Rank (0) Views 1724 On Fri, Mar 06, 2015 10:17 AM, 6 hours ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 6, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission yesterday approved 57 changes to the state’s game land, wildlife management and inland fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons.

Effective dates for new regulations are May 1, 2015 for game land regulation changes and Aug. 1, 2015 for wildlife management and inland fishing regulation changes.

Game Land Regulations Changes

The Commission approved 14 changes to game land regulations that include prohibiting all target shooting on both Holly Shelter and Stones Creek game lands in Pender and Onslow counties, as well as seven other game lands across the state that are within a 30-mile radius of a current or planned shooting range facility. These game lands are:
Angola Bay Game Land, in Duplin and Pender counties;
 Cape Fear River Game Land in New Hanover and Pender counties;
 R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land in Caswell County;
Nicholson Creek Game Land and Ro


Rank (0) Views 681 On Thu, Mar 05, 2015 12:54 PM, 1 day 3 hours ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 5, 2015) — After receiving numerous reports of damaged property on Holly Shelter  and Stones Creek game lands, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding target shooters that it is illegal to remove, damage or destroy state property.

Target shooters recently have used signs, gates, trees, shrubs and other vegetation on the game lands as make-shift targets and backstops. Shooting any kind of structure on a game land is considered destruction of state property and is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable at the discretion of the court.

Holly Shelter and Stones Creek game lands encompass nearly 67,000 acres in Pender and Onslow counties and are popular destinations for hunters, anglers, birders, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. They also have become popular destinations for target shooters. But without a designated place to shoot, target shooters have set up temporary target areas throughout the game lands, which has resulted in si


Rank (0) Views 269 On Tue, Mar 03, 2015 2:13 PM, 3 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 3, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently awarded $30,000 to local governments for conservation-friendly development projects — $10,000 each to three local governments that met or exceeded goals to incorporate wildlife habitat conservation in land-use planning.

The Cape Fear Council of Governments, Harnett County and Jackson County were the first recipients of funds provided through the “Partners for Green Growth,” a pilot program that reimburses cost-share funds of $10,000 or $20,000 and provides 40 hours of technical assistance to applicants whose planning projects qualify.

The new partnership program provides assistance to local governments to build wildlife habitat conservation into their local development plans and laws so that natural areas, resources and wildlife are better connected across the landscape and less impacted by development — an approach that also has many economic benefi


Rank (0) Views 645 On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 4:58 PM, 6 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (February 27, 2015) Download the March 5th commission meeting agenda package below.

March 5, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 9 MB)


Rank (0) Views 360 On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 12:05 PM, 8 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (February 26, 2015)  Download the PDF below for the March 5, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda.

March 5, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


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Raleigh, N.C. (February 26, 2015) Download the PDF's below for the March 4th committee meetings' agendas.
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Agenda (PDF)
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
12:30 - 2 p.m.  Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
2 p.m - 3:30 p.m..  Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Agenda (PDF)
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)




RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has rescheduled two public meetings seeking input on the Goose Creek, Chowan Swamp and Chowan game lands.

The meeting for the Chowan Swamp and Chowan game lands is scheduled for March 3 at 7 p.m., at the Merchant’s Millpond State Park Visitors Center, 176 Millpond Road (GPS coordinates: 36.437105, -76.701585). The meeting, originally scheduled for Feb. 16 and rescheduled to Feb. 24, was postponed both times because of inclement weather.  

The meeting for the Goose Creek Game Land is scheduled for March 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Washington Fire-EMS Station 2, located at 2064 W 15th Street, in Washington. It was scheduled originally for Feb. 18.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meetings to help guide management and user activities on game lands for the next 10 years. Chowan Swamp Game Land is located in Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties and encompasses mor


Rank (0) Views 488 On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 2:44 PM, 10 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has changed the location for the District 2 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament on March 14 to the Pitt County Wildlife Club in Pitt County.

District 2 includes Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties. The Pitt County Wildlife Club is located at 3029 Highway 222 East, Greenville, N.C.

This district-level competition for hundreds of middle school and high school students in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship was originally scheduled for the New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association Range in Castle Hayne, in New Hanover County.

“Changes to the range at Castle Hayne necessitated the changing of venues,” said local Hunter Education Specialist Chris Kent. “We want to thank the New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association for providing such a great facility for us in




RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2015) — Due to inclement weather, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s public hearing to receive comments on permanent rules regarding 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 has changed. The hearing that would have been held tonight at the Wildlife Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh has been continued to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the same location.

This change will allow people to comment on the permanent rules in person. The hearing is the second of two scheduled to receive comments on permanent rules regarding 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.

Comments also can be made online at https://ncpaws.org/PAWS/WRC/PublicComments/PublicEntry/CoyoteComments.aspx or by


Rank (0) Views 7445 On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 10:19 AM, 10 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will allow conditional daytime coyote hunting on private lands in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area by individuals issued an authorizing permit, beginning Feb. 27, 2015.

Permits to hunt coyotes on private property from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset in Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties will be available through a free, self-serve process after 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at www.ncwildlife.org. 

Hunters will be required to report all coyotes killed in the five-county area.

In North Carolina’s other 95 counties, hunting regulations allow coyote hunting on private land at any time, day or night, with no bag limit, and on public land at night with a permit. Coyotes are found in all 100 counties of the state and pose a predatory threat to pets, livestock and native wildlife. Hunting and trapping are effective tools for la


Rank (0) Views 4113 On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 10:52 AM, 11 days ago



WELDON, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30, unless closed or extended through proclamation. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per angler. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit.

Anglers are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River from April 1 through June 30. The upper Roanoke River is defined as the main river channel and all tributaries, upstream from the U.S. Highway 258


Rank (0) Views 5339 On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 3:54 PM, 14 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 4. 

While fishing is closed, Commission personnel will stock all Hatchery Supported Trout Waters in preparation for opening day. Staff stocks Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, which are marked by green-and-white signs, at frequent intervals in the spring and early summer every year.

This year, Commission personnel will stock approximately 926,000 trout — 96 percent of which average 10 inches in length, with the other 4 percent exceeding 14 inches in length.

While fishing on Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limit or bait restriction. Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are open from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until one-half hour after sunset on

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