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Author: Created: 11/30/2011 10:30 AM
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Blog
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 www.ncwildlife.org 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 12/29/2011 2:19 PM
With the holidays over and January looking like one big yawn of nothing to do but sit inside and wait for warmer weather, do you need a reason to get outside and get moving? If so, the Wildlife Resources Commission has plenty of reasons — 1,000 to be exact.

That’s how many catchable-sized brown, rainbow and brook trout the agency stocked recently in two ponds at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. Some mighty nice-looking trout went into the ponds. The Commission stocked the trout in anticipation of four fly-fishing clinics that it, in partnership with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, is conducting in January and February.

Three basic skills clinics are scheduled for Jan. 7, 21 and Feb. 4.  These basic skills clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Qualified...
By NCWRC blogger on 12/21/2011 11:37 AM
Looking for a neat way to get outdoors over the holidays?

By participating in the Christmas Bird Count, you can get some fresh air and help wildlife. Organized by the National Audubon Society, the count sends citizen scientists — the volunteers — outdoors to count all the birds they can identify in a 24-hour period. The numbers provide information used to gauge the health of wintering bird populations.

Counts are going on right now, and you don’t need experience. Check out the National Audubon Society’s FAQ page for more information. For more places and ways to watch birds, visit www.ncbirdingtrail.org.

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By NCWRC blogger on 12/21/2011 11:13 AM
See the Wildlife Commission’s Mobile Aquarium and talk to Division of Inland Fisheries staff at the upcoming Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo, Jan. 6-8, at the fairgrounds located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh.

The Mobile Aquarium allows the Wildlife Commission to display live fish — trout in a “mountain stream” tank and bass, bluegill and longnose gar in a “coastal river” tank.  You can’t eat ‘em, but it’s a good chance to see live game fish and non-game fish up close and personal.  You can also get some face time with Wildlife Commission fisheries staff to chat up fishing or the latest fisheries management work being conducted on your favorite reservoirs and rivers. Tight...
By NCWRC blogger on 11/30/2011 2:11 PM

If you are a hunter, encourage others to hunt. With many hunting seasons under way, now is the time and it is important.  Sportsmen provide the economic backbone for habitat conservation; wildlife research and resource protection and we need more in the ranks. It is up to us to “Hunt Like The Future Depends On It.” Here’s what my buddy Travis Casper, acting hunting education coordinator, said about it: “For the future of conservation, the next generation needs to hunt. It’s that important. Sportsmen provide the economic backbone for habitat conservation, wildlife research and resource protection. We need to mentor youth and present a positive image of hunting to everyone.”

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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