Rank (0) Views 141 On Tue, Oct 06, 2015 4:23 PM, 11 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed several roads on the following game lands in eastern North Carolina due to high water and unsafe driving conditions.

All closures are highlighted in yellow on the linked maps below.

Buckridge Game Land in Tyrrell County

Alligator River Game Land in Tyrrell County

Chowan Swamp Game Land in Hertford and Gates counties

Juniper Creek Game Land in Brunswick and Columbus counties

Whitehall Plantation Game Land in Bladen County

Suggs Mill Pond Game Land in Bladen and Cumberland counties

Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County

Carteret County Game Land in Carteret County

Roads will remain closed until floodwaters recede and driving conditions improve. Commission staff will assess road conditions later in the week and open roads or sections of roads as conditions warrant.

“Our primary goal is to provide safe access to our game lands,” said Coastal Ecoregion

Rank (0) Views 81 On Tue, Oct 06, 2015 10:15 AM, 17 hours ago

Raleigh, N.C. (October 6, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, October 21st committee meetings' notice. October 21, 2015 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 1558 On Mon, Oct 05, 2015 4:29 PM, 1 day 10 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will resume all Delayed Harvest trout stockings starting Oct. 6.

The revised stocking dates are listed on the Commission’s trout fishing page. Click on the Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Stocking Dates link.

A complete list of delayed-harvest trout waters, stocking dates, information on delayed-harvest regulations and trout fishing maps, can be viewed on the Commission’s trout fishing page.

Rank (0) Views 161 On Mon, Oct 05, 2015 2:38 PM, 1 day 13 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2015) – With gun hunting season for deer opening this month, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters to make tree stand safety a top priority when in the field this season.

Following a few basic guidelines can help prevent injuries and ensure that hunters return home safely — a key message of the agency’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign. Guidelines include: Maintaining three points of contact when climbing up or down a stand (most falls occur during this time). Using a full-body safety harness properly at all times. Checking belts, chains and attachment cords for damage and excessive wear before use.

“And always remember to follow manufacturer’s instructions on using tree stands correctly, such as heeding the manufacturer’s maximum weight settings,” said Chet Clark, eastern outreach manager with the Commission. “More people are hurt falling

Rank (0) Views 347 On Mon, Oct 05, 2015 9:35 AM, 1 day 18 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a new location and new hours when it opens its N.C. State Fair exhibit in Raleigh this month.

The new location will be across from the Village of Yesteryear and between the Antique Farm Machinery building and the FAA Animal Barn (map). The exhibit will open from 3 to 9 p.m., on Oct. 15 and from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Oct. 16-25.

In addition to a new location and new hours, the Commission’s exhibit will have new displays, such as the “Wildlife at Your House” display, which shows the do's and don’ts of living with and around raccoons, bears, deer and other wildlife that can be considered nuisance species. The agency’s mascot Labrador retriever, Alvin, will be promoting boating safety and posing for photo opportunities wearing his life jacket aboard a wildlife enforcement boat. Visitors also can have their photos taken while posing next to

Rank (0) Views 5390 On Thu, Oct 01, 2015 3:34 PM, 5 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 1, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has suspended all Delayed Harvest trout stockings effective today, until further notice, due to forecasted heavy rains and expected flood conditions over the upcoming weekend.

Commission staff already has conducted stockings in the following systems: Helton Creek, Trout Lake, West Fork Pigeon River, Big Laurel Creek, Mitchell River, East Fork French Broad River, Coffee Lake, Watauga River, East Prong Roaring River and Stone Mountain Creek.

Commission staff will evaluate water levels on Oct. 5 to develop a revised October stocking schedule.  The updated stocking schedule will be posted on the agency’s website, www.ncwildlife.org/fishing, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

A complete list of delayed-harvest trout waters, stocking dates, information on delayed-harvest regulations and trout fishing maps, can be viewed on the Commission’s trout fishing page.

Rank (0) Views 316 On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 11:48 AM, 7 days ago

PITTSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 29, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, is conducting the second in a series of free wildlife workshops for Piedmont-area landowners.

“Managing Your Land for Nongame Wildlife” will be held on Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m., in the North Carolina Extension Service Agriculture Building’s auditorium, located at 65 East Chatham Street in Pittsboro.  

Staff with the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program will present tips and information on how landowners can manage their lands for nongame wildlife — animals that are not hunted or fished — focusing on bats, songbirds, reptiles and amphibians.

The third workshop on Nov. 16, will focus on addressing nuisance wildlife issues and wildlife damage control. It will also be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chatham County Agriculture Building

Rank (0) Views 688 On Fri, Sep 25, 2015 4:32 PM, 11 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 25, 2015) – Despite the rain forecasted for tomorrow, six family-friendly events supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day get underway tomorrow. With the exception of two Greenwing fishing events, all events are free.

The 12th Annual Jakes Day at Rose Hill Farms in Nashville and the Wildlife Hunting, Fishing and Recreation Celebration Day in Windsor have been postponed. See below for new dates. The Roanoke-Chowan Wildlife Club Hunting and Fishing Day in Winton has been cancelled.

Remaining events, times and locations are:

•    John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. The Wildlife Expo, which is free, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The N.C. Wildlife Federation is giving away a lifetime sportsman license in a random drawing at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Tom Carpenter, center director, at thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org;

Rank (0) Views 3712 On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 1:47 PM, 13 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2015) — Spaces still remain for introductory deer hunting seminars offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Quality Deer Management Association across the state in September.

The free seminars, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., are designed for new and experienced hunters. Topics will include deer biology, hunting methods, equipment and clothing, as well as field care of deer, processing and easy-to-follow recipes.

A question-and-answer session, along with a brief overview of hunter recruitment, retention and re-activation initiatives, will conclude each seminar.


Remaining dates and locations are:
Sept. 23 Cumberland County Extension Center, Cumberland County 301 E. Mountain Drive, Fayetteville, N.C. 28306 GPS coordinates: 35.012639, -78.893928
Sept. 24 McDowell Technical Community College, McDowell County Building #11-Cedar Auditorium 54 College Drive, Marion, N.C. 28752 GPS coordinates: 35.6563

Rank (0) Views 30398 On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 11:28 AM, 13 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set Saturday, Sept. 26, as a Youth Deer Hunting Day. On this day, youth under the age of 16 may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either sex and are not required to be accompanied by an adult if they have completed a hunter education course. The Youth Deer Hunting Day provisions apply to both private and public lands. 

Hunters age 16 and older with a valid hunting license may use only the weapon that is legal for the type of season open in their county on this day. All hunters must wear hunter orange on Sept. 26, even if the hunter is using archery equipment. The use of dogs for deer hunting is allowed, if it is otherwise lawful in that particular locality.

Big game harvest report cards, commonly referred to as tags, are non-transferable and are specific to the hunter to which they are issued. Youth can obtain their own big game harvest report card from any Wildlife

Rank (0) Views 1527 On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 8:57 AM, 13 days ago

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reopened a dove field on the Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Land today.

The dove field, which had been closed since Sept. 9 due to illegal baiting, is located off Sweet Home Church Road in Bladen County.  GPS coordinates are N 34.69902, W 78.57829. Directions are: From Hwy. 242, turn onto Sweet Home Church Road and go approximately 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Bladen Lakes State Forest and drive .25 mile. Turn left and go another .25 mile to the dove field location.

Anyone who has any knowledge about the illegal baiting, which occurred prior to the dove season opening, is asked to contact the Commission’s Enforcement Division at 800-662-7137. Callers can remain anonymous.

For more information on dove hunting in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.

Rank (0) Views 3597 On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 1:00 PM, 14 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 36 trout waters in 19 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters.

Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1 and one half-hour after sunset on June 3, 2016. No natural bait may be possessed, and anglers can fish only with artificial lures with one single hook. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.

The Wildlife Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching fish. Delayed-harvest trout waters, posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs, are popular fishing destinations for anglers who

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