Rank (0) Views 86 On Fri, Feb 05, 2016 3:24 PM, 10 hours ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed the following boating and fishing access areas in northwestern North Carolina due to damages sustained from severe flash flooding earlier this week.  
  Burch Station in Surry County
  Yadkin Shore in Yadkin County
  Elkin Boating Access Area in Surry County
  Roaring River in Wilkes County
  Ferguson in Wilkes County

Commission staff has begun work to repair the damage and will reopen the areas upon completion.

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including the locations of more than 200 free, publicly accessible boating access areas, visit the Commission’s online locater map, or visit the boating page. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit the fishing page.


Rank (0) Views 53 On Fri, Feb 05, 2016 2:18 PM, 11 hours ago



Raleigh, N.C. (February 5, 2016) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, February 11th commission meeting agenda. February 11, 2016 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 65 On Fri, Feb 05, 2016 12:42 PM, 13 hours ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2016) — Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And where there’s fire, at least on a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission game land, there’s usually a prescribed burn — one of the best and most cost-effective methods of managing habitat for wildlife.

A prescribed burn, or an intentional burning of vegetation under strict and specific circumstances, helps restore and maintain wildlife habitat. It is a cost-effective tool that the Commission uses to create and maintain suitable and ample wildlife habitat on game lands throughout the state.

The most common prescribed burns conducted by the Commission are restoration burns and maintenance burns. Restoration burns are done on fire-dependent habitats that haven’t been burned in years. Maintenance burns are repeated burns that restore and maintain fire-adapted habitats.

Commission staff typically conducts maintenance burns in multi-year cycles to


Rank (0) Views 269 On Tue, Feb 02, 2016 3:56 PM, 3 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (February 2, 2016) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, February 10th committee meetings' notice. February 10, 2016 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 268 On Tue, Feb 02, 2016 3:07 PM, 3 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2016) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering four outdoors programs in February at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

The events, which are free, are open on a first-come, first-serve basis and pre-registration is required by registering online. Feb. 4 – Leader Building from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to participants 12 and older. One often overlooked aspect of fly fishing is the leader. This workshop covers why different leaders make fly fishing more effective. Participants will construct their own leaders —both furled and hand-tied.

  Feb. 5 – Fly Selection 101 from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to participants 12 and older. Participants will spend the morning with Pisgah Center staff learning the basics of various fly patterns, including when and how to use them. Discussions will include nymph, emerger, dry fly and terrestrial flies.

  Feb. 17 – Fl


Rank (0) Views 3892 On Mon, Feb 01, 2016 1:09 PM, 4 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 24 free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March and April in anticipation of the upcoming spring turkey season.

The seminars, which will be conducted on introductory and advanced levels, will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at 12 locations throughout the state. They are open on a first-come, first-serve basis to all ages, although participants 16 years and younger will need parental permission to register.

Pre-registration is required. Register online.

The introductory seminars are designed for novice turkey hunters or those who have never hunted turkey, but all are welcome. Topics will include biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and ammo selection, camouflage clothing, and turkey cleaning and cooking techniques.

The advanced seminars are for experienced turkey hunters, but all are welcome. Focus will be on advanced b


Rank (0) Views 424 On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 5:35 PM, 10 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 26, 2016) — It’s not too late to recognize someone who is a leader in nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina with a nomination for the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award.

The award, now in its 11th year, is presented to individuals who have a passion for wildlife conservation and who have made outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will accept nominations through Jan. 29. Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a detailed essay describing the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina. Submissions that fail to follow length guidelines will be disqualified and returned to the nominator.

Download the nomination form at ncwildlife.org. Click on the “Thomas L. Quay Award” scrolling icon located at the bottom of the home page. Submit nominations by: E-mail to melinda.huebner@ncwildlife.


Rank (0) Views 15600 On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 10:08 AM, 11 days ago



WHITTIER, N.C. (Jan. 25, 2016) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advises trout anglers fishing in western North Carolina waters to be especially diligent when cleaning their fishing equipment after didymo, a nuisance algae, was found in the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County.

Researchers from Tennessee Tech University collected cells of the microscopic algae while conducting regional surveys in late 2015 — the first time the organism has been documented in North Carolina. Didymo, also called rock snot, is the common name of Didymosphenia geminata, a freshwater diatom species that can produce thick algal mats along stream bottoms. The mats can be so thick that they alter stream habitats and make fishing difficult.

Because didymo can be spread easily from waterbody to waterbody, Commission biologists recommend that trout anglers take the following steps to avoid spreading the algae:

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Rank (0) Views 512 On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 9:22 AM, 15 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 21, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE:  Two locations: Roanoke River Game Land – 24 acres in Martin County. GPS coordinates: 35*54.0 77*6.4

Sandhills Game Land - 62 acres in Richmond County. GPS coordinates: 35*00.537 79*34.427

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce hazards and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: Jan. 21, 2016

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 481 On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 11:45 AM, 17 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location: Sandhills Game Land – 148 acres in Richmond County. GPS coordinates: 34 58.174 -79 35.765

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce hazards and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: Jan. 19, 2016

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 478 On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 9:19 AM, 17 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location: Green Swamp Game Land – 191 acres in Brunswick County. GPS coordinates: -78 12.1 34 6.2

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce hazards and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: Jan. 19, 2016

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 387 On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 11:47 AM, 22 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

·        North River Game Land – 38 acres in Camden County. GPS coordinates: 35° 16.4’ North 76° 1.7’ West

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce hazards and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: Jan. 14, 2016

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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