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By NCWRC blogger on 12/16/2015 2:05 PM
Over the past few years, interest in alligators and alligator hunting has continued to grow in North Carolina. After a review of current information showed that the state’s alligator population had stabilized and possibly increased, the WRC proposed a limited alligator hunting season on Oct. 22, 2015. Public Radio East recently posted a story about the proposal. 

Here’s a bit of information about the potential alligator season:

The proposed rule would allow one alligator to be taken per permit holder during the season, which would be set from Sept. 1 – Oct. 1.  Permits would be limited in number. The number of permits would be decided following a review of the public hearings, the online comments and further research....
By NCWRC blogger on 7/29/2014 2:14 PM
The muzzleloader deer hunting season has been renamed the “blackpowder season.” (See page 41 of the 2014-2015 Regulations Digest.) The name change has prompted some questions. Here are some clarifying points:

During the blackpowder and archery deer season, the only lawful firearms are blackpowder shotguns, blackpowder rifles and blackpowder handguns.

This means that both blackpowder firearms and archery equipment are lawful methods of take during the blackpowder season, which is the same as it was under previous muzzleloading seasons. It does not indicate that blackpowder is lawful during the archery season. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission defines blackpowder firearms as any firearm — including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock,...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/1/2013 1:26 PM
Here at the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission, we are starting to get super excited about the upcoming spring turkey season April 6 to 12. ]. With a full week of youth-only hunting this year, more new hunters will likely be in the field than ever before. But even the most seasoned sportsman can have a terrible hunt if he orshe is not prepared. Here are some tips we gathered, from staff members, the National Wild Turkey Federation and a very popular turkey hunting clinic here at the Commission, to make this season your best year ever.

· Always bring rain gear. Nothing guarantees a surprise gully washer like forgetting the things that keep you dry. Also, bring clothing for cold and warm weather. Spring mornings can be extremely cold. And spring afternoons can be...
By NCWRC blogger on 12/14/2012 2:35 PM
Nothing can discourage a new hunter, or a seasoned sportsman, quicker than a miserable hunt. Unexpected weather, poor planning and lack of equipment can all lead to a hunt that, well, didn’t seem worth leaving the truck for.

We’ve compiled some tips that may not ensure harvesting yourdream buck, but will make sure you arrive home safe, warm and in one piece.

Here goes.

Always bring rain gear. Nothing guarantees a surprise gully washer like forgetting the things that keep you dry. Purchase your license well in advance. Review and follow safety procedures to avoid hurting yourself, a friend or a non-hunter. Also review regulations if you aren’t sure of the laws. Even if you think you are sure, it never hurts to review them again. ...
By NCWRC blogger on 10/24/2012 2:03 PM

Hunters are required to wear a cap, hat or an outer garment in blaze orange that is visible from all sides whenever they are hunting bear, feral hogs, deer,rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Archery hunters hunting deer during the muzzleloading or gun season also must wear blaze orange anytime during that season. 

Blaze orange, also known as hunter orange for obvious reasons, isn’t a color found in nature, making it instantly recognizable as a human presence. 

More information here

By NCWRC blogger on 4/18/2012 11:09 AM
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 34th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament on Saturday, April 28, at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe. This popular state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports annually draws participants and spectators from across North Carolina. An estimated 3,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event.

“This is the highest level of shooting sports competition of its kind in the state,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator. “Besides the hundreds of participants who qualified to get here at a district level, several hundred more spectators typically show up. We invite anyone with an interest in shooting sports to attend and there’s no admission charge.”

Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/21/2012 1:25 PM
A Georgia man apprehended in North Carolina was sentenced to pay a $20,000 fine, and ordered to serve six months’ probation for attempting to transport deer illegally from Pennsylvania to Georgia.

Donald Lee Vaughn, 48, of Villa Rica, Ga., had been apprehended in Yadkin County, where wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission determined that there were no transport permits of veterinary health certificates accompanying the deer. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta on Nov. 30, 2011.

“Shipping wildlife across state lines without testing for illness and disease potentially threatens the health of our wild deer population,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. “Experts tell us that once diseases spread, they are almost impossible to eradicate.”

Federal law requires that any deer shipped out of state must be tested for tuberculosis and accompanied by proper ear tags and a veterinarian’s certificate. In North Carolina, it is illegal for anyone to possess deer unless they have a proper license or permit and comply with its conditions. Otherwise, the animals are considered contraband and their continued possession is illegal.

By NCWRC blogger on 1/13/2012 9:05 AM
Some of the most important people for the outdoors work indoors.

Dispatchers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission spend their careers in an insulated, security-sealed room on the fourth floor of headquarters in Raleigh, but the work they do enables Wildlife Officers in the field to do their job more effectively and safely.  Dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for the Wildlife Commission.  The dispatch center holds phones, radios for a statewide network, computers that link to licenses files, criminal records and boating registration.  They receive hundreds of calls a day from the public, other agencies and with wildlife officers.

Telecommunications supervisor Kelvin Moses says when it comes to watching out for conservation and sportsmen, “you can’t underestimate the role of the general public....
By NCWRC blogger on 12/29/2011 4:08 PM

The Wildlife Commission just posted information on how to get a permit to hunt feral swine at night. Beginning today, hunters can download a special permit from and hunt swine at night with the aid of a light.

Under this policy, archery and firearm hunters with a Commission-issued permit in addition to a hunting license may hunt feral swine after normal shooting hours (½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour past sunset) where local law allows; except by firearms on Sundays. The permits are valid through March 31.

For more information, read the news release or see the permit.

By NCWRC blogger on 11/30/2011 10:35 AM
Here are three common violations for waterfowl hunting cited by Wildlife Officers and how you can avoid them.

      1.   Unplugged Shotguns The transition from small game hunting might be a contributing factor for this violation, but regardless of the excuse, waterfowl hunting requires a plug in your semi-auto or pump shotgun to limit the capacity to three. (Unplugged guns are allowed from Feb. 6 – March 10 for Light Geese, which includes snow and blue geese, and Ross’ geese.)

       2.   Shooting After Permissible Time While it’s important not to forget your federal duck stamp and approved shells rather than lead shot, don’t forget to stop hunting at sunset. “This happens, particularly over...
By NCWRC blogger on 11/30/2011 10:30 AM
Legislation has changed concealed carry rules in North Carolina. The general consideration is the law allows more, rather than less, and that is true for game lands, boating access areas, fishing access areas and wildlife conservation areas managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.  I know the Castle Doctrine and Session Law 2011-268 have gotten lots of attention and generated questions. Learn more about rules for game lands, boating access areas, fishing access areas and wildlife conservation areas here.

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