Rank (0) Views 3262 On Wed, Aug 19, 2015 4:50 PM, 16 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission resumed stocking Hatchery Supported trout waters today after receiving confirmation that trout from Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in Marion and Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Brevard tested negative for whirling disease, a disorder affecting trout.

Whirling disease affects fish in the trout and salmon family. The disease, caused by the microscopic parasite, Myxobolus cerebralis, damages cartilage and skeletal tissue in a fish, causing it to swim in a whirling motion. While often fatal to juvenile fish, the disease does not infect humans or pets, and eating an infected fish is not known to cause any harmful effects.

The Commission will not retroactively stock Hatchery Supported locations that did not receive fish during the hatchery-testing period due to recent drought conditions and concerns of high water temperatures at those locations.

The Commission also has implemented safeguards to reduce th


Rank (0) Views 611 On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 1:25 PM, 17 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 18, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, August 26th committee meetings' notice. August 26, 2015 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

Suggs Mill Pond Game Land – 60 acres in Bladen County.  GPS coordinates: 34 49.2’ , -78 40.7’

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

WHEN: Aug. 18, 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

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following


Rank (0) Views 480 On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 3:50 PM, 18 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (August 17, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, August 27th commission meeting notice. August 27, 2015 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


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FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a new location and a new exhibit for the 2015 Mountain State Fair, which will open Sept. 11-20.

The agency will be located in the new Davis Center exhibition building on the grounds of Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, in Fletcher, just west of Asheville. The Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., Friday through Sunday, except Sunday, Sept. 20, when the exhibit will close at 9 p.m.

New at the agency’s wildlife exhibit this year are several hands-on activities suitable for curious minds and little hands, such as a papier-mâché tree trunk with animal pelts inserted into “knot holes” that children can touch, as well as synthetic “scat” that children can touch and identify.

Two wildlife species native to we


Rank (0) Views 629 On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 11:58 AM, 18 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (August 17, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, August 27th commission meeting agenda. August 27, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 1110 On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 12:03 PM, 23 days ago



MARION, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed the upper end of Armstrong Creek Road to vehicular traffic until further notice due to construction on the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County.

The affected section of road is west of the hatchery office. Parking is available in designated areas around the office for access on foot. Visitors are asked to use caution when walking around the construction site. Barriers have been installed to guide visitors safely through the site when accessing the Pisgah National Forest.

The Commission also has established new hours for accessing the hatchery through the main gate. Effective Aug. 13, the main gate will be open during daylight hours from 7:30 a.m. until sunset. To access the national forest when the gates are closed, the public can park in the designated area outside the gate.

The Commission will advise the public when construction is completed and the upper end of Armstrong Cr




RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2015) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign reminds hunters that when dove hunting season opens on Sept. 5 to be safe and responsible in the field throughout the season.

Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2015-16 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 5 to Oct. 10, and resumes Nov. 23 to Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. The season does not include Sundays; hunting of migratory game birds by any method is not allowed on Sundays.

The Home From The Hunt™ campaign lists the following Top 5 dove hunting recommendations: When hunting in a group, adhere to established zones of fire. Never shoot at low-flying birds and alert others when a bird is too low for a safe shot. Take time prior to hunting to walk the field and inspect the area for bait. Never pla


Rank (0) Views 1529 On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 7:22 AM, 24 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2015) — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are again asking for anglers’ assistance after reports of gill lice on rainbow trout in three western North Carolina trout streams were confirmed last week.

These new reports of gill lice came on the heels of the recent confirmation of whirling disease in rainbow trout collected from the Watauga River. This is the second time that gill lice have been found in trout in North Carolina waters. Gill lice were first discovered on brook trout on the Cullasaja River watershed in Macon County in 2014. The gill lice confirmed last week were found on rainbow trout collected from the West Fork Pigeon River in Haywood County and Boone Fork Creek and the Watauga River in Watauga County.

Biologists ask that anglers fishing for trout in any waters in western North Carolina be especially diligent when cleaning their fishing equipment and offer these recommendations:

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Rank (0) Views 1813 On Mon, Aug 10, 2015 9:51 AM, 25 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2015) — 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 seasons do not include Sundays; there is no hunting of migratory game birds by any method on Sundays. Beginning this week, citizens can comment on proposed dates for the seasons, by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Regular Waterfowl Season Comments.” Comments on the proposed season dates will be accepted through Aug. 19.

Public input meetings were held across the state previously to receive comments on waterfowl seasons. However, attendance declined significantly from previous years and public input was minimal at most locations. As a cost-savings measure and to allow f




WILKESBORO, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting this month to seek input in developing a management plan for three of its western North Carolina game lands.

The meeting is scheduled for Aug. 25 at the Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College, 1328 S. Collegiate Dr., in Wilkesboro. Commission staff is seeking public input for Buffalo Cove, Mitchell River and Thurmond Chatham game lands to help guide management and user activities on these game lands for the next 10 years.  The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., although attendees should arrive a few minutes early to receive materials. 

Buffalo Cove Game Land (6,633 acres) is located in Caldwell and Wilkes counties, Mitchell River Game Land (2,306 acres) is located in Surry and Allegheny counties, and Thurmond Chatham Game Land (6,472 acres) is located in Wilkes and Allegheny counties. These game lands are mostly forested and ar


Rank (0) Views 809 On Fri, Aug 07, 2015 9:15 AM, 28 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign is reminding hunters to be prepared and stay safe, especially when using a tree stand. That includes pre-hunting season preparation, whether scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes or putting up a tree stand on a trial basis.

“Hunters should use the same tree stand precautions now as they would during hunting season,” said Lt. Sam Craft, a wildlife officer and hunting safety instructor. “When first putting a tree stand in place, consider using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness. This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury. Always select a healthy, straight tree for placement. And let someone know where you are or take someone along during pre-season work.”

Other Home From The Hunt™ tree stand safety recommendations:
Practice use at ground level, gradually going

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