Rank (0) Views 1 On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 2:04 PM, 9 minutes ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends some guidelines when hunting with archery equipment, including crossbows.

“The safety considerations for using a crossbow, longbow or compound bow are similar to other hunting methods,” said Travis Casper, state hunting education coordinator. “Hunting safety is exercising caution, obeying regulations and putting into practice what you’ve learned in hunter education.

“As with any method of hunting, always point your crossbow, longbow, compound bow in a safe direction,” he said. “Only release an arrow after positively identifying your target and what’s beyond it. Never use a scope to identify a target; use binoculars instead.”

 The Home From The Hunt™ campaign advises:

 · Never carry a bow with a notc

Rank (0) Views 494 On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 4:34 PM, 21 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2014) — Motorists can help support the conservation and management of brook trout by purchasing a new conservation license plate that depicts the only native coldwater trout in the state.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will use all proceeds from sales of this plate to fund habitat protection for brook trout and to create public access to brook trout waters in North Carolina.

In 2013, the General Assembly authorized the creation of a special plate that would promote the native brook trout. Mountain trout fishing is an important component of North Carolina’s economy, with more than 92,000 mountain trout anglers having an annual economic output of $174 million, based on a 2008 report.

“Increasing public access and protecting brook trout habitat are two primary goals outlined in the Commission’s 2013 North Carolina Trout Resources Management Plan,” said Kyle Briggs, a program manager for the Commi

Rank (0) Views 425 On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 1:35 PM, 1 day 0 hours ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold two public hearings to take comments on proposed changes for captive cervid licenses and permits.

Cervids are the family of mammals that includes white-tailed deer and elk, both native to North Carolina. The proposed changes to 15A NCAC 10H .0301 would allow the Wildlife Resources Commission to issue new captivity licenses and permits for the purpose of holding cervids in captivity and allow certified herd owners to sell or transfer cervids to any licensed facility.

The first public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7 at the Iredell County Extension Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, beginning at 7 p.m.

The second public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14 at Wildlife Commission headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, beginning at 7 p.m.

The public does not have to attend a meeting to comment on the proposed changes. Comments can be emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org or mailed t

Rank (0) Views 828 On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 5:29 PM, 12 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received $1.1 million in federal funds to conserve red-cockaded woodpeckers and longleaf pine habitat in the Sandhills region. The grant came to the Wildlife Commission as part of $35 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Interior to conserve plants and animals in 20 states across the U.S., as announced yesterday by U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.

The Wildlife Commission will use its grant to acquire two land tracts in the Sandhills — the James and Sassafras tracts, which comprise 1,761 acres in eastern Richmond and northeastern Scotland counties.

Acquisition and management of the James and Sassafras tracts will allow Wildlife Commission biologists to conserve the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. These tracts will provide buffers and connect habitat between intact longleaf pine forests on previously unconnected 5,900- and 21,000-acre blo

Rank (0) Views 560 On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 1:31 PM, 13 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2014) — Two staff members with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission were honored at the 51st annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet, held in Cary on Sept. 6.

The awards, presented by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, recognize those who have an unwavering commitment to conservation and an uncommon determination to safeguard the state’s natural resources.

Bob Curry, chief of the Division of Inland Fisheries, was honored as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year, while Wildlife Officer Robert Newsome, of Marion, was honored as Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  

“For most of us, fishing is a relaxing, even contemplative pursuit,” said T. Edward Nickens, chairman of the awards committee, in his presentation remarks. “Out on the water, be it a lake or pond or stream, we can forget about stress, forget about work, forget about deadlines. Just empty our

Rank (0) Views 881 On Mon, Sep 08, 2014 7:48 AM, 15 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), is hosting a “Practical Deer Processing — from Field to Freezer” workshop at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The workshop, which is free, is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 6-9 p.m. Instructors from QDMA will provide step-by-step instructions on how to process a deer after the hunt. Topics include field dressing, skinning, taxidermy preparation, safe food-handling techniques, basic home-processing procedures, as well as equipment needed. The workshop will wrap up with a question-and-answer session.

“If you’re new to hunting or new to the task of processing your own deer, this is the workshop for you,” said Kristopher Smith, Pechmann Center director. “In addition to learning all the steps needed to take a deer from

Rank (0) Views 522 On Wed, Sep 03, 2014 2:14 PM, 20 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2014) — Learn about fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation at any of the eight events the N.C. Wildlife Resources is hosting or supporting in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day 2014.

The events, which are scheduled for Sept. 27, will be open to the public across the state 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: Outer Banks Cent

Rank (0) Views 1221 On Tue, Sep 02, 2014 2:57 PM, 20 days ago

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a contract to conduct a review of the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population to the Wildlife Management Institute. Read the Service’s full release.

Anyone interested in providing comments, concerns or information regarding the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population and the program evaluation can send an email to redwolfreview@fws.gov. 

Also, the Wildlife Management Institute is conducting a brief voluntary online survey that does not require personal identifiable information. Interested individuals may submit input to either or both. Take the survey.

Rank (0) Views 10750 On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 4:15 PM, 24 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2014-15 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Beginning Sept. 1, hunters can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online, by visiting a wildlife service agent or by calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1.

Information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, will be available on the agency’s website Sept. 1.

The following are the 2014-15 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.


a) Conventional duck bag: 6 ducks including no more than 4 scoters, 4 mallards with no more than 2 hen mallards, 3 wood ducks, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, 2

Rank (0) Views 630 On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 3:28 PM, 24 days ago

FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s exhibit at the Mountain State Fair will have fun and educational exhibits for everyone in the family to enjoy.  

The fair, which will be open Sept. 5-14, is located in Fletcher in Henderson County, just west of Asheville. The Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Hands-on activities, such as the magnetic “fishing pond” and the suction cup archery areas, hone the outdoor skills of younger attendees, while a map that identifies places to go trout fishing and displays on fisheries management and freshwater mussels will be of interest to adults. 

New for this year is a boater safety exhibit where kids can grab a lifejacket, also known as a personal flotation device, and practice fishing from a boat that is complete with working lights.

A new exhibit on th

Rank (0) Views 666 On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 1:00 PM, 25 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) —  Linda Pearsall, a life-long conservationist and architect of partnerships benefitting wildlife, on Aug. 28 received the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Commission presents the award annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation. 

Pearsall, of Raleigh, accepted the award, along with a framed print, from Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

“Linda has made countless contributions to wildlife and their habitats, many of which directly benefit imperiled species,” Myers said during the presentation. “Also under her leadership, numerous partnerships have been developed with other agencies, NGOs and landowners. Each of t

Rank (0) Views 11842 On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 9:03 AM, 28 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds.

Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 – Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45.

“Opening day is a Monday, not a traditional Saturday,” said Kate Pipkin, Wildlife Commission rules biologist. “Although many hunters prefer the season to open the Saturday prior to Labor Day, federal guidelines do not allow states to open migratory game bird seasons prior to Sept. 1. Rather than wait until Sept. 6, which is the first Saturday after Labor Day, the Wildlife Commission went with the earliest possible date allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.&rdqu

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