Rank (0) Views 4083 On Thu, Oct 01, 2015 3:34 PM, 2 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 244 On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 11:48 AM, 4 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 627 On Fri, Sep 25, 2015 4:32 PM, 8 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 3524 On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 1:47 PM, 10 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 30098 On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 11:28 AM, 10 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 1468 On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 8:57 AM, 10 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 3408 On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 1:00 PM, 11 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

Rank (0) Views 1079 On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 11:32 AM, 11 days ago

UPDATE 9/24 -The Rose Hill Farms event has been postponed until Oct. 31, 2015 due to inclement weather.

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2015) – Learn more about fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation this weekend as nine family-friendly events supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission get underway. With the exception of two Greenwing fishing events, all events are free.

The events, celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day, will be held across the state on Sept. 26. Times and activities vary for each event, although each event will provide opportunities for participants to connect with nature while practicing outdoor skills in fishing, kayaking, archery, air rifle shooting, fly-casting, identifying aquatic insects, reptiles and amphibians and much more. 

Other activities include outdoor cooking, lure making, retrieving demonstrations by sporting dogs and live birds of prey exhibits. Events, times and locations are:


Rank (0) Views 7287 On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 2:52 PM, 12 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2015) – Want to help feed the hungry? The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the N.C. Wildlife Federation, is offering hunters free use of a mobile cooler to collect and transport deer safely to participating USDA-certified processors for donation to the N.C. Hunters for the Hungry program.

Qualifying conservation and charitable organizations and organized hunt clubs can reserve the deer cooler on a first-come, first-serve basis Monday through Thursday each week until Jan. 1, by submitting an online application, available on the Commission’s website at www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.  

The cooler, which is stored at the Commission’s Williamston Depot in Martin County, measures 6 feet by 12 feet and is attached to a 7-by-16-foot trailer that can transport the cooler to and from hunting events and approved N.C. Hunters for the Hungry processors. The cooler is powered by a 6,800-watt generator and can hold up

Rank (0) Views 227 On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 10:09 AM, 12 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

Whitehall Plantation Game Land –  70 acres in Bladen County.  GPS coordinates: 34 30.7’, -78 24.6’ 3 miles northwest of Kelly

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

WHEN: Sept. 21, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commission conducts prescribed burns by reading our “Prescribed Burns Benefit Wildlife” blog.

Rank (0) Views 678 On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 8:46 AM, 15 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (September 18, 2015) Download the PDF below for the September 22nd Land Use and Access Committee meeting agenda. Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 538 On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 4:41 PM, 17 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (September 16, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, October 22nd commission meeting notice. October 22, 2015 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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