Rank (0) Views 489 On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 10:03 AM, 11 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 15, 2015) — With seven boating fatalities already reported this year in North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission urges boaters to follow a few simple steps to ensure safety.

Last year, the Wildlife Commission recorded 27 fatalities in 23 fatal boating accidents, of 130 boating accidents investigated.

“We want to help everyone have a safe, enjoyable boating experience,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “If there is a single recommendation to start with, it is: ‘Wear a life vest.’ It is an effective life-saving strategy.”

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show drowning as the cause of death in almost three-fourths of recent recreational boating fatalities, with 84 percent of victims not wearing a life vest.

“Most people who drown in a boating accident had a life vest available, but they were not wearing it when they went into the water,&a


Rank (0) Views 1197 On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 3:50 PM, 12 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2015) — Responding to the recent fish kill at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout as scheduled in 2015. 

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men on April 9 for tampering with the water intake at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery, killing 168,500 rainbow trout. The trout, which ranged in size from 5-10 inches, had been designated for stocking in 2015 and 2016. The plan to meet stocking goals includes transferring 9- to 10-inch trout from the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County to offset part of the fish that were scheduled for stocking this year. The remainder will be made up by maximizing growth on fish that were being grown for 2016.

“We build a small buffer into our production plans each year as a contingency for events such a


Rank (0) Views 1706 On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 8:50 AM, 12 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people to enjoy wildlife with respect and caution, as encounters with wildlife increase in the spring, when many species bear young.

Handling, feeding or moving wildlife can harm or ultimately kill the animal, and poses a risk for human health and safety. Also, it is illegal to keep native wildlife as a pet in North Carolina.

“Well-meaning people can do tremendous harm when attempting to ‘rescue’ young animals,” said Ann May, an extension wildlife biologist. “One of the best approaches to protecting young wildlife is to keep pets, especially cats, indoors.”

Many species, such as white-tailed deer, do not constantly stay with their young and only return to feed them. While a fawn might look abandoned and alone, it is waiting for the female to return. A fawn is well-equipped to protect itself. By the time it is 5 days old it c


Rank (0) Views 505 On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 11:29 AM, 16 days ago



ARAPAHOE, N.C. (April 10, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Dawson Creek Boating Access Area in Pamlico County after completing renovations this week.

The site is located at 303 Creek Place Road in Arapahoe and provides access to the Neuse River. Wildlife Commission staff constructed a concrete boat ramp, an 8-foot x 56-foot floating dock and a gravel parking lot with space for four cars and 17 vehicles with trailers.

The entire area is ADA accessible with a dedicated single-vehicle parking space, a dedicated space for a vehicle with trailer, paved sidewalks and assist rails on the dock.

Dawson Creek offers excellent fishing opportunities for popular freshwater and saltwater game species, such as largemouth bass and sunfish in the upper part of the creek, and  speckled sea trout, redfish  and flounder in other parts of the creek.

The Commission paid for the renovation of the Dawson Creek Boating Access Area using m


Rank (0) Views 436 On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 9:24 AM, 16 days ago



WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (April 10, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will temporarily close the Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range on Cold Mountain Game Land on April 13-17 for routine maintenance and repairs.

Each spring, Commission staff closes the range, which is located in Haywood County, to clean the grounds, shore the backstop, grade the shooting lanes, and then seed, fertilize and lime the lanes. Staff also will repair and grade the parking area and entrance road, as well as repair or replace shooting benches as needed. The range is scheduled to reopen on April 18.

The Wildlife Commission does not staff the Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range, but it is open to the public free of charge during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. No shooting is allowed on Sundays. Shooters are allowed to use pistols, rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders on the range, which features five shooting lanes.

The range does not have an address, but it is located near Waynesville in Hayw


Rank (0) Views 2051 On Thu, Apr 09, 2015 12:38 PM, 17 days ago



DANBURY, N.C. (April 9, 2015) — Rainbow trout will be introduced in a 12-acre lake at Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County as part of a joint effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. 

The stocking program to be launched April 10 provides a unique opportunity for recreational trout fishing outside of traditional mountain trout waters and is particularly accessible to children, older anglers and mobility-impaired individuals. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will stock the lake with 1,200 catchable-sized rainbow trout in April and October of each year. The stocking effort complements a new, handicapped-accessible pier built in 2013 in a cooperative effort between the Commission and State Parks to enhance fishing opportunities in the park. 

Although a North Carolina fishing license is required for anglers 16 years old and over at the lake, a separate trout fishing license will not be re


Rank (0) Views 226 On Thu, Apr 09, 2015 12:22 PM, 17 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

·        Sandhills Game Land in Moore County (171 acres – GPS coordinates: -79*32.989  35 05.814) See map to right

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

WHEN: April 9, 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 617 On Wed, Apr 08, 2015 1:23 PM, 18 days ago



SHELBY, N.C. (April 8, 2015) — With a symbolic turn of earth from 15 shovels, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners officially broke ground Monday for a new state-of-the-art public shooting range, just north of Shelby.

The range, which is located at 250 Fielding Road, will have a 250-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet/trap courses and a 3D archery course. The facility will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement for practice, training and recreational use. Expected completion date is early fall.

Partnerships played a key role in planning the shooting range, said Mallory Martin, chief deputy director of the Wildlife Commission, who was one of several speakers at the ceremony.

“The shooting range speaks to the power of partnerships and what can be accomplished with partners, such as Cleveland County,” Martin said. “The result of thi


Rank (0) Views 219 On Wed, Apr 08, 2015 11:27 AM, 18 days ago



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

WHERE: One location:

·        Sandhills Game Land in Scotland County (260 acres – GPS coordinates: 34.9853  79.4414) See map to right

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

WHEN: April 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.


Rank (0) Views 479 On Tue, Apr 07, 2015 4:15 PM, 19 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 7, 2015) — Space remains for two free fishing workshops being conducted this month by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

On April 11, the center, along with the Fort Bragg/Fayetteville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, will host the 4th Annual Kayak Fish and Float Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Capt. Jerry Dilsaver and Mark Patterson of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association will instruct participants on:
   Kayak safety and rigging,
   Inshore kayaking fishing,
   Kayak fishing for mackerel,
   Kayak fishing for bass, and
   Kayak fishing for panfish.

While participants will not kayak fish at the event, they will have an opportunity to test paddle a variety of popular kayak brands at Lake Rim, provided by sponsors Jackson Kayak and Native Fishing and Wilderness Syste


Rank (0) Views 294 On Tue, Apr 07, 2015 1:32 PM, 19 days ago



TROY, N.C. (April 7, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership, is hosting “Nature Day @ Nichols” on April 18 from 1-4 p.m., as part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

The free event will be held at Nichols Longleaf Pine Preserve in Troy and offers activities for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Activities include three different hikes for families and kids. The family hikes are approximately 45 minutes long and rated easy-to-moderate difficulty. Hikers will learn about wildlife found on the preserve, as well as longleaf pine ecology, the turpentine industry and prescribed fires. The kids’ hikes, designed for kids 12 and younger and their families, feature hands-on activities along the trail, led by N.C. Zoo staff. These hikes are approximately 45 minutes long and rated easy. The family and kids’ hikes begin at 2 p.m. and then again at 3 p.m.

A third, more in-dep


Rank (0) Views 488 On Mon, Apr 06, 2015 9:59 AM, 20 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 6, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting four prescribed burns today on the following game lands:


WHERE: Four locations:


·        Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land (229 acres, 2.5 miles northeast of Roger’s Store – GPS coordinates: 36.0095, -78.6905)


·        Embro Game Land in Warren County (320 acres, 4 miles south of Odell/Littleton – GPS coordinates: 36 22.33, 77 55.57)


·        Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County (211 acres – GPS coordinates: -79.6279  34.02354) See map to right


·      Mitchell River Game Land in Surry County (148 acres , 1 mile south of Devotion – GPS coordinates:  36&am

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