Rank (0) Views 1351 On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 10:11 AM, 1 day 9 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2015-16 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Below are the 2015-16 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30. Possession limits are three times the daily bag unless otherwise noted.

The Commission has elected to participate in the Light Goose Conservation Order Season, which begins Feb. 15, 2016.  This season will allow unplugged guns, electronic calls, extended shooting hours and no daily bag limit.  A free permit is required.  More information will be available at www.ncwildlife.org/lightgoose on Sept. 1.  These expanded hunting methods are not allowed during the regular light goose season that starts on Oct. 13, and a daily bag limit of 25 applies during the regular light goose season.  A Light Goose Conservation Order Season Permit i

Rank (0) Views 295 On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 4:51 PM, 2 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today approved a proposal to re-designate approximately 157 acres on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land from an All Weapons Game Land to an Archery Zone, Gun Free Zone, and a Restricted Firearms Zone.

The re-designation will go into effect when Commission staff posts the boundaries on the game land, which is located in Durham County.  The affected section encompasses 139 acres of Archery Zone, of which 40 acres is further designated as a Guns Free Zone. The Archery Zone designation restricts hunters to the use of bow-and-arrow hunting and falconry only; the Gun Free Zone prohibits the possession of any firearm. The remaining 18 acres is designated as a Restricted Firearms Zone, where hunting with centerfire rifles is prohibited. See detailed map for zones.

The Commission is re-designating this section of the game land because of its close proximity to Little River Elementary School and Dur

Rank (0) Views 250 On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 10:38 AM, 2 days ago

To celebrate North Carolina’s rich hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation heritage, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting or supporting seven family-friendly events across the state on Sept. 26.

The events, part of National Hunting and Fishing Day 2015, will be open to the public free of charge, with the exception of two Greenwing fishing events. Each event will feature a variety of hands-on, outdoor-related activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Activities and exhibits will vary from event to event, but all will provide opportunities for participants to connect with nature while improving outdoor skills in fishing, kayaking, archery, air rifle shooting, fly-casting, identifying aquatic insects, outdoor cooking, arrowhead making and much more.

Other activities include retrieving demonstrations by sporting dogs, live reptile and amphibian exhibits and live birds of prey exhibits.

Event locations and times are: John E. Pechmann Fishing Educati

Rank (0) Views 379 On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 4:47 PM, 3 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Quality Deer Management Association, is conducting two free, introductory deer seminars in September at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education Center in Raleigh.

The first seminar, “Deer Hunting 101,” will be held on Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will cover topics to help novice hunters improve their hunting abilities. Topics include:
Deer behavior and habitat
 Scouting techniques
 Firearms and archery equipment
North Carolina hunting license and regulations requirements
Tree stand safety

The second seminar, “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer,” will be held on Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Topics covered will include field dressing, processing techniques and taxidermy. Participants also will have a taste-testing to learn the different ways to cook and serve venison.

While both seminar

Rank (0) Views 558 On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 3:40 PM, 5 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 24, 2015)  Download the August 27th Commission Meeting agenda package below.

August 27, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 27.5 MB)

Rank (0) Views 571 On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 9:11 AM, 5 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will continue the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign throughout Labor Day weekend.

According to data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol was the leading factor in 21 percent of recreational boating deaths in 2014. Additionally, alcohol remains the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

“Be safe and have a designated driver for the road and the water,” said Lt. Sam Craft, a spokesman for the campaign. “Don’t let an arrest or accident spoil your end-of-summer fun. Boat operators charged with operating while impaired must make a court appearance and could face a maximum $1,000 fine and jail time.”

“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” concentrates on the three major summer holi

Rank (0) Views 596 On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 6:59 PM, 7 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 21, 2015) Download the PDFs below for the August 26th committee meetings' agendas. 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. HNGES Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. HNGES/Big Game Joint Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 3:00 p.m. -3:45 p.m. Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF) TBA Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 1935 On Wed, Aug 19, 2015 4:50 PM, 10 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission resumed stocking Hatchery Supported trout waters today after receiving confirmation that trout from Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in Marion and Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Brevard tested negative for whirling disease, a disorder affecting trout.

Whirling disease affects fish in the trout and salmon family. 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 Commission will not retroactively stock Hatchery Supported locations that did not receive fish during the hatchery-testing period due to recent drought conditions and concerns of high water temperatures at those locations.

The Commission also has implemented safeguards to reduce th

Rank (0) Views 520 On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 1:25 PM, 11 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 18, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, August 26th committee meetings' notice. August 26, 2015 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 432 On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 10:26 AM, 11 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

Suggs Mill Pond Game Land – 60 acres in Bladen County.  GPS coordinates: 34 49.2’ , -78 40.7’

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

WHEN: Aug. 18, 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

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following

Rank (0) Views 403 On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 3:50 PM, 12 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 17, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, August 27th commission meeting notice. August 27, 2015 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 482 On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 12:16 PM, 12 days ago

FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a new location and a new exhibit for the 2015 Mountain State Fair, which will open Sept. 11-20.

The agency will be located in the new Davis Center exhibition building on the grounds of Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, in Fletcher, just west of Asheville. The Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., Friday through Sunday, except Sunday, Sept. 20, when the exhibit will close at 9 p.m.

New at the agency’s wildlife exhibit this year are several hands-on activities suitable for curious minds and little hands, such as a papier-mâché tree trunk with animal pelts inserted into “knot holes” that children can touch, as well as synthetic “scat” that children can touch and identify.

Two wildlife species native to we

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