Rank (0) Views 539 On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 3:34 PM, 20 days ago



ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (June 10, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Lake Gaston Association are asking for volunteers to help with an aquatic habitat enhancement project on Lake Gaston, June 23-26 and July 20-24. 

Volunteers are needed to build fenced-in protected areas, called “exclosures,” and plant native aquatic vegetation in the exclosures. Wildlife Commission biologists are trying to augment the lake’s native vegetation to provide habitat for popular gamefish such as bass, crappie and other sunfish, after implementing measures to reduce hydrilla — a non-native aquatic plant known for its long-term potential to create problems for boaters, anglers and water-supply facilities.

Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. each day. Work will be done at different locations around the lake so volunteers will need to pre-register to identify daily meeting locations.

The exclosures will be located in shallow ar


Rank (0) Views 985 On Mon, Jun 08, 2015 1:31 PM, 23 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (June 8, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, July 16th commission meeting notice. July 16, 2015 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 818 On Mon, Jun 08, 2015 1:15 PM, 23 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (June 8, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted David O’Neal to captain for District 4, where he will manage and supervise law enforcement operations for conservation, including hunting, fishing and boating regulations.

O’Neal will supervise 22 wildlife officers in Scotland, Hoke, Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Bladen, Robeson, Columbus and Brunswick counties. A 23-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, he previously was a lieutenant stationed in Beaufort County. His predecessor, Brent Spivey, recently retired.  

“My brother worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and visiting him at various work stations around the country made me think about a similar career,” O’Neal said. “I love hunting and fishing, so that naturally led to the Wildlife Resources Commission. It will be my privilege to serve the citizens and sportsmen as District 4 captain


Rank (0) Views 209 On Mon, Jun 08, 2015 9:37 AM, 23 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 8, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location: Sandhills Game Land – 243 acres in Richmond County.  GPS coordinates: 35.06203  79.6315

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: June 8, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commission conducts prescribed burns by reading our “Prescribed Burns Benefit Wildlife” blog.




DURHAM, N.C. (June 5, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on June 10 to gather comments on a proposal to re-designate approximately 45 acres on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land from an All Weapons Game Land to an Archery Only Zone. The site affected by the proposal is adjacent to the Little River School.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Durham Fire Station No. 15 located at 2060 Torredge Rd. in Durham.

The Commission is seeking re-designation to comply with the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act, which prohibits the discharge or possession of firearms within 1,000 feet of an elementary or secondary school. See buffer zone and map for details.

Staff will take comments from the public meeting and present them to the Commissioners at an upcoming business meeting. If approved, the re-designation will go into effect as soon as the site is posted. Staff will erect signs on the game land near the 1,000-foot buffer to advise hu


Rank (0) Views 860 On Thu, Jun 04, 2015 2:24 PM, 27 days ago



MORGANTON, N.C. (June 4, 2015) —  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold an informational meeting on June 23 in Morganton to discuss constructing a shooting range on the Johns River Game Land in Burke County.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and will be held at the Morganton Municipal Auditorium located at 401 S. College Street.

The site on the Johns River Game Land is the most viable option among the alternate sites that the Commission considered after gathering public comments regarding the first proposed site for the shooting range, which was on the Linville tract of the Pisgah Game Land in Burke County.

The new site is located at the end of Duckworth Drive, adjacent to the Burke County landfill and less than ¼ mile from the Burke County Sheriff’s Department shooting range. Plans for the proposed range include a 25-yard pistol range and a 100-yard rifle range.

The Commission has performed a preliminary sound


Rank (0) Views 2433 On Wed, Jun 03, 2015 9:47 AM, 28 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 3, 2015) – More than 35 free, family-oriented fishing events get underway this weekend, as part of 2015 National Fishing and Boating Week.

Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection. They also let young anglers try their luck at reeling in a variety of freshwater fish — many of them stocked by the Commission, including trout in the mountains and channel catfish in the Piedmont and coastal plain.

Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide drawing to win more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing privileges in freshwater and saltwater, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop in


Rank (0) Views 433 On Fri, May 29, 2015 10:41 AM, 33 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (May 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is continuing one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location: Sandhills Game Land - 225 acres in Richmond County. GPS coordinates: 34.95869 79.484 WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: May 29, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commission conducts prescribed burns by reading our “Prescribed Burns Benefit Wildlife” blog.


Rank (0) Views 1969 On Thu, May 28, 2015 10:21 AM, 34 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments beginning June 1 on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and those waterfowl seasons that begin prior to Oct. 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species also will be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Your Comments.”

Comments will be accepted through June 21.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides the framework from which state fish and wildlife agencies select respective hunting season dates. After reviewing public comments, Wildlife Commissioners will select season dates for North Carolina during their July 16 meeting.

For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org.


Rank (0) Views 633 On Tue, May 26, 2015 9:45 AM, 36 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 26, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is continuing three prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: Threelocations: Chowan Swmp Game Land – 45 acres of the Wiccacon tract  in Hertford County, 2 miles northeast of Harrellsville.  Sandhills Game Land - 184 acres in Richmond County. GPS coordinates: 35.03963  79.6464 Holly Shelter Game Land - 583 acres in Pender County, 5 miles west of Hampstead. This will be a prescribed burn using a helicopter. WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: May 26, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commission conducts prescrib


Rank (0) Views 4225 On Fri, May 22, 2015 3:05 PM, 40 days ago



ELKIN, N.C. (May 22, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department and the Yadkin County Parks and Recreation Department to provide anglers with two new public fishing access areas on the Yadkin River.

The Burch Station Public Fishing Area, a joint partnership between the Commission and Surry County, is located just east of Elkin while the Yadkin Shore Public Fishing Area, which is a joint partnership between the Commission and Yadkin County, is located just north of Boonville. GPS coordinates for Burch Station are: 36.2756, -80.7689. GPS coordinates for Yadkin Shore are 36.2695, -80.722.

Both locations have turnaround areas and parking, including designated spaces adjacent to the launch areas for anglers and boaters with limited mobility. Burch Station has a set of stairs with an adjoining slide to make going up and down the stairs with a paddlecraft easier, while Yadkin Shore has a concrete boat ra


Rank (0) Views 1180 On Fri, May 22, 2015 9:23 AM, 40 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — Space remains for a one-day fly-fishing workshop for women only at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on June 13, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The fly-fishing workshop is part of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program. Fly-fishing workshop participants will receive hands-on instruction from experienced instructors on the basics of fly fishing, including casting, knots and fly tying. After learning the basics, participants will test their new skills by fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill on two ponds at the center.

Participants should bring sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable clothing and footwear. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. A registration fee of $20 covers rods, reels and all equipment, as well as lunch, drinks and snacks. Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information is availab

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