Rank (0) Views 363 On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 4:51 PM, 16 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center’s staff expects the transition to go smoothly when programming expands from hook-and-line workshops about fishing to hook-and-bullet workshops that cover both fishing and hunting.

Encouraged by the popularity of hunting workshops in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh, the Wildlife Commission is partnering with the Cape Fear River Branch chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association to offer a free, introductory workshop on deer hunting, Aug. 23, at the Pechmann Center in Fayetteville. 

The “Deer Hunting 101” workshop, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning about deer hunting. Topics will include:
         Proper equipment selection;

Rank (0) Views 1208 On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 9:33 AM, 16 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting the public to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on its website, www.ncwildlife.org.  

Regular waterfowl seasons may begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans.

The public can comment on proposed dates for the seasons by visiting www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on the scrolling icon, “Regular Waterfowl Proposed Season Comments,” located at the bottom of the home page. Comments on the proposed season dates will be accepted through Aug. 21.

Comments also can be mailed to:

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Proposed Regulations Comments 1701 Mail Service Center Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

Public input meetings were held across the state previously to receive comments on waterfowl seasons. However, attendance declined significantly from meeting

MORGANTON, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on Aug. 25 to seek input in developing a management plan for the Johns River and South Mountain game lands, located in western North Carolina. 

The meeting will be held at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 South Sterling St., in Morganton. It will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., although attendees should arrive a few minutes early to receive meeting handouts. Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on these two game lands for the next 10 years.

Johns River Game Land comprises 3,893 acres in Burke County, while South Mountains Game Land comprises 21,647 acres in Burke, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford counties. Both game lands are mostly forested, with South Mountains Game Land containing 7,860 acres of land in the Cooperative Upland Habitat Restoration and Enhancement (CURE) program. La

Rank (0) Views 585 On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 4:53 PM, 19 days ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Aug. 21 to take comments on adopting into its rules three no-wake zones established by the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission and creating one new no-wake zone on Mountain Island Lake.

The hearing, which begins at 3 p.m., will be held at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte.

The three no-wake zones  established under Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission rules are at Neck Cove, Whispering Cove and Gar Creek. The proposal, if approved, will give Wildlife Resources Commission enforcement officers authority to enforce these no-wake zones. The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission dissolved on June 30, 2014.

The fourth proposal, if approved, would create a new no-wake zone at the N.C. Hwy. 73 bridge.

The public hearing follows a meeting held in 2013 by representatives from the Mountai

Rank (0) Views 431 On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 3:02 PM, 19 days ago

HERTFORD, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Aug. 20 in Hertford to hear comments on a proposal to establish a no-wake zone on Bethel Creek, a tributary to the Yeopim River in Perquimans County.

The meeting, which will begin at 3 p.m., will be held at the Perquimans 4-H Agricultural Building, located at 601 Edenton Street.

The Wildlife Commission is proposing a no-wake zone because of safety concerns. Currently, approximately six private docks used for swimming, fishing and boating storage are built along Bethel Creek — a narrow, 150-foot wide waterway. Plans for a new subdivision on the northeast side of the creek likely will increase the number of docks and boating traffic.

Wildlife enforcement officers already receive multiple complaints of near misses from boats running at greater than no-wake speed in Bethel Creek. Because of safety concerns for children and families swimming in the creek, along wi

Rank (0) Views 518 On Thu, Aug 07, 2014 2:25 PM, 20 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be just as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting.

“As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one,” said Travis Casper, coordinator of the Commission’s Hunter Education Program. “Whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up a tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.”

Casper recommended using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place. This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury, he said.

“Always select a healthy, straight tree for placement,” he said. “Let someone know where you are or take someone along

Rank (0) Views 1060 On Tue, Aug 05, 2014 10:02 AM, 22 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 5, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer facilitated permit hunts for youth, 12 to 15 years old, during the upcoming hunting season.

“All participants are provided guidance and assistance,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and accompanying adults always have fun and learn — and typically are successful — during these hunts.”

Youth hunters will be selected by a random, computer-generated draw. A $5 nonrefundable administrative fee is charged for each permit hunt application. The 2014 facilitated hunts are:
Sept. 1 Dove, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Gaston County Application Deadline: Aug. 10
Oct. 4 Deer, at Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, Stokes County Application Deadline: Sept. 1
Oct. 18 Deer, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Lincoln and Gaston counties Application

Rank (0) Views 534 On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 3:54 PM, 27 days ago

ALEXANDER, N.C. (July 31, 2014) —Looking for a different way to enjoy time in the outdoors? Why not try a day of butterfly chasing? The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), needs more volunteers to help with the fifth annual NABA Butterfly Count Aug. 4 on the Sandy Mush Game Land.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers will help Commission personnel and local butterfly enthusiasts count butterflies on the 2,600-acre game land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties. Participants will meet at the kiosk parking lot in front of Cedar Hill Baptist Church on 474 Cedar Hill Road in Alexander.

While Sandy Mush Game Land is managed for hunting as part of the Commission’s Game Land Program, it is also home to a wide variety of non-game species, such as songbirds and butterflies. Commission staff manages the game land for quality early successional habitat and frequently conducts prescribed burns, which

Rank (0) Views 1869 On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 4:04 PM, 28 days ago

TROY, N.C. (July 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened a new fishing access area on the Uwharrie River at the N.C. Hwy. 109 bridge, north of Troy in Montgomery County.

The Hwy. 109 Public Fishing Access Area, located at 3597 N.C. Hwy. 109 North, has a stairway to the river and a canoe slide for launching and retrieving canoes. Commission staff also constructed a dedicated parking area, which has two spaces, including one that is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available along the abandoned N.C. 109 bridge approach above the access area. The latitude and longitude for the site are: 35°25'56.15"N, 80° 1'1.96"W.

This is the second access area that the Commission has constructed on the Uwharrie River for small boats. In 2012, the Commission partnered with The LandTrust for Central North Carolina to open Low Water Bridge Fishing Access Area, which is located approximately 7 miles upstream of the new Hwy. 109 fi

Rank (0) Views 4598 On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:33 PM, 28 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is requesting public assistance in a battle against boat ramp buzzards.

Buzzards, which are also known as vultures, have damaged cars, trucks and boat trailers at some Piedmont boating access areas. Damage and nuisance issues created by boat ramp buzzards include scratches on vehicle hoods and roofs, exterior moldings pulled apart and windshield wipers torn away, as well as large amounts of droppings.

To scare vultures away from boat ramps, Wildlife Commission staff is using visual and audial deterrents, including pyrotechnics and replicas of dead vultures.

The Commission requests the public assist in the effort to reduce vulture visitation by keeping access areas clean and removing trash and food remnants. Anglers should not leave behind fish guts, unused bait and fish carcasses, including in the nearby waterway.

Many boaters are covering vehicles with tarps or covers to prevent damage. Other

Rank (0) Views 3826 On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 2:19 PM, 29 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 29, 2014) — Waterfowl hunters in North Carolina will have the option of purchasing a federal duck stamp electronically, starting Aug. 1. The new “Duck E-Stamp” allows the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to sell stamps electronically through its wildlife service agents, online, and by phone, for $16 plus a $2 transaction fee. Hunters who purchase a duck e-stamp will receive electronic authorization immediately and the actual stamp by mail within 45 days of purchase.

Physical stamps may be obtained directly from select post office locations. For more information, visit https://www.duckstamp.com/.

To hunt migratory waterfowl in North Carolina, hunters must have a valid North Carolina hunting license, HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification and a state waterfowl hunting license, also known as the state duck stamp, which is $13. Along with the state duck stamp, hunters also must have a federal duck stamp to hunt migratory

Rank (0) Views 944 On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 5:39 PM, 30 days ago

TROY, N.C. (July 28, 2014) — The Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership is hosting a free, day-long invasive species workshop for private forestland owners on Aug. 22 at Montgomery County Community College in Troy. 

The “Invasive Species: Identification and Management” workshop will begin a 9 a.m. with an overview from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff on invasive plant species commonly found in the piedmont of North Carolina. Other presentations include early detection and rapid response procedures, as well as an update on new and emerging species, such as mile-a-minute vine and Cogongrass.

Staff also will conduct breakout sessions on invasive plant identification, including some native “look-alike” species, management tools used to eradicate weeds, including different herbicide applications, hand tools and fire, and safety procedures to follow when managing invasive species.

In the afternoon, workshop parti

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