Rank (0) Views 420 On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 5:25 PM, 1 day 18 hours ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 31, 2015) — Following confirmation of whirling disease in rainbow trout from the Watauga River in North Carolina, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are concerned about potential significant impacts the disease may have on other trout populations, in particular native brook trout populations.

The disease, which is caused by a parasite, affects all species of trout and salmon; however, rainbow and brook trout, two species found in North Carolina waters, appear to be the most susceptible. Brook trout is the only trout species native to North Carolina, and it lives mainly in colder waters, which is also the preferred habitat of the parasite.

“The parasite that causes whirling disease has a highly complex life cycle, requiring two hosts in order to spread,” said Doug Besler, the mountain region fisheries supervisor for the Commission. “One of those hosts is a tubifex worm that thrives in colder water, w


Rank (0) Views 2596 On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 2:51 PM, 1 day 21 hours ago



BRYSON CITY, N.C. (July 31, 2015) — Master Officer Brian Cookston with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been honored as North Carolina’s Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2015.

The prestigious award is presented annually by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and its regional partner, the Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association. The recipient must have demonstrably made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement.

Cookston was recognized for his immediate and resourceful response to an accident involving a commercial jet boat on Fontana Lake that resulted in injuries to numerous passengers. He was instrumental in getting medical attention and other assistance to the scene, and later in aiding the U.S. Coast Guard investigation into the accident. Also cited were the numerous hours he spent in the community providing safe boating instruction, including courses through


Rank (0) Views 447 On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 4:30 PM, 2 days ago



DURHAM, N.C. (July 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a second public meeting on Aug. 13 to gather comments on a proposal to designate approximately 145 acres on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land from an All Weapons Game Land to a Safety Zone and a Restricted Firearms Zone.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13, at Durham Technical Community College, Room 107 in the Northern Durham Center, located at 2401 Snow Hill Road, Durham.

The Commission is holding this meeting to modify its original proposal to designate 45 acres from an All Weapons Game Land to an Archery Only Zone. Based on concerns regarding this section of the game land and its proximity to Little River Elementary School and Durham Technical Community College’s Northern Durham Center, the Commission has modified its proposal to include approximately 37 acres of Safety Zone and 108 acres of Restricted Firearms Zone.  Discharging any weapon within a pos


Rank (0) Views 6899 On Wed, Jul 29, 2015 3:52 PM, 3 days ago



FOSCOE, N.C. (July 29, 2015) – Whirling disease, a disorder affecting trout, has been confirmed in rainbow trout collected from Watauga River near Foscoe in Watauga County — the first occurrence of the disease in North Carolina.

Whirling disease affects fish in the trout and salmon family with rainbow and brook trout, two species found in North Carolina waters, being the most susceptible. The disease, caused by the microscopic parasite Myxobolus cerebralis, damages cartilage and skeletal tissue in a fish, causing it to swim in a whirling motion. While often fatal to juvenile fish, the disease does not infect humans or pets, and eating an infected fish is not known to cause any harmful effects.

The parasite that causes whirling disease was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 1956. Since then, whirling disease has been confirmed in other states, with varying degrees of severity. In some states, whirling disease has been observed in isolated cases and has had l


Rank (0) Views 2641 On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 2:41 PM, 11 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 21, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has removed the Catawba Game Land from its Game Land Program at the request of the owner, Crescent Resources.

This change will remove 913 acres from the Game Land Program.  However, parts or all of 12 other game lands totaling 107,500 acres are located within a 50-mile radius of the former Catawba Game Land and offer outstanding opportunities for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational opportunities.  These game lands include: Alcoa, Buffalo Cove, Johns River, Kerr Scott, Linwood, Perkins, Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah WRC, Second Creek, South Mountains, Thurmond Chatham and Uwharrie National Forest.

The Commission owns or manages more than 2 million acres of public and private land in North Carolina for public hunting, fishing, trapping wildlife-watching and other outdoor-recreation uses. Visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting for an interactive map, as well as more i


Rank (0) Views 1294 On Mon, Jul 20, 2015 4:06 PM, 12 days ago



KINSTON, N.C. (July 20, 2015) — Although she didn’t catch any fish during a National Fishing and Boating Week event in June, 12-year-old Hannah Ball  reeled in a much bigger prize from the event — a lifetime unified sportsman license, courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston. 

Hannah, of Deep Run, won the lifetime license after registering at the Neuseway Nature Park kids’ fishing event in Kinston. She, along with Faith Duncan, 10, of Madison, won the grand prize and first prize, respectively, in a random statewide drawing involving 36 fishing events held across North Carolina in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2015. Faith won a lifetime comprehensive inland fishing license, courtesy of the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited.

In addition to Hannah and Faith, 150 other young anglers won fishing-related prizes, given away by Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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Rank (0) Views 1024 On Mon, Jul 20, 2015 2:01 PM, 12 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 20, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public comment on its draft 2015 North Carolina Wildlife Action Plan ­— a comprehensive document that identifies Species of Greatest Conservation Need and other priority fish and wildlife species as well as their habitats.

The document is available for public review and comment from July 20 until Aug. 18, 2015. 

The Commission is updating its 2005 Wildlife Action Plan with the assistance of numerous state and federal agencies, conservation organizations and citizen stakeholders. The 2015 draft describes the threats facing Species of Greatest Conservation Need and their habitats, and recommends measures to address current and emerging threats over the next 10 years. The plan also provides information about ongoing efforts to protect and conserve the state’s fish and wildlife species and their habitats — from mammals to fish, crustaceans, and rept


Rank (0) Views 797 On Mon, Jul 20, 2015 9:34 AM, 13 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 20, 2015) — While she may have caught only five little sunfish at the kids’ Farris Park Fishing Derby, Faith Duncan, of Madison, reeled in a much bigger prize — a lifetime freshwater fishing license, courtesy of N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited.

Faith, 10, won the prize after registering at the free fishing event on June 6. She, along with Hannah Ball, 12, of Deep Run, were the first prize and grand prize winners, respectively, in the random statewide drawing, sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and held in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2015. Hannah won the grand prize — a lifetime unified sportsman license, sponsored by Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston.

In addition to Faith and Hannah, 150 other young anglers won fishing-related prizes, given away by Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston and the Commission.

Faith’s lifetime freshwater fishing license gives her fishing privileges in all pub


Rank (0) Views 17277 On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 1:37 PM, 15 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 17, 2015) — 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. Shooting hours for all species are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset unless otherwise noted. Dove hunters should note that shooting hours for the entire season, including opening day, begin at ½ hour before sunrise. The change to opening day shooting hours for doves was implemented several years ago. 


Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provide frameworks from which to select the seasons and the Wildlife Commission chooses the actual dates within these guidelines. The Wildlife Commission requested public input on the seasons throughout June on its website.


The 2015–16 seasons for webless migratory game birds and waterfowl early seasons are: &


Rank (0) Views 626 On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 12:45 PM, 15 days ago



SALISBURY, N.C. (July 17, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Rowan County Parks and Recreation Department, recently constructed a universally accessible fishing pier on the 10-acre lake in Dan Nicholas Park in Salisbury.

The T-shaped pier extends 60 feet into the lake and spans 48 feet across the “T.” Staff constructed alternating high and low handrails on the pier to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast. Staff also constructed a universally accessible sidewalk that leads to the pier.

Anglers fishing at Dan Nicholas Park can catch and release largemouth bass and a variety of sunfishes. In addition, the Commission stocks 700 channel catfish in the lake annually, allowing anglers to keep up to six catfish per day with no minimum size limit. All other statewide fishing regulations apply.

The Wildlife Commission paid for the construction of the fishing pier and sidewalk using funds from the Sport


Rank (0) Views 639 On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 8:22 AM, 16 days ago



152 Anglers Statewide Win Prizes in National Fishing and Boating Week Drawing

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 17, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, presented two young anglers with lifetime licenses at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh yesterday.

Hannah Ball, 12, of Deep Run in Lenoir County, received her unified lifetime sportsman license, and Faith Duncan, 10, of Madison in Rockingham County, received her lifetime comprehensive inland fishing license as part of a statewide drawing for participants in 36 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were held earlier this summer in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2015.

In addition to Hannah and Faith, 150 other young anglers across the state won fishing-related prizes — from rods and reels and tackle boxes courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop to mini-tackle boxes, fishing towels and fish playi


Rank (0) Views 1528 On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 3:47 PM, 16 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 16, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously elected a new chairman and vice-chairman during its business meeting today to preside over the governing board of the state regulatory agency.

John Litton Clark, of Clinton and the District 4 commissioner, will serve as chairman. John T. Coley IV, of Holly Springs and a Governor At Large Appointee, will serve as vice chairman.

Clark replaces James W. Cogdell of Norwood, who is the District 6 commissioner. Coley replaces Clark, the newly elected chairman.

The 19-member Commission establishes policies and regulations governing boating, hunting, trapping and inland fishing, and wildlife-conservation activities in North Carolina. Appointments to the Commission are made by the Governor, the Speaker of the State House and the President Pro Tempore of the N.C. Senate, with commissioners serving until reappointed or replaced.

As required by General Statute, at the first scheduled meeting a

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