Rank (0) Views 377 On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:26 PM, 2 days ago



HIGHLANDS, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2014) — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for anglers’ assistance after gill lice were found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County.

Staff with the Little Tennessee Land Trust found the gill lice in September while sampling fish with the Commission near Highlands. The discovery marked the first time that gill lice have been documented in North Carolina waters. Biologists are concerned what affect these tiny, white crustaceans — also known as copepods — could have on native brook trout populations.

As their name implies, gill lice attach to a fish’s gills, which can traumatize gills and inhibit the fish’s ability to breathe. While most fish are able to tolerate a moderate infestation of gill lice, if they’re suffering from other stressors, such as drought and high water temperatures, fish kills and p


Rank (0) Views 255 On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 8:55 AM, 5 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 16, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the Suggs Mill Game Land, in Bladen County.

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: Dec. 16, 2014

WHERE: One location:

·        Approximately 100 acres in the vicinity of 5273 Live Oak Methodist Church Rd. in White Oak, N.C.


Rank (0) Views 1088 On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 3:54 PM, 9 days ago



COINJOCK, N.C. (Dec. 12, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a limited number of permits remaining for a special youth-only waterfowl hunt on Jan. 31 on Currituck Sound.

The cost is $5 per youth hunter and the deadline to purchase a permit is close of business, Jan. 15. Permits can be purchased at any wildlife service agent location, online, or by calling 1-888-248-6834.

The hunt is for youth between 12-15 years old. Youth hunters must hold hunter education certification to participate in this permit hunt. During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult is not allowed to hunt and does not need a permit. Both the youth and accompanying adult must attend a mandatory orientation session on Jan. 30.

“All participants are provided guidance and assistance every step of the way,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and adults always have fun and le


Rank (0) Views 25166 On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 5:15 PM, 10 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons.

Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity. The proposals meet the General Assembly’s directive and follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chronic Wasting Disease Program standards when regulating deer, elk and other ruminants in the cervid family. In addition, the temporary rules would allow captive cervid licensees to sell antlers, antler velvet and hides from the animals held at their facilities.

Of interest to anglers are 36 proposals including additions to Public Mountain Trout Waters and modification of size and creel limits for reservoir striped bass and Bodie bass (hybrid striped bass).

More information on all of the pro


Rank (0) Views 5522 On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 1:37 PM, 10 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold three public hearings in January to receive comments on rules regarding conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina and the designation of the red wolf as a state listed threatened species.

The public hearings will begin at 7 p.m. on these dates and locations:
Jan. 5 at the Columbia High School auditorium, 902 East Main Street, Columbia, for temporary rulemaking.
Jan. 20 at Swain Auditorium, 200 East Church Street, Edenton, for permanent rulemaking and as part of the District 1 annual public hearing.
Jan. 21 at the courthouse, 302 Broad Street, New Bern, for permanent rulemaking and as part of the District 2 annual public hearing.  

As amended, the rule regulating coyote hunting, 15A NCAC 10B .0219, would prohibit all nighttime hunting of coyotes in the counties of Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington coun


Rank (0) Views 3908 On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 4:21 PM, 11 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission stocked more than 1,000 catchable-sized brook, brown and rainbow trout today in the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center’s ponds in Fayetteville.

The trout were stocked in preparation for four basic fly-fishing clinics open to the public starting in January. The clinics are scheduled for Jan. 3, 17 and 31, and Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Wildlife Commission designed the clinics for participants who have limited or no experience fly fishing. Instructors will teach the basics of fly-casting. They also will teach multiple fly-casting techniques, including on-the-water instruction. 

Two additional clinics for Boy Scouts who want to earn fly-fishing merit badges are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 14.

In addition to stocking the ponds today, the Commission is providing loaner rods, reels and tackle to participants in all clinics.

Kristopher Smith, Pechmann


Rank (0) Views 977 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 4:52 PM, 16 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (December 5, 2015)  Download the PDFs below for the December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting agenda and agenda package. 
December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Agenda (PDF)
December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Agenda Package (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 1679 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 4:42 PM, 16 days ago



SWAN QUARTER (Dec. 5, 2014) – Tomorrow Cynthia Dohner, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Gordon Myers, Executive Director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, will strengthen a joint commitment to the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge and its centerpiece Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County, North Carolina. 

The two agencies will announce details of this commitment at 12:30 p.m. Saturday during Swan Days at the Refuge.  It marks the latest action the two agencies have taken in the past 18 months to strengthen their conservation partnership.

The memorandum outlining this joint commitment provides a framework for continued collaboration and cooperation between the Service and the Commission on efforts to improve Lake Mattamuskeet’s aquatic environment and enhance public access to the lake for a variety of recreational uses.  Earlier this


Rank (0) Views 3731 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 2:34 PM, 16 days ago



HOFFMAN, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2014) — The robust redhorse, a rare fish that occurs in North Carolina only in the Pee Dee River, is getting a boost in population, thanks to a partnership between state and federal wildlife agencies, universities, private industry and the conservation community.

In October, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Duke Energy, released 13,000 robust redhorse, averaging 4 inches in length, into a stretch of the Pee Dee River, just downstream of Blewett Falls Dam in Richmond County.

The stocking effort was the latest step in a long-term conservation plan developed by the Robust Redhorse Conservation Committee, which is leading restoration efforts for the imperiled fish.

Once commonly found in the Pee Dee River, robust redhorse are large, long-lived fish in the sucker family. They can reach up to 31 inches in length and weigh up to 18 pounds. Its thick, robust body with rose-color


Rank (0) Views 420 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 9:04 AM, 16 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (December 5, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Tuesday, December 9th special electronic meeting notice.

December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 819 On Thu, Dec 04, 2014 11:40 AM, 17 days ago



GREENSBORO, N.C. (Dec. 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department to renovate the public fishing access area in Oka T. Hester Park in Guilford County.

After park staff demolished and removed an old fishing pier and associated building, the Wildlife Commission constructed a new pier and concrete sidewalks that connect the pier to the parking lot. The universally accessible pier extends 64 feet into the pond with a 48-foot wide t-section at the end.

Oka T. Hester Park participates in the Commission’s Community Fishing Program, which enhances fishing opportunities in city and county parks statewide through fish stockings and other fishing amenities, such as piers. At Hester Park, Commission staff stocks approximately 5,000 8- to 12-inch channel catfish into the pond annually. In addition to catfish, anglers fishing the pond can expect to catch largemouth bass and a variety of sunfish


Rank (0) Views 1367 On Mon, Dec 01, 2014 2:36 PM, 20 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 1, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two free introduction to waterfowl hunting seminars this month at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The seminars are scheduled for Dec. 9 and 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with online pre-registration required. The seminars are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with limited space available. Click here to pre-register.

The Wildlife Commission partnered with the Delta Waterfowl Foundation to design seminars for both new and experienced waterfowl hunters. Chris Williams, senior director of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, will conduct the seminars. Topics include waterfowl identification and biology, hunting methods, decoys and calling, firearms and ammunition selection, specialty clothing, watercraft, water safety, cleaning and cooking birds and how to gain additional hunting information.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is located on

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