Rank (0) Views 586 On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:37 PM, 7 days ago

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (April 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed construction of a universally accessible fishing pier that runs along the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam 2 in Bladen County.

The wooden pier includes an 8-foot by 90-foot fishing platform that runs parallel to the river and a 7-foot by 93-foot walkway that provides access to the fishing platform. A 7-foot by 7-foot concrete abutment connects the pier to an existing ADA-compliant concrete sidewalk that also provides access to the existing concrete boat ramp.

The Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management designed the pier and oversaw construction of the pier, which was completed by a marine contractor. Unlike many of the piers constructed by the Commission, the pier at Lock and Dam 2, like the pier at Lock and Dam 1, is a fixed pier with driven pilings that enable it to withstand high-water events typical on the Cape Fear River.

An existing porti

Rank (0) Views 113 On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:56 PM, 8 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (April 10, 2014) Download the PDFs below for the  April 15, 2014 Land Use and Access Committee meeting notice and agenda.
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 533 On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:38 PM, 8 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people to leave young wildlife alone. Human encounters with young animals often increase in the spring, when many species bear young.

Handling, feeding or moving an animal 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,” said Ann May, the Commission’s extension wildlife biologist. “No matter how cute, how cuddly, or lost or scared it may appear, the best thing to do is avoid any human interaction.”

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

Rank (0) Views 281 On Wed, Apr 09, 2014 1:23 PM, 9 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on 76 acres of the Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County.

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and wiregrass and to stimulate growth of native grasses to benefit wildlife in longleaf pine forest on Wildlife Commission game land.

WHEN: 1 p.m. April 9

WHERE: Sandhills Game Land (Richmond Co.) near Naked Creek Lane. Let/Lon:  -79 35.669 34 54.372

CONTACT: Chris Jordan at 910-638-3984 or chris.jordan@ncwildlife.org

Rank (0) Views 338 On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 2:14 PM, 10 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 36th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament — the state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports — on April 26 at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe in Richmond County.

The Wildlife Commission conducted nine regional competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students participating. Fifty-four teams involving more than 550 students advanced to the state championship of the conservation-based tournament, competing in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, map-and-compass orienteering, and a written conservation knowledge test.

Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and overall individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events. Teams are organized within public and private schools. Home-schooled students and teams representin

Rank (0) Views 280 On Fri, Apr 04, 2014 9:41 AM, 14 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 4, 2014) — Tax day is less than two weeks away and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking taxpayers to remember North Carolina’s wildlife this year when completing the state income tax form by making a donation on line 31.

Donations support the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, which helps the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conduct research, conservation and monitoring work that benefits animals not hunted or fished — animals such as songbirds, sea turtles, eagles, salamanders, frogs, turtles and bats.

The Commission uses donations to match federal and other grants or to pay for educational activities and wildlife-watching projects, such as the N.C. Birding Trail.

Donations made to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund make up the largest and most significant source of non-federal funding to help these animals, so donations are critical to the continuation of many projects.

Current work includes surve

Rank (0) Views 523 On Thu, Apr 03, 2014 4:24 PM, 15 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 3, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Awards, which recognize an individual and organization whose contributions aid wildlife that depend on early successional habitats. Nominations for this year’s awards are due by close of business, May 2.

The award is given for actions that significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, squirrel and rabbit. These actions also benefit other species, including nongame animals such as songbirds, reptiles and amphibians.

Winners receive a plaque and formal recognition at a Wildlife Commission board meeting in appreciation for their efforts on behalf of North Carolina small game wildlife species.

The awards are named for the late Larry Diedrick, a lawyer and Wildlife Commissioner from Rocky Mount who died in 2002, known as a passionate s

Rank (0) Views 899 On Wed, Apr 02, 2014 9:18 AM, 16 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2014) — A few openings remain for the 3rd Annual Kayak Fish and Float Workshop, which will be held April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The free workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics: Kayak Safety and Rigging; Offshore Fishing for King Mackerel; Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout; and, Kayak Fishing for Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish and Carp.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice their kayaking skills on Lake Rim using fishing kayaks provided by Hunt, Fish and Paddle — a full-service fishing, kayak and archery business  in Lake Wylie, S.C.

The annual Kayak, Fish and Float workshop has grow

Rank (0) Views 945 On Wed, Apr 02, 2014 8:44 AM, 16 days ago

MORGANTON, N.C. (April 2, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, and the U. S. Forest Service will conduct prescribed burns over the next two days on 3,300 acres in Burke, Haywood, McDowell and Rutherford counties. They will be assisted by personnel from a N.C. Forest Service youth program.

The prescribed burns will affect approximately 400 acres on South Mountains State Park, 200 acres on Cold Mountain Game Land, 2,000 acres on Pisgah Game Land, and 700 acres on South Mountains Game Land.  These burns will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement, and reduction of brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires.

“Prescribed fire is an essential tool in wildlife management, especially in fire-adapted and fire-dependent forest communities,” said Dean Simon, a wildlife biologist and forester with the Wildlife Commission. “Many wildlife species and habi

Rank (0) Views 429 On Tue, Apr 01, 2014 2:48 PM, 17 days ago

APEX, N.C. (April 1, 2014) — Hop on down to Crowder District Park on April 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 15th Annual FrogFest, a free, family-friendly event that celebrates frogs and water quality in Wake County.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC), will staff a booth featuring live animals, such as frogs, toads, salamanders and non-venomous snakes, as well as the popular “Spot the Copperhead” game where attendees can test their snake-identification skills. Staff also will have displays and information about creating a backyard habitat to attract wildlife — in particular amphibians and reptiles.

Children visiting the Wildlife Commission and NCPARC booth can get free buttons, tattoos and stickers featuring a variety of reptiles and amphibians.

Wake County Parks and Recreation hosts FrogFest the first Saturday in April each year. Along with live animals, the

Rank (0) Views 374 On Tue, Apr 01, 2014 9:18 AM, 17 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 1, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in nongame wildlife resources conservation. 

The Wildlife Commission will accept nominations this year from April 1-30. Anyone interested in submitting an award nomination must submit a nomination form and a detailed essay of the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation. The essay is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point font). Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator.

Download the nomination form at ncwildlife.org. Click on the “Thomas L. Quay Award” scrolling icon located at the bottom of the home page. Submit nominations by:

Rank (0) Views 4566 On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 2:57 PM, 21 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 28, 2014) — The statewide spring season for wild turkeys — male and bearded turkeys only — opens Saturday, April 5, with a one-week youth season that lasts through April 11. The season for all hunters opens April 12 and continues through May 10.

During youth season, only turkey hunting by youth less than 16 years old is allowed. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. The adult may accompany more than one youth during a particular hunt and the adult cannot harvest a turkey. Each youth must have a Big Game Harvest Report Card and report harvest. License-exempt youth should report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card for License-Exempt hunters.

The daily limit is one and the possession and season limit is two per hunter, only one of which may be taken during youth season.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding turkey hunters of some basic safety guidelines, such as identifyi

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