Rank (0) Views 861 On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 10:24 AM, 23 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 681 On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 2:15 PM, 27 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)


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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 1823 On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 2:04 PM, 29 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 1593 On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 4:34 PM, 30 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 2003 On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 1:35 PM, 30 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 1718 On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 5:29 PM, 42 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




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 1111 On Mon, Sep 08, 2014 7:48 AM, 44 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 846 On Wed, Sep 03, 2014 2:14 PM, 49 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 1608 On Tue, Sep 02, 2014 2:57 PM, 50 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 13106 On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 4:15 PM, 54 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.

BAG LIMITS

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

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