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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 22, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that if you see an alligator, in most instances it is not necessary to do anything other than leave it alone.

Alligators have become fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during the summer.

Feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina. Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and possibly attack someone.

“Alligators are usually quite shy and secretive,” said Jonathan Shaw, a Wildlife Commission biologist. “If you encounter an alligator, the best option is to leave it alone and give it plenty of space. Alligators typically do not stay in one area for extensive periods of time. They move considerable distances and will eventually leave on their own.”

Alligator hunting or otherwise killing an alligator is prohib


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ALEXANDER, N.C. (July 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), is conducting the fifth annual NABA Butterfly Count on the Sandy Mush Game Land on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help Commission personnel and local butterfly enthusiasts count butterflies on the 2,600-acre game land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties. Participants will meet at the kiosk parking lot in front of Cedar Hill Baptist Church on 474 Cedar Hill Road in Alexander.

While Sandy Mush Game Land is managed for hunting as part of the Commission’s Game Land Program, it also attracts a wide variety of non-game species, such as birds and butterflies. Commission staff manages the game land for quality early successional habitat and frequently conducts prescribed burns, which help restore the native vegetation not only for game animals, but also for butterflies and other nongame animals that


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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 16, 2014) — When Wildlife in North Carolina, the magazine published by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was named recently as the nation’s best in its category, it reflected more than accolades as a quality publication.

The award also reflected the determination of a dedicated staff to find business sustainability in a rapidly changing marketplace. As the magazine was presented the first-place plaque by the Association for Conservation Information (ACI) on July 10 in Nebraska City, Neb., editorial staff recognized the achievement both professionally and personally.

“Beginning about four years ago, the magazine began to move toward self-sufficiency,” said Jim Wilson, editor. “We had to operate differently and market ourselves creatively. We had to — and must continue to — do so without losing the high standards of quality our readers expect.”

Wildlife in North Carolina be


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ALBEMARLE, N.C. (July 16, 2014) — With a year of fishing experience under his belt, 8-year-old Tyler Bristol of Clemmons reeled in the catch of a lifetime — a lifetime sportsman license courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston.

Tyler was the grand prize winner in a random drawing among  more than 2,200 participants who attended one of 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were held statewide in May and June as part of National Fishing and Boating Week 2014. He registered for the drawing at the June 7 Albemarle Parks Fish for Fun Day at City Park in Stanly County.

His lifetime sportsman license, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, is valued at $450. It gives Tyler statewide fishing privileges in all public waters from the mountains to the coast, as well as hunting privileges, including hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting.

Tyler, who attended the kids&


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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 14, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a falconry apprentice workshop, presented by the N.C. Falconers Guild, on Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

Falconry is hunting by means of a bird of prey, with strict state and federal requirements in place for ownership of a raptor and hunting with it. Participants at the workshop will learn about identification, anatomy and care of raptors, the history of falconry, bird training and falconry equipment. Live birds will be on hand.

The N.C. Falconers Guild was founded in 1987 to assist and advance falconry and bird-of-prey issues through education and support. The Guild works to advance scientific study of all raptorial birds and their prey species, and to conserve habitat.

“Everyone wanting to practice falconry in North Carolina has to go through an apprenticeship process and be licensed,” said Daron Barn


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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Seasons and bag limits for most species are similar to last year with the notable exception of the dove hunting season. This year, 20 additional days were allowed and the Commission added a portion of those extra days to the early October segment of the season and added the remaining extra days to late November and early December.

Now, once the dove season reopens in late November, it will run until it closes in mid-January, effectively combining the second and third seasons into one extended second season. To lengthen dove season and create the uninterrupted second season, the Commission had to open the second dove season segment on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), not the Monday prior to Thanksgiving that had become the norm for a number of years.

Hunters should also


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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, presented Riley Halstead, of Pilot Mountain, with a lifetime freshwater fishing license at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh yesterday.

Riley, 7, received her lifetime license as part of a statewide drawing for participants in 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were in held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2014. The Wildlife Commission also drew names for fishing-related prizes to send to 322 other young anglers across the state — from rods and reels and tackle boxes courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop to mini tackle boxes, T-shirts and fishing hand towels from the Commission. A list of all winners, alphabetized by last name, is listed here.

Wildlife Commission Chairman Jim Cogdell presented Riley with her certificate and lifetime license &




DURHAM, N.C. (July 9, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program will offer a free shooting sports and archery workshop on Aug. 23 at the Wake County Wildlife Club range, located at 1313 Coley Road in Durham.

The 9 a.m.-5 p.m. workshop will feature hands-on training in shotgun, rifle, bow and arrow, and crossbow. Experienced instructors will emphasize safety, proper firing techniques and offer one-on-one instruction.

“I would argue the best marksmen in the world are women, and Olympic competition tends to prove me correct,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “No previous experience is needed for this workshop — just an interest in shooting and archery. Thanks to the Wake County Wildlife Club, we will conduct this fun, no-pressure event free of charge.”

The Wake County Wildlife Club will host the workshop and provide instructio


Rank (0) Views 331 On Tue, Jul 08, 2014 4:55 PM, 13 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (July 8, 2014) — Space is still available for the inaugural Marabou Madness Fly-Tying event, which will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Fayetteville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), is hosting the free, public event, which will feature fly-tying demonstrations from accomplished fly-tiers such as Anthony Hipps, the originator of the Hipps’ popper, fly-tying contests, casting games and raffles. Proceeds from the raffles will go to the Fayetteville PHWFF, which will use the money to fund future fly-fishing activities and outings.

“This is our first year holding this event and we encourage everyone to come out to help support our wounded, active-duty military personnel and disabled veterans,” said Tom Carpenter, a fisheries educator with the Pechmann Center. “F


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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 8, 2014) — Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a transmissible and fatal neurological disease of deer and elk, was not detected in a recent statewide survey conducted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Humans are not known to contract CWD. No treatment or cure for CWD exists. Direct, animal-to-animal contact is a means of transmission, but evidence suggests that contaminated environments and equipment also present risks.

“CWD proves devastating to populations of cervids — the family of mammals that includes white-tailed deer, elk, mule deer and moose,” said Dr. Maria Palamar, wildlife veterinarian for the Commission. “The indications of this survey are welcome news.”

The diagnostic laboratory report was from a sampling of more than 3,800 free-ranging deer and elk beginning in 2013 and continuing through earlier this year. Biologists collected brain stem tissue and retropharyngeal lymph nodes from


Rank (0) Views 474 On Tue, Jul 08, 2014 3:20 PM, 14 days ago



CANDOR, N.C. (July 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Troy Boating Access Area on the Little River in Montgomery County after completing renovations last week.

The area, which is located at 2382 Pekin Road in Candor, is a popular destination for anglers looking to catch largemouth bass, bluegill, redbreast sunfish and crappie. Wildlife Commission staff completely renovated the area by constructing a new boat ramp, dock, ADA-compliant parking and kiosks, which provide information to boaters and anglers about the area and fishing opportunities.

Staff also improved the entrance road to the boat ramp.

“The ramp had degraded and had caused problems for launching some of the larger trailers,” said Dean Barbee, a conservation technician supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “The new ramp extends way beyond the old one and should be an excellent launch for all t


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Raleigh, N.C. (July 7, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Notice of Closed Session of the Committee of the Whole. Notice of Closed Session of the Committee of the Whole (PDF)

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