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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.

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By NCWRC blogger on 10/30/2015 10:18 AM
What’s scarier than bats at Halloween? A world without bats, that’s what.

While bats may get a bad rap, they are hugely important in the ecosystem, playing key roles in keeping us healthy and well fed.

Consider this:

 Bats eat tons of insects, like mosquitoes that can carry diseases that make us sick. A nursing female bat may consume almost her entire body weight in insects in one night.  Bats are important pollinators and seed spreaders, both of which aid in plant reproduction and forest regrowth. But bats are in trouble. BIG trouble because of a deadly disease known as white-nose syndrome. It has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States, including bats in western North Carolina. Some bat hibernacula — caves and mines — in western North Carolina have seen dramatic population declines although these declines associated with the deadly disease appear to be leveling off in some areas.

White-nose...
By NCWRC blogger on 6/24/2015 9:55 AM
By Daniel Morgan, Director of Communications, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.™

 [Editor’s Note: This blog is reprinted with permission of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.™ (PHWFF), which operates its Fayetteville program through Program Leader Tom Carpenter, who also is an educator at the Wildlife Commission’s Pechmann Center.]

On Saturday, June 22, the Fayetteville, N.C., Program of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) held one of its monthly fishing outings at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. This was one of the Fayetteville program’s monthly local fishing outings that give participants the opportunity to work with volunteers and develop their fishing and casting skills.

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is a unique, family-oriented fishing experience.   Built in 2007, the Pechmann Center is the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/17/2015 12:15 PM
Those fast-flying, tiny jewels of the sky are back. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are now showing up at feeders around the state, having spent the long, cold winter in Mexico and Central America.

At one time, they could be found in North Carolina only in the spring through fall; however, with the rise of backyard feeders, many hummingbirds decide to stay throughout the winter, mainly along the coast.

The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only hummingbird species that nests in the eastern part of North America. These hummingbirds prefer to breed and nest in deciduous forests, mixed woodlands and sometimes pine forests, and can often be found nesting in wooded residential areas. They typically build small nests of lichens and spider webs that are small in comparison to other birds’ nests — approximately 1 to 2 inches high and 1½ inches wide. They...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/10/2015 2:34 PM
By John Broughton, Jr.

Here’s a photo of my 12-year-old son Cody and his first turkey.  Cody and I went turkey hunting in Nash County on opening day of Youth-Only Turkey Season last Saturday (April 4) just outside of Nashville, N.C. We were hunting on a 300-acre farm we leased through Hunt NC Farmland Program of the NCDA&CS.

I scouted the property a few days earlier for turkeys just before season opened and with the owner’s information and help, I learned the loose patterns of the turkeys wanderings on the farm.

Cody and I made a plan for opening morning and I patterned his gun a few days before. On opening morning, we gathered our gear — tent-style blind, two turkey decoys, two chairs, snacks, water, calls, shotgun, etc. Then, we walked in with all of this on our backs through the pastures to the spot we wanted...
By NCWRC blogger on 4/2/2015 4:13 PM
By Christopher D. Kreh, Upland Game Bird Biologist

Each year, hunters hear turkeys gobbling prior to the opening of the spring gobbler season and express interest in opening the season earlier. As a result, managers are often pressured to set earlier opening dates for spring gobbler seasons. But, according to Kennamer’s research published in 2006, “the consequences of early hunting seasons may create scenarios that harm turkeys and turkey hunting more than hunters realize.”

The whole premise of a spring gobbler season — of it being biologically sound to hunt gobblers in the spring — is based upon harvesting birds after breeding has occurred. Gobblers play no part in nesting or brood rearing. Their role is breeding. After breeding,...

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A Father and Son Turkey-Hunting Experience
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