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RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received $1.1 million in federal funds to conserve red-cockaded woodpeckers and longleaf pine habitat in the Sandhills region. The grant came to the Wildlife Commission as part of $35 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Interior to conserve plants and animals in 20 states across the U.S., as announced yesterday by U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.

The Wildlife Commission will use its grant to acquire two land tracts in the Sandhills — the James and Sassafras tracts, which comprise 1,761 acres in eastern Richmond and northeastern Scotland counties.

Acquisition and management of the James and Sassafras tracts will allow Wildlife Commission biologists to conserve the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. These tracts will provide buffers and connect habitat between intact longleaf pine forests on previously unconnected 5,900- and 21,000-acre blo




RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2014) — Two staff members with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission were honored at the 51st annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet, held in Cary on Sept. 6.

The awards, presented by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, recognize those who have an unwavering commitment to conservation and an uncommon determination to safeguard the state’s natural resources.

Bob Curry, chief of the Division of Inland Fisheries, was honored as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year, while Wildlife Officer Robert Newsome, of Marion, was honored as Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  

“For most of us, fishing is a relaxing, even contemplative pursuit,” said T. Edward Nickens, chairman of the awards committee, in his presentation remarks. “Out on the water, be it a lake or pond or stream, we can forget about stress, forget about work, forget about deadlines. Just empty our


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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), is hosting a “Practical Deer Processing — from Field to Freezer” workshop at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The workshop, which is free, is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 6-9 p.m. Instructors from QDMA will provide step-by-step instructions on how to process a deer after the hunt. Topics include field dressing, skinning, taxidermy preparation, safe food-handling techniques, basic home-processing procedures, as well as equipment needed. The workshop will wrap up with a question-and-answer session.

“If you’re new to hunting or new to the task of processing your own deer, this is the workshop for you,” said Kristopher Smith, Pechmann Center director. “In addition to learning all the steps needed to take a deer from


Rank (0) Views 417 On Wed, Sep 03, 2014 2:14 PM, 14 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2014) — Learn about fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation at any of the eight events the N.C. Wildlife Resources is hosting or supporting in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day 2014.

The events, which are scheduled for Sept. 27, will be open to the public across the state 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: Outer Banks Cent


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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a contract to conduct a review of the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population to the Wildlife Management Institute. Read the Service’s full release.

Anyone interested in providing comments, concerns or information regarding the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population and the program evaluation can send an email to redwolfreview@fws.gov. 

Also, the Wildlife Management Institute is conducting a brief voluntary online survey that does not require personal identifiable information. Interested individuals may submit input to either or both. Take the survey.


Rank (0) Views 10305 On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 4:15 PM, 19 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (pending) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2014-15 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Beginning Sept. 1, hunters can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online, by visiting a wildlife service agent or by calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1.

Information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, will be available on the agency’s website Sept. 1.

The following are the 2014-15 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.

BAG LIMITS

a) Conventional duck bag: 6 ducks including no more than 4 scoters, 4 mallards with no more than 2 hen mallards, 3 wood ducks, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 pinta


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FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s exhibit at the Mountain State Fair will have fun and educational exhibits for everyone in the family to enjoy.  

The fair, which will be open Sept. 5-14, is located in Fletcher in Henderson County, just west of Asheville. The Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Hands-on activities, such as the magnetic “fishing pond” and the suction cup archery areas, hone the outdoor skills of younger attendees, while a map that identifies places to go trout fishing and displays on fisheries management and freshwater mussels will be of interest to adults. 

New for this year is a boater safety exhibit where kids can grab a lifejacket, also known as a personal flotation device, and practice fishing from a boat that is complete with working lights.

A new exhibit on th


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) —  Linda Pearsall, a life-long conservationist and architect of partnerships benefitting wildlife, on Aug. 28 received the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Commission presents the award annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation. 

Pearsall, of Raleigh, accepted the award, along with a framed print, from Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

“Linda has made countless contributions to wildlife and their habitats, many of which directly benefit imperiled species,” Myers said during the presentation. “Also under her leadership, numerous partnerships have been developed with other agencies, NGOs and landowners. Each of t


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds.

Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 – Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45.

“Opening day is a Monday, not a traditional Saturday,” said Kate Pipkin, Wildlife Commission rules biologist. “Although many hunters prefer the season to open the Saturday prior to Labor Day, federal guidelines do not allow states to open migratory game bird seasons prior to Sept. 1. Rather than wait until Sept. 6, which is the first Saturday after Labor Day, the Wildlife Commission went with the earliest possible date allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.&rdqu


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YANCEYVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission held a ribbon cutting today to celebrate the opening of the Caswell Shooting Range, located on the agency’s R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land in Yanceyville.

Several Commission employees, along with Wildlife Commissioner Tom Berry, N.C. Rep. Bert Jones and Caswell County Commissioner Kenneth Travis, cut the ceremonial green ribbon, officially opening the only Commission-owned public shooting range in the northern Piedmont area.

The public shooting range, which is free to use, has a 100-yard rifle range with five shooting lanes and a 25-yard pistol range with five shooting lanes. It is universally accessible with a concrete parking space and paved sidewalks to the shooting shelters and target areas.

The Wildlife Commission funded the construction of the shooting range using hunting license receipts.  Maintenance and operation of the range will be funded using Pittman-Roberts


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Raleigh, N.C. (August 22, 2014) Download the August 28th commission meeting agenda package below.

August 28, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 12 MB)


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Raleigh, N.C. (August 22, 2014) Download the PDF's below for the August 27th committee meeting agendas.
9 - 11:30 a.m. Lands Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
1 - 2 p.m. Fisheries Committee Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
2 - 3 p.m. Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
3 - 4 p.m. Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting (PDF)
4 p.m. Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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