatic recovery from the brink of extinction. But we’ll take the occasion to appreciate our state’s second eagle species, the lesser-known golden eagle.

According to the American Eagle Foundation, which sponsors the day, bald eagles once were on the brink of extinction with only an estimated 400 nesting pairs left in the lower 48 states. In 1973, the bald eagle was listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Since then the bald eagle has made an incredible comeback, with an estimated 15,000 pairs in the lower 48 states currently.

The eagle's comeback was due, in large part, to work conducted by natural resource agencies such as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission,...
By NCWRC blogger on 6/15/2016 9:06 AM

Do you or does someone you know think you’ve got what it takes to be a Wildlife Enforcement Officer? The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting applications for 20 openings from now until July 15.

By NCWRC blogger on 6/14/2016 1:40 PM
By: Daniel Manget

If you have caught a good size trout in Western North Carolina, the chances are pretty good that it was raised at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Bobby N. Setzer fish hatchery in Pisgah National Forest, the largest cold water hatchery in the state. The Commission is responsible for managing the state’s wildlife from bear to salamanders to fish to ensure that they will always be there for the enjoyment of the public and for the health of the environment. One way that we accomplish this mission is by stocking hundreds of thousands of trout into 80 different lakes and streams in the 15 most western counties in North Carolina. In order to raise so many fish successfully, the hatchery must recreate the natural life cycle of trout in a very unnatural...
By NCWRC blogger on 5/31/2016 3:23 PM

To many North Carolinians, Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of boating season. With this in mind, and to help promote awareness and safety on the water, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the State Highway Patrol launched their “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign last week

By NCWRC blogger on 5/24/2016 11:56 AM
Delayed Harvest Trout Waters open under Hatchery Supported regulations on Saturday, June 4. But what does that mean exactly? For the novice trout angler, stream designations in the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Public Mountain Trout Waters Program might be confusing. Below is a primer on the Commission’s seven different trout stream designations.


Hatchery Supported Trout Waters – marked by green-and-white signs.  All Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are stocked during the month of March, with many receiving additional stockings during the spring and summer months.  The frequency and duration of these stockings can be determined for all stocked trout waters by visiting the Commission’s Trout Stocking by County page....
By NCWRC blogger on 4/26/2016 3:06 PM

Did you know that some landowners in North Carolina can take advantage of direct technical advice and assistance from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to help create a habitat for declining species? 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service announced an initiative in the “Working Lands for Wildlife Partnership” in 2012. In partnership with state fish and wildlife agencies, the program is designed to address declining wildlife species throughout the United States. Currently seven species are designated as a priority for habitat protection and restoration in this program. One of the species, the golden-winged warbler, summers in the North Carolina mountains.

By NCWRC blogger on 4/15/2016 4:11 PM

Shooting sports enthusiasts in western North Carolina will soon have a new place to practice when the long-awaited Foothills Public Shooting Complex opens this month. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Cleveland County, along with the National Rifle Association (NRA), invite the public to an open house with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 19 at noon to celebrate the grand opening.

By NCWRC blogger on 3/31/2016 4:12 PM
From the common Carolina wren, which is found statewide, to the little-seen, brilliantly colored painted bunting, North Carolina is home to approximately 450 bird species.  Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program conduct surveys annually to identify and monitor the status and trends of the state’s bird populations, as well as identify which habitats are important to conserve. Most bird surveys are road-based, meaning that biologists, along with skilled volunteers, drive pre-determined routes and record all the birds they see and hear.

But what about birds that live in habitats along our waterways? How do biologists know how these birds are faring? By canoeing North Carolina’s rivers and streams and recording as many birds as possible in the adjacent forest. Their goal is to survey a representative sample...

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