Rank (0) Views 374 On Wed, Sep 02, 2015 1:38 PM, 23 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advises hunters of a regulation change for the Lewis Millpond waterfowl impoundment on the Uwharrie Game Land in Montgomery County.

On the posted waterfowl impoundment, waterfowl may be taken only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. holidays; and on the opening and closing days of the applicable waterfowl seasons.

Previously, the millpond waterfowl impoundment had been open to hunting six days a week in applicable seasons. The change is reflected in the 2015-2016 Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest. Other hunting opportunities at Uwharrie Game Land remain six days a week.

For more information on migratory game bird hunting, visit Waterfowl and Migratory Game Birds in North Carolina. There is no hunting of migratory game birds by any method on Sundays. For more information on hunter safety, hunting re

Rank (0) Views 2590 On Wed, Sep 02, 2015 10:59 AM, 1 day 2 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2015) — Shortly before dawn on Sept. 5 the 2015-16 dove hunting season will open officially. Hunting hours on opening day and throughout the season will be one half hour before sunrise and ending at sunset.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set the 2015-16 season for mourning and white-winged dove from Sept. 5 to Oct. 10 and Nov. 23 to Jan. 15. The daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. The season does not include Sundays; hunting of migratory game birds by any method is not allowed on Sundays.

The Commission provides dove hunting opportunities on its game lands throughout the state. Staff manages for dove hunts by planting crops that are attractive to doves, such as millet and sunflowers. The agency’s website has a map of dove fields it maintains on game lands.  By clicking on a map point, hunters can find out information about a specific game land, such as directions to the game l

Rank (0) Views 93 On Wed, Sep 02, 2015 9:16 AM, 1 day 3 hours ago

The following is a news release issued by Duke Energy on Aug. 31, 2015

TOPTON, N.C. – In order to facilitate work for site enhancements, Duke Energy will temporarily close the Rocky Branch Access Area on Lake Nantahala beginning September 8.

Improvements to the Rocky Branch Access Area include paving the parking lot and constructing an accessible restroom and fishing pier. The boat ramp will be closed to the public to facilitate the construction activities. During this period, guests may launch boats at the Big Choga Access Area located on Big Choga Road in Macon County.

The work at the Rocky Branch Access Area is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015 based on weather conditions.

“These improvements are part of ongoing efforts by Duke Energy to ensure quality access areas are available to the recreational boating public for use at our lakes,” said John Crutchfield, director of Duke Energy’s public safety and recreation strate

Rank (0) Views 2598 On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 3:08 PM, 2 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2015) – Beginning Sept. 1, sportsmen can obtain applications for permit waterfowl hunts online, by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent or by calling 1 (888) 248-6834, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  The deadline for the majority of permit hunts is Oct. 1.

The 2015-16 waterfowl season has two new waterfowl hunting opportunities that are being offered in the coastal region. With the addition of the Texas Plantation Tract in Tyrrell County in the Commission’s Game Land Program, waterfowl hunters will have a new area they can apply to hunt.  This tract, administered through J. Morgan Futch Game Land in Tyrrell County, will feature six waterfowl blinds on managed impoundments. Five blinds will be open to all waterfowl hunters, with one blind designated for Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permit holder use only.  To qualify for the apprentice blind, at least one applicant must a hold a valid Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permit and

Rank (0) Views 14254 On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 10:11 AM, 6 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2015-16 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons. In July, the Commission approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Below are the 2015-16 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30. Possession limits are three times the daily bag unless otherwise noted.

The Commission has elected to participate in the Light Goose Conservation Order Season, which begins Feb. 15, 2016.  This season will allow unplugged guns, electronic calls, extended shooting hours and no daily bag limit.  A free permit is required.  More information will be available at www.ncwildlife.org/lightgoose on Sept. 1.  These expanded hunting methods are not allowed during the regular light goose season th

Rank (0) Views 1789 On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 4:51 PM, 6 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today approved a proposal to re-designate approximately 157 acres on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land from an All Weapons Game Land to an Archery Zone, Gun Free Zone, and a Restricted Firearms Zone.

The re-designation will go into effect when Commission staff posts the boundaries on the game land, which is located in Durham County.  The affected section encompasses 139 acres of Archery Zone, of which 40 acres is further designated as a Guns Free Zone. The Archery Zone designation restricts hunters to the use of bow-and-arrow hunting and falconry only; the Gun Free Zone prohibits the possession of any firearm. The remaining 18 acres is designated as a Restricted Firearms Zone, where hunting with centerfire rifles is prohibited. See detailed map for zones.

The Commission is re-designating this section of the game land because of its close proximity to Little River Elementary School and Dur

Rank (0) Views 515 On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 10:38 AM, 7 days ago

To celebrate North Carolina’s rich hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation heritage, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting or supporting seven family-friendly events across the state on Sept. 26.

The events, part of National Hunting and Fishing Day 2015, will be open to the public free of charge, with the exception of two Greenwing fishing events. Each event will feature a variety of hands-on, outdoor-related activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Activities and exhibits will vary from event to event, but all will provide opportunities for participants to connect with nature while improving outdoor skills in fishing, kayaking, archery, air rifle shooting, fly-casting, identifying aquatic insects, outdoor cooking, arrowhead making and much more.

Other activities include retrieving demonstrations by sporting dogs, live reptile and amphibian exhibits and live birds of prey exhibits.

Event locations and times are: John E. Pechmann Fishing Educati

Rank (0) Views 1396 On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 4:47 PM, 7 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two free, introductory deer seminars in September at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education Center in Raleigh.

The first seminar, “Deer Hunting 101,” will be held on Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will cover topics to help novice hunters improve their hunting abilities. Topics include:
Deer behavior and habitat
 Scouting techniques
 Firearms and archery equipment
North Carolina hunting license and regulations requirements
Tree stand safety

The second seminar, “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer,” will be held on Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Topics covered will include field dressing, processing techniques and taxidermy. Participants also will have a taste-testing to learn the different ways to cook and serve venison.

While both seminars are free, space is limited and available on a f

Rank (0) Views 832 On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 3:40 PM, 9 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 24, 2015)  Download the August 27th Commission Meeting agenda package below.

August 27, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 27.5 MB)

Rank (0) Views 1192 On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 9:11 AM, 10 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will continue the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign throughout Labor Day weekend.

According to data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol was the leading factor in 21 percent of recreational boating deaths in 2014. Additionally, alcohol remains the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

“Be safe and have a designated driver for the road and the water,” said Lt. Sam Craft, a spokesman for the campaign. “Don’t let an arrest or accident spoil your end-of-summer fun. Boat operators charged with operating while impaired must make a court appearance and could face a maximum $1,000 fine and jail time.”

“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” concentrates on the three major summer holi

Rank (0) Views 684 On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 6:59 PM, 12 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 21, 2015) Download the PDFs below for the August 26th committee meetings' agendas. 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. HNGES Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. HNGES/Big Game Joint Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 3:00 p.m. -3:45 p.m. Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF) TBA Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 3080 On Wed, Aug 19, 2015 4:50 PM, 14 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission resumed stocking Hatchery Supported trout waters today after receiving confirmation that trout from Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in Marion and Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Brevard tested negative for whirling disease, a disorder affecting trout.

Whirling disease affects fish in the trout and salmon family. The disease, caused by the microscopic parasite, Myxobolus cerebralis, damages cartilage and skeletal tissue in a fish, causing it to swim in a whirling motion. While often fatal to juvenile fish, the disease does not infect humans or pets, and eating an infected fish is not known to cause any harmful effects.

The Commission will not retroactively stock Hatchery Supported locations that did not receive fish during the hatchery-testing period due to recent drought conditions and concerns of high water temperatures at those locations.

The Commission also has implemented safeguards to reduce th

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