Rank (0) Views 547 On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 1:25 PM, 3 days ago



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead. The federally protected red wolf was found with an apparent gunshot wound on Sept. 30, 2014, east of Columbia, in Tyrrell County, North Carolina. Based on body condition and field sign, the actual date of death is estimated to be Sept. 26, 2014.

This is the third red wolf death of 2014 resulting from a suspected gunshot. The previous two suspected gunshot deaths occurred in January and March. A total of 10 wild red wolves were known to have died in 2014, including two struck and killed by vehicles, one died incidental to otherwise legal activities, one due to health reasons, three were confirmed or suspected gunshot deaths, and the causes of three incidents are currently unknown. Two of these cases are currently pending necropsies. The remaining wolf deat


Rank (0) Views 640 On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 10:56 AM, 3 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign encourages hunters to take the proper precautions with firearms to be safe during time spent outdoors.

Firearms safety is an element of instruction taught by the Commission’s Hunter Education Program, with free courses offered year-round, throughout the state. Instructors advise hunters to prioritize safety when handling firearms:
Point a firearm in a safe direction at all times.
Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
Identify your target and what’s beyond it.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you have positively identified your target and are ready to shoot.

“Firearms safety is exercising caution and using your head,” said Travis Casper, Hunting Education Program coordinator. “You can’t be too careful. Always maintain muzzle control. Obey hunting and firearm r


Rank (0) Views 1107 On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 2:42 PM, 6 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2014) – For the third year in a row, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with Neuse Sport Shop to create a wildlife diversity T-shirt that will debut at the agency’s State Fair exhibit in Raleigh, Oct. 16-26.

This year’s T-shirt initially will be available only in the Commission’s State Fair tent. The shirt’s front features a tundra swan flying across the agency’s wildlife logo and the back features a large rendition of the tundra swan art. The Commission based the shirt design on the tundra swan image on this year’s State Fair wildlife button — a free keepsake available annually to visitors of the agency’s fair exhibit.

The new tundra swan T-shirt is available in youth (S, M, L) sizes for $12, and in adult (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) sizes for $15. All proceeds from the sales of the shirts will support work conducted by Wildlife Diversity Program biologi


Rank (0) Views 873 On Thu, Oct 09, 2014 11:46 AM, 11 days ago




Agency Plans to Have Cumberland County Pond Refilled by September 2015

GODWIN, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2014) — This time next year, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission plans to see the public once again enjoying Rhodes Pond, a 461-acre lake in Cumberland County. The agency currently is working with a consulting firm to develop a design that will repair the dam so that it meets new dam safety requirements.

The Commission plans to complete dam repairs by July 2015, and then re-fill the lake by early September. To keep people informed about the progress made on the dam, the Commission has created a Rhodes Pond webpage on its website, which features updated information on the proposed timeline, as well as project drawings and plans.

The Commission drained Rhodes Pond in June 2013 shortly after rainwater from Hurricane Andrea overtopped the dam, causing erosion on the dam and around the spillway that resulted in a potential public safety hazard. The Department of Environment


Rank (0) Views 4569 On Wed, Oct 08, 2014 10:25 AM, 12 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to follow blaze orange requirements and making safety recommendations to others who spend time outdoors.

In North Carolina, hunters are required to wear a cap, hat or an outer garment in blaze orange that is visible from all sides when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Anyone hunting deer during a deer firearms season, regardless of method, must wear blaze orange. Hunters also are required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the black powder and gun seasons.

“Wearing blaze orange is an easy and effective step for safety,” said Travis Casper, the state Hunter Education Program coordinator. “Blaze orange, also known as hunter orange, isn’t a color found in nature, making it instantly recognizable as a


Rank (0) Views 647 On Wed, Oct 08, 2014 10:24 AM, 12 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (October 8, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, October 1st special electronic meeting notice. October 10, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Notice (PDF)


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Raleigh, N.C. (October 8, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, October 29th committee meetings' notice. October 29, 2014 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 822 On Tue, Oct 07, 2014 9:06 AM, 13 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission cancelled trout stockings in three Jackson County lakes this fall because of low water levels resulting from maintenance work on dams.

Bear, Wolf Creek and Tanassee lakes will not receive fall trout stockings because Duke Energy, which owns the lakes, is performing maintenance on the lakes’ dams and will draw down the water.

Normal stockings will resume in spring after the work is completed and water levels return to normal.

Although these three lakes will not be stocked this fall, anglers can fish other trout waters in Jackson County that will receive regularly scheduled trout stockings. These include Balsam Lake and the Delayed Harvest section of the Tuckasegee River.

For more information on fishing in public mountain trout waters, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page. 


Rank (0) Views 1652 On Mon, Oct 06, 2014 3:59 PM, 14 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2014) — As required by a new state law, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is revising management of its captive cervid program through rulemaking. Cervids are the family of animals that includes white-tailed deer and elk. The proposed changes, detailed in Session Law 2014-100, will include amending the current regulations covering transportation of cervids within the state, licensing of new captive cervid facilities and age requirements for disease testing. Session Law 2014-100 prohibits any importation of captive cervids until at least 2017.

The Wildlife Commission is accepting public comments on the proposed changes at two public hearings and online through Oct. 16. While the rule amendments are necessary to implement the new law, the Commission needs public input on the impact of the proposed changes to report to the Wildlife Resources Commissioners and members of the General Assembly. Session Law 2014-100 requires the Commission report to t


Rank (0) Views 908 On Thu, Oct 02, 2014 11:05 AM, 18 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2014) — Artists’ entries are being accepted through Jan. 23, 2015, for the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2015-16 waterfowl conservation stamp, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Washington Tourism Development Authority sponsor the annual contest, which typically draws artists from across the United States. The winning artwork will be unveiled during a sponsors’ preview event on Feb. 5, 2015, at the 20th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County.

This year, artists may submit renderings of tundra swans, black ducks, brant, gadwalls, buffleheads, and their related habitats.

Artwork will be judged on the following criteria: Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the anatomy of waterfowl; Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of t


Rank (0) Views 773 On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 1:38 PM, 20 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2014) – Learn about the many outdoor opportunities the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission offers the public by visiting the agency’s State Fair exhibit in Raleigh from Oct. 16-26.

The exhibit, located downhill from the Village of Yesteryear, is open from 3-8 p.m. on Oct. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 17-26.

New displays for the fair this year are a tundra swan exhibit that showcases the seasonal abundance of swans in the coastal region, and an elk display, complete with a bull elk mount and antlers, which highlights the growing and popular elk herd in western North Carolina.

Another new display for the fair features a motorized, all-terrain vehicle, or trackchair — one of nine trackchairs donated to the Commission for use by mobility-impaired people ages 16 and up. The trackchairs will be available to the public at the Commission’s wildlife education centers and Lentz Hunter Ed Complex. Trackchairs also w


Rank (0) Views 823 On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 10:24 AM, 21 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (September 29, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, October 1st special electronic meeting notice. October 1, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Notice (PDF)

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