Rank (0) Views 67 On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 3:13 PM, 17 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 11, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Feb. 24 to receive any additional public comments on adoption of a rule for a no-wake zone requested by the City of Havelock in Craven County.  

Comments may also be submitted by email to Betsy Haywood at betsy.haywood@ncwildlife.org or by mail to NCWRC, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701 until April 1, 2016.

The hearing, which begins at 10 a.m., will be held in the 5th floor commission room at the agency’s headquarters, located at 1751 Varsity Drive in Raleigh.

The City of Havelock requested that the Commission adopt rulemaking to establish a no-wake zone on a portion of Slocum Creek near the US 70 Bridge Boat Ramp, extending east approximately 1650 feet.

The proposal would mitigate hazards to water safety caused by motorboat traffic near the boat ramp at unregulated speed, interfering with paddle boat enthusiasts who use that p

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 11, 2016) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission today announced additional steps to strengthen their long-standing conservation partnership and said the lake at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in Swan Quarter, North Carolina, will be the big winner.

Today’s announcement builds on a commitment put in place in December 2014 to collaborate more closely on efforts to improve Lake Mattamuskeet’s ecosystem and enhance public access.  

At the same time, this new Memorandum of Understanding signed on Thursday clearly outlines the distinct roles of the two agencies and the lands they manage, and it identifies specific programs they will work closely together to fulfill the purpose of the Refuge and objectives of its Comprehensive Conservation Plan.  

This understanding paves the way for stronger collaboration, co-managing more than a dozen projects aimed at ad

Rank (0) Views 195 On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 1:25 PM, 1 day 19 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 10, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the 2016 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments, marking the 38th year for the popular statewide, pre-collegiate shooting sports events.

 The Commission will conduct nine district-level competitions in March, with thousands of middle school and high school students taking part. Teams will compete in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, as well as an orienteering challenge and a wildlife exam.

The 2016 schedule:

• March 5, Chatham Wildlife Club near Bear Creek, Chatham County (District 5)

• March 12, Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, Tyrrell County (District 1)

• March 12, New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association Range in Castle Hayne, New Hanover County (District 2)

• March 12, Hunting Creek Preserve in Harmony, Iredell County (District 7)

• March 15, Coharie Shooting Range near Clinton, Sa

Rank (0) Views 494 On Mon, Feb 08, 2016 8:21 PM, 3 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (February 8, 2016)  Download the February 11th Commission Meeting agenda package below.

February 11, 2016 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 18.7 MB)

Rank (0) Views 404 On Mon, Feb 08, 2016 8:30 AM, 4 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (February 10, 2016) Download the PDFs below for the February 10th committee meetings' agendas.

  Please note: The Small Game and Wild Turkey Committee will meet in the Auditorium on the First Floor of Centennial Campus.  All other Committee meetings will meet as usual in the Commission Room of Centennial Campus. --> 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. HNGES Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF) 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. HNGES/Big Game Joint Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Auditorium, First Floor of Centennial Campus) Small Game and Wild Turkey Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting Agen

Rank (0) Views 903 On Fri, Feb 05, 2016 3:24 PM, 6 days ago

UPDATE - FEB. 9, 2016. Burch Station in Surry County, Roaring River and Ferguson in Wilkes County are reopened.

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.  
  Yadkin Shore in Yadkin 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 433 On Fri, Feb 05, 2016 2:18 PM, 6 days 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 1832 On Fri, Feb 05, 2016 12:42 PM, 6 days 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 522 On Tue, Feb 02, 2016 3:56 PM, 9 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 527 On Tue, Feb 02, 2016 3:07 PM, 9 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 7594 On Mon, Feb 01, 2016 1:09 PM, 10 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 580 On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 5:35 PM, 16 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.

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