Rank (0) Views 45 On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 9:43 AM, 3 hours ago

Raleigh, N.C. (November 24, 2014) Download the schedule for the January 2015 Public Hearings for Proposed Changes in Wildlife and Fisheries Management Rules.

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Rank (0) Views 136 On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 4:52 PM, 2 days ago

Accomplishments and Successes Detailed in Newly Released Anniversary-Edition Report

(Editor’s Note: The following news release is reprinted with permission of the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, www.southeastaquatics.net)

NASHVILLE, TN (Nov. 21, 2014) — Shafts of early morning sun filter through forest cover in the Appalachian Highlands. The sunlight catches a glint of swirling line as an angler casts for brook trout in a recently restored stream.

A tiny rush darter finds improved habitat among the riffles and eddies of a restored creek in Winston County, Ala., where excessive sedimentation once placed it in peril of being listed as an endangered species. The creek has one of the last surviving populations of rush darters in the world.

In sunny Florida, a kayaker paddling past a restored spring surprises a manatee drawn to the fresh, free-flowing water, now that the spring has been reconnected to the Hillsborough River.

These are just a fe

Rank (0) Views 265 On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 3:46 PM, 2 days ago

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission partnered with the city of Jacksonville and Onslow County yesterday to host a grand opening of the new Jacksonville Landing Boating Access Area on the New River.

The new boating access area, located at 135 S. Marine Blvd, features three ADA-accessible boat ramps, a canoe-kayak access from a sandy beach, bathroom facilities and a paved boardwalk and sidewalk that connect all site amenities. It replaces the old, single-boat ramp access area across the river, which was closed yesterday.

The site offers abundant parking with 66 trailer spaces — three of which are ADA accessible — and 57 single-vehicle spaces, including three ADA-accessible spaces.

The new site provides access to the New River, which is classified as joint waters at this location. Anglers fishing this section of the river can expect to catch sea trout, flounder and other saltwater species. Upstream of the site

Rank (0) Views 302 On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:22 PM, 3 days ago

(Editor’s Note: The following news release is reprinted with permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, www.fws.gov)

ATLANTA (Nov. 20, 2014) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a 171-page, peer-reviewed evaluation of its Red Wolf Recovery Program’s non-essential, experimental population in five eastern North Carolina counties.

The evaluation is one action among several that are part of a broad agreement between the Service and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission put in place in late 2013. Both agencies recognized that some steps were needed to improve management of the non-essential, experimental population in eastern North Carolina, which was established under Section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act and is a component of the overall recovery effort for the red wolf.

As the Service indicated in August when it announced a review would be conducted this fall, the evaluation will be used with

Rank (0) Views 295 On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 9:54 AM, 4 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign reminds everyone who is hunting during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. “In the excitement of a holiday hunt, don’t overlook the safety aspects. Make it a part of your planning. Stress the importance of everyone being careful.”

Before the hunt, Casper advised:
Get back to basics — review hunter education training and equipment instructions.
Know the rules — read applicable requirements, licensing and season information in the Regulations Digest before going afield.
Inspect all equipment — repair or replace equipment, especially tree stands, before use.

“We r

Rank (0) Views 743 On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 3:21 PM, 5 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2014) — A pilot program that allows hunters to sign up for waterfowl blinds when they apply for permits is earning high marks from hunters who are participating in the program.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission implemented the pilot program last fall on three game lands in the coastal region — the North River Game Land, which is located in Camden and Currituck counties; J. Morgan Futch Game Land in Tyrrell County, and Goose Creek Game Land in Beaufort and Pamlico counties.

Wildlife Commission staff installed 28 blinds on the game lands: three on North River; 20 on J. Morgan Futch and five on the Spring Creek impoundment on Goose Creek. The blinds can accommodate three hunters, as well as their dogs. Each blind is 4 feet wide by 8 feet long with a 4-foot landing that can serve as a dog porch.

Before the pilot waterfowl blinds program began, hunters had to locate suitable hunting sites on their own and provide their own cover to s

Rank (0) Views 424 On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 2:54 PM, 6 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 17, 2014) — Volunteer fishing instructors with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed training on a new way to teach fly fishing in preparation for basic fly-fishing clinics that start in January.

The free fly-fishing clinics, which will be offered at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, are scheduled for Jan. 3, 17 and 31, and Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Two additional clinics for Boy Scouts are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 14. Registration will open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis on Dec. 1.

Thirteen volunteer fishing instructors completed six weeks of intensive training based on Wulff School of Fly Fishing principles and methods, which promote new and better ways to teach students how to cast correctly through hands-on training — a key component to being a successful fly-fishing angler.

“We found through talking with students who took previous class

Rank (0) Views 639 On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 1:34 PM, 6 days ago

WHO: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the City of Jacksonville and Onslow County, will host a grand opening and three ceremonial boat launches to celebrate the opening of a new, larger boating access area on the New River — the Jacksonville Landing Boating Access Area.

The media and public are invited to attend the event. Attendees can tour the site, ask questions and learn more about future site amenities that include a fishing pier and a visitors’ center.

WHEN: Nov. 20, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHAT: The free event will begin with a ceremonial final boat launch from the old boating access area and several simultaneous first launches at the new site. Remarks from Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips, Onslow County Commission Chairman Paul Buchanan, and Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management, will follow the launches. Light refreshments will be served. 


Rank (0) Views 5094 On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 4:46 PM, 9 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 14, 2014) — An agreement has been reached in a lawsuit against the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which will restore conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area of eastern North Carolina.

The agreement will restore daytime coyote hunting on private lands in Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Tyrrell and Washington counties by licensed or otherwise authorized hunters, with a special permit obtained from the Wildlife Commission and subsequent reporting of kill. In the other 95 counties of the state, coyote hunters may hunt during daytime or at night using artificial lights, and no special permit or reporting of coyote harvests is required.  

The agreement stems from a lawsuit brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Institute. The suit alleged the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission violated the federal Endangered Species A

Rank (0) Views 2369 On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 4:28 PM, 11 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 12, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources is inviting public comment on draft revisions to the state’s proposed response plan in the event of an outbreak of chronic wasting disease.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible and fatal neurological disease of cervids —  the family of mammals that includes white-tailed deer and elk, which are both native to North Carolina. No treatment or cure for CWD exists. Direct, animal-to-animal contact is a means of transmission, but evidence suggests that contaminated environments and equipment also present risks. Humans are not known to contract CWD.

The draft revision may be viewed online at www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “CWD Response Plan DRAFT” in the scroll bar. Send comments by email to maria.palamar@ncwildlife.org; or in writing to CWD Response Plan, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1722. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 15.


Rank (0) Views 1203 On Fri, Nov 07, 2014 12:12 PM, 17 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 7, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign is reminding waterfowl hunters who use boats to exercise boating safety and hunting safety.

The Wildlife Commission has set dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2014-15 waterfowl seasons, with tundra swan (by permit only), duck and geese hunting segments opening on Saturday. Learn more here.

“Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Hypothermia is the loss of body heat and, left untreated, can prove fatal. Exposure to extreme cold, such as being in cold water or wearing wet clothes in cold conditions, can increase the chance of hypothermia.”

Wear protective clothing and watch the weather, he said. Let someone know where you are hunting and an approximate return time. Additiona

Rank (0) Views 1257 On Thu, Nov 06, 2014 1:01 PM, 17 days ago

ELLERBE, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a re-opening event at its recently renovated shooting range at the John F. Lentz Hunter Education Complex this Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The “Veteran’s Day Kickoff,” which is free and open to the public, celebrates the re-opening of the shooting range. Activities will include trap, rifle, archery, pistol and 3D archery shooting, as well as a Wildlife Enforcement Officer shooting demonstration. A catered barbeque lunch, provided by Valentine Land and Timber, will be served at noon. 

The Wildlife Commission named the shooting complex in honor of Ellerbe native John Franklin Lentz, a former Wildlife Commissioner and avid hunter and conservationist who passed away in August.

For more information about the kickoff, contact Jenny Harris, marketing director, at 919-707-0176 or jenny.harris@ncwildlife.org.

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