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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...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/17/2016 5:09 PM

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is searching for the top 100 family-friendly places for fishing or boating in the United States — including five sites in North Carolina nominated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission: Hanging Rock State Park, Harris Lake County Park, Lake James State Park, Lake Wheeler Park, McDowell Nature Center & Preserve. Vote for your favorite park and become qualified to catch an experience of a lifetime — a...
By NCWRC blogger on 2/9/2016 10:59 AM
One of our long-time Facebook followers Bob Daw has seen a lot in his 66 years on earth. An avid fisherman and outdoor enthusiast, Bob lives on beautiful Blounts Creek in Beaufort County and spends much of his free time fishing, taking photographs and just enjoying the bountiful natural resources offered by Blounts Creek. He recently submitted the photo above, reminiscing about some favorite memories of mid-winter fishing in his youth. He is our guest blogger for this month.


This is Goldsboro fishermen Scott Mooring showing one of his fat Raccoon Perch that he caught in Blounts Creek.  I am 66 years old, and one of my favorite memories as a ten year old farm boy living down a path, off a dirt road in Goldsboro was my daddy and uncles waiting for the second week of January to convoy our old trucks & small boats towards Cotton Patch...
By NCWRC blogger on 1/26/2016 12:54 PM
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And where there’s fire, at least on a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission game land, there’s usually a prescribed burn — one of the best and most cost-effective methods of managing habitat for wildlife.

A prescribed burn, or an intentional burning of vegetation under strict and specific circumstances, helps restore and maintain wildlife habitat. It is a cost-effective tool that Commission staff uses to create and maintain suitable and ample wildlife habitat in old fields, native grasslands and open-canopy woodlands on game lands throughout the state.

Wildlife foresters, technicians and biologists conduct the majority of prescribed burns, also called controlled burns, between January and March when trees are less active metabolically. But they...
By NCWRC blogger on 1/21/2016 4:16 PM
By: Zakk Royce

If you love to fish or simply keep up with fishing-related news stories, then you’ve likely heard about Zakk Royce. Zakk is the Murfreesboro angler who caught not one but two state record blue catfishes in a 24-hour period in December in Lake Gaston.  The first fish Zakk caught weighed 91 pounds; the second 105 pounds. Incredibly, he released both fish alive so that other anglers, perhaps Zakk himself, could experience the opportunity of reeling in a monster fish.

While various news media reported the amazing feat, we have the story in Zakk’s own words below.

Also, check out this cool video of the catches here,...
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 11/25/2015 1:40 PM
Did you know that the oak toad is the smallest toad found in North America, measuring less than 2 inches in length as an adult? Or that the two-toed amphiuma, North Carolina’s largest native salamander, has a wicked set of teeth that it won’t hesitate to use if it feels threatened?

Participants at the Amphibian Identification Workshop learned these fun facts, as well as other interesting information, about the many amphibian species of eastern North Carolina. The workshop, conducted by Wildlife Commission employees Jeff Hall and Mike Campbell, was one of several held each year for educators, natural resource professionals and others who have an interest and a desire to learn more about amphibians in the Tar Heel state. They conducted the latest workshop on Nov. 12 at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in New Bern — a wildlife haven for many species of animals, but in particular frogs, toads and salamanders.


Recent Entries

Trout Stream Designations Explained
Fanfare Opening for New Foothills Shooting Range
River Birds of North Carolina
Enter Now for a Chance to Win a Fishing Trip of a Lifetime
Yellow Perch Fishing In January by Bob Daw
Prescribed Burns Benefit Wildlife and their Habitats
Alligator Hunting Proposal
Hot Herps Hunting at Cool Springs

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