Rank (0) Views 286 On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 4:04 PM, 1 day 8 hours ago



DURHAM, N.C. (April 17, 2015) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program will offer a free shooting sports and archery workshop on June 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wake County Wildlife Club range, located at 1313 Coley Road in Durham.

The hands-on workshop will provide training in shotgun, rifle, bow and arrow, and crossbow. Experienced instructors will emphasize safety, proper firing techniques and offer one-on-one instruction.

“No previous experience is needed for this workshop — just an interest in shooting and archery,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “And it’s free, thanks to the Wake County Wildlife Club. Space is limited, however, so I suggest anyone interested sign up as soon as possible.”

Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The


Rank (0) Views 104 On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 1:08 PM, 1 day 11 hours ago



Raleigh, N.C. (April 17, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Tuesday, April 21st special electronic commission meeting notice.


April 21, 2015 Special Electronic Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 397 On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 2:57 PM, 3 days ago



JEFFERSON, N.C. (April 15, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will begin repair work this month on a sediment retention pond dam immediately above Trout Lake in Ashe County.

The Commission hired a contracting firm to do the work and authorized work to begin in early April, but heavy rains delayed the start of construction. The contractor expects to have the work completed by the end of April, or earlier, depending on the weather.

Trout Lake, a 2-acre impoundment that receives water from the sediment retention pond undergoing repair work, will remain open to fishing, although anglers might notice some turbidity in the water as the work progresses. Work is expected to take three weeks and Commission staff hopes to have the work completed by the time the lake receives its next stocking of trout in early May.

Staff decided to begin repair work now and not wait until the conclusion of trout fishing season this summer because stabilizing the sediment retentio


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 15, 2015) — With seven boating fatalities already reported this year in North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission urges boaters to follow a few simple steps to ensure safety.

Last year, the Wildlife Commission recorded 27 fatalities in 23 fatal boating accidents, of 130 boating accidents investigated.

“We want to help everyone have a safe, enjoyable boating experience,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “If there is a single recommendation to start with, it is: ‘Wear a life vest.’ It is an effective life-saving strategy.”

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show drowning as the cause of death in almost three-fourths of recent recreational boating fatalities, with 84 percent of victims not wearing a life vest.

“Most people who drown in a boating accident had a life vest available, but they were not wearing it when they went into the water,&a


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2015) — Responding to the recent fish kill at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout as scheduled in 2015. 

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men on April 9 for tampering with the water intake at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery, killing 168,500 rainbow trout. The trout, which ranged in size from 5-10 inches, had been designated for stocking in 2015 and 2016. The plan to meet stocking goals includes transferring 9- to 10-inch trout from the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County to offset part of the fish that were scheduled for stocking this year. The remainder will be made up by maximizing growth on fish that were being grown for 2016.

“We build a small buffer into our production plans each year as a contingency for events such a


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people to enjoy wildlife with respect and caution, as encounters with wildlife increase in the spring, when many species bear young.

Handling, feeding or moving wildlife can harm or ultimately kill the animal, and poses a risk for human health and safety. Also, it is illegal to keep native wildlife as a pet in North Carolina.

“Well-meaning people can do tremendous harm when attempting to ‘rescue’ young animals,” said Ann May, an extension wildlife biologist. “One of the best approaches to protecting young wildlife is to keep pets, especially cats, indoors.”

Many species, such as white-tailed deer, do not constantly stay with their young and only return to feed them. While a fawn might look abandoned and alone, it is waiting for the female to return. A fawn is well-equipped to protect itself. By the time it is 5 days old it c


Rank (0) Views 440 On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 11:29 AM, 8 days ago



ARAPAHOE, N.C. (April 10, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Dawson Creek Boating Access Area in Pamlico County after completing renovations this week.

The site is located at 303 Creek Place Road in Arapahoe and provides access to the Neuse River. Wildlife Commission staff constructed a concrete boat ramp, an 8-foot x 56-foot floating dock and a gravel parking lot with space for four cars and 17 vehicles with trailers.

The entire area is ADA accessible with a dedicated single-vehicle parking space, a dedicated space for a vehicle with trailer, paved sidewalks and assist rails on the dock.

Dawson Creek offers excellent fishing opportunities for popular freshwater and saltwater game species, such as largemouth bass and sunfish in the upper part of the creek, and  speckled sea trout, redfish  and flounder in other parts of the creek.

The Commission paid for the renovation of the Dawson Creek Boating Access Area using m


Rank (0) Views 343 On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 9:24 AM, 8 days ago



WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (April 10, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will temporarily close the Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range on Cold Mountain Game Land on April 13-17 for routine maintenance and repairs.

Each spring, Commission staff closes the range, which is located in Haywood County, to clean the grounds, shore the backstop, grade the shooting lanes, and then seed, fertilize and lime the lanes. Staff also will repair and grade the parking area and entrance road, as well as repair or replace shooting benches as needed. The range is scheduled to reopen on April 18.

The Wildlife Commission does not staff the Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range, but it is open to the public free of charge during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. No shooting is allowed on Sundays. Shooters are allowed to use pistols, rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders on the range, which features five shooting lanes.

The range does not have an address, but it is located near Waynesville in Hayw


Rank (0) Views 1900 On Thu, Apr 09, 2015 12:38 PM, 9 days ago



DANBURY, N.C. (April 9, 2015) — Rainbow trout will be introduced in a 12-acre lake at Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County as part of a joint effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. 

The stocking program to be launched April 10 provides a unique opportunity for recreational trout fishing outside of traditional mountain trout waters and is particularly accessible to children, older anglers and mobility-impaired individuals. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will stock the lake with 1,200 catchable-sized rainbow trout in April and October of each year. The stocking effort complements a new, handicapped-accessible pier built in 2013 in a cooperative effort between the Commission and State Parks to enhance fishing opportunities in the park. 

Although a North Carolina fishing license is required for anglers 16 years old and over at the lake, a separate trout fishing license will not be re


Rank (0) Views 194 On Thu, Apr 09, 2015 12:22 PM, 9 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

·        Sandhills Game Land in Moore County (171 acres – GPS coordinates: -79*32.989  35 05.814) See map to right

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

WHEN: April 9, 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.


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SHELBY, N.C. (April 8, 2015) — With a symbolic turn of earth from 15 shovels, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners officially broke ground Monday for a new state-of-the-art public shooting range, just north of Shelby.

The range, which is located at 250 Fielding Road, will have a 250-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet/trap courses and a 3D archery course. The facility will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement for practice, training and recreational use. Expected completion date is early fall.

Partnerships played a key role in planning the shooting range, said Mallory Martin, chief deputy director of the Wildlife Commission, who was one of several speakers at the ceremony.

“The shooting range speaks to the power of partnerships and what can be accomplished with partners, such as Cleveland County,” Martin said. “The result of thi


Rank (0) Views 183 On Wed, Apr 08, 2015 11:27 AM, 10 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

·        Sandhills Game Land in Scotland County (260 acres – GPS coordinates: 34.9853  79.4414) See map to right

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

WHEN: April 8, 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.

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