Rank (0) Views 2253 On Wed, May 14, 2014 7:39 AM, 414 days ago



TROY, N.C. (May 14, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is beginning construction on a new fishing access area on the Uwharrie River at the N.C. Hwy. 109 bridge north of Troy in Montgomery Co. During construction, existing access at this site will be closed for public safety.

The site, an unused N.C. Department of Transportation right-of-way left over from a bridge realignment project, had been used informally by the public to access the river.

The Commission has scheduled construction to be completed by July 1 and will notify the public after it has reopened.

The new fishing access area will have dedicated parking spaces, a stairway to the river and a canoe slide for launching and retrieving canoes. Construction will be funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes state fishing license money and funds generated from taxes on fishing tackle and other fishing-related expenditures. This new site will be the second fishing access area t


Rank (0) Views 1604 On Wed, May 14, 2014 7:24 AM, 414 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (May 14, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer an introduction to the tenkara style of fishing through two upcoming clinics this month at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

The hands-on instruction is free, but requires pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Jason Sparks, of Appalachian Tenkara, will lead instruction about this form of traditional Japanese fly-fishing. Primarily used for mountain streams, tenkara is a popular method of angling among freshwater mountain anglers in Japan, with increasing popularity in the United States.

Tenkara 101 will be held Saturday, May 17, 9-11 a.m. Topics will include history, equipment orientation, a perspective on Japanese flies (kebari), and using tenkara in local waters.

Tenkara Level II will be held May 23, 9-11 a.m. This program will include fishing techniques, detailed equipment options, and casting mechanics for anglers ready to learn advance




MEDIA ADVISORY

WHO: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Forest Service will host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the Flintlock Valley Shooting Range on the Uwharrie National Forest. State Senator Stan Bingham, representing Davidson and Montgomery counties, will attend, along with staff from the Wildlife Commission, U.S. Forest Service and National Rifle Association. This invitation has been extended only to regional media.

WHAT: Closed since 2010, Flintlock Shooting Range is one of the few public shooting ranges in the Piedmont region. The Wildlife Commission and Forest Service have partnered to  renovate and upgrade the facility, including construction of additional safeguards. The range will offer competition shoots, hunter preparation courses, general target shooting, and in the future, may offer safety training.

WHEN: Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, May 23, 2014, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Flintlock Vall


Rank (0) Views 896 On Tue, May 13, 2014 12:54 PM, 415 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (May 13, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 22nd committee meetings' notice. May 21-22, 2014 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 1262 On Tue, May 13, 2014 10:21 AM, 415 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 13, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today in Richmond County.

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

WHEN: May 13.

WHERE: One location:

·         149 acres on Sandhills Game Land at Six Points


Rank (0) Views 2318 On Tue, May 13, 2014 9:31 AM, 415 days ago



KINSTON, N.C. (May 13, 2014)  —  Neuseway Nature Park and Neuse Sport Shop will co-host a free fishing event on June 7 from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 15 and younger at the park’s pond featuring a fishing pier and stocked catfish.

The event is one of 40 kids’ fishing events supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service, to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2014.

The events, which are held throughout the state each year from late-May through early June, are listed on the Commission’s website, alphabetically by county. 

Young anglers registered at any of these fishing events can enter a statewide drawing for a chance to win one of more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, do


Rank (0) Views 1789 On Tue, May 13, 2014 8:36 AM, 415 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 13, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will join with the National Safe Boating Council to promote National Safe Boating Week on May 17-23. The week will encourage a safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach and training. 

Simple steps help ensure safety, said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. His boating safety tips include the following recommendations:

Do not operate a boat while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and do not maneuver in a reckless manner;

Follow all navigational rules while underway; and,

Wear a personal flotation device, better known as a life vest, while on the water.

“It’s the one recommendation — wearing a life vest — that can make the biggest life-or-death difference in the event of an accident,” Huebner said.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in


Rank (0) Views 1150 On Mon, May 12, 2014 2:12 PM, 416 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 12, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today in Richmond County.

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

WHEN: May 12.

WHERE: One location:

·         84 acres on Sandhills Game Land at Six Points

 

 


Rank (0) Views 1302 On Mon, May 12, 2014 1:44 PM, 416 days ago



WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (May 12, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two fishing workshops in May and June in Waynesville.

The workshops are free and open to participants 6 years old and older, with space limited and pre-registration required.

Participants will learn how to identify common fish, rig a fishing pole and bait a hook. All equipment and bait will be provided.

“The simple hands-on instruction, along with plenty of fishing, helps young anglers and fishing newcomers feel more comfortable and confident when they go fishing,” said Tanya Poole, the Commission’s mountain region education specialist. “Participants come away more knowledgeable and ready to have fun.”

Both events will be held on the campus of the N.C. Department of Agriculture’s Mountain Research Station, 265 Test Farm Road:

May 24, from 10 a.m. to noon    

June 19, from 10 a.m


Rank (0) Views 2399 On Thu, May 08, 2014 10:24 AM, 420 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will kick-off “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive,” a multi-agency safety initiative aimed at summer holiday travel, with a news conference on May 19 at Upper Barton Creek Boating Access Area on Falls Lake.

The campaign will work to reduce accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, which see increased traffic during summer months. Many accidents are alcohol-related. In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08, or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, is subject to arrest.

Participating agencies will highlight the importance of having a designated driver, whether operating a vehicle or vessel. Law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and increase patrols during busy summer holiday weekends.

The campaign is supported and coordinated by the Wildlife C


Rank (0) Views 1779 On Tue, May 06, 2014 9:41 AM, 422 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 6, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering fishing camps this summer for youths ages 9 to 17 at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

Three one-week camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon in June, July and August. A registration fee of $20 is required for each week of camp. Loaner rods and reels, as well as bait and other materials, are included in the registration price.

The first and second camps, open to youths ages 9 to 13, will be held June 16-20 and July 14-18. The third camp will be held Aug. 11-15 and will be open to youth ages 14 to 17. Each day, camp participants will learn new fishing skills and fish in one of several ponds at the center. The tentative schedule is:

·         Monday – lanyard making and fishing for catfish

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Rank (0) Views 1155 On Tue, May 06, 2014 9:32 AM, 422 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 6, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today in Scotland County.

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

WHEN: May 6.

WHERE: One location:

·         406 acres on Sandhills Game Land at Whisky Still and Hoffman Roads 

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