Rank (0) Views 869 On Tue, Oct 07, 2014 9:06 AM, 18 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 1741 On Mon, Oct 06, 2014 3:59 PM, 19 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 959 On Thu, Oct 02, 2014 11:05 AM, 23 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 922 On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 1:38 PM, 25 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 913 On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 10:24 AM, 26 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)

Rank (0) Views 738 On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 2:15 PM, 30 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (September 25, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, October 30th commission meeting notice. October 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 7668 On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 2:26 PM, 32 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 33 trout waters in 18 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters.

Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1 and one half-hour after sunset on June 5, 2015. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.

The Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching fish. Delayed-harvest trout waters, posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs, are popular fishing destinations for anglers who enjoy catch-and-release

Rank (0) Views 1833 On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 2:04 PM, 32 days 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 1623 On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 4:34 PM, 32 days 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 2053 On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 1:35 PM, 33 days 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 1748 On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 5:29 PM, 44 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 937 On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 1:31 PM, 45 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

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