Rank (0) Views 23831 On Wed, Aug 07, 2013 8:07 AM, 498 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2013) — North Carolina will allow the use of suppressors on firearms while legally taking wildlife, effective Oct. 1. A suppressor, sometimes referred to as a “silencer,” muffles or minimizes the report of a firearm when it is fired.

This statutory change is not reflected in the 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, which was published by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission prior to the legislation being passed.

A hunter or trapper must meet federal requirements to own a suppressor, which includes registering the device and paying a federal tax, along with a criminal background check processed by the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s county of residence.

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms administers the procedure to own a firearms suppressor,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy, field supervisor for the Commission’s Division of

Rank (0) Views 3899 On Mon, Aug 05, 2013 3:55 PM, 499 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 5, 2013) — 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.

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 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 traditionally have been held to receive comments on waterfowl seasons. However, attendance at these meetings had declined over time and public input was minimal at most lo

Rank (0) Views 9812 On Fri, Aug 02, 2013 2:57 PM, 502 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2013) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed into its ranks 20 new wildlife officers with a sworn duty to enforce boating and conservation laws, and protect the public.

Graduation ceremonies took place today at Campbell University, culminating 20 weeks of rigorous and intensive training for the class of 2013.

The new wildlife officers now will begin six months of on-the-job training under supervision of a veteran officer. Upon completion of this field training, they will receive a permanent duty station assignment.

Wildlife officers must meet expanded law enforcement qualification standards in North Carolina. Candidates for training to become an officer are required to pass extensive background, psychological and physical screenings prior to entering the training school. Instruction covers statutory and investigation procedures, defensive tactics, fish and game laws, as well as pursuit driving and boating.

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Rank (0) Views 2535 On Fri, Aug 02, 2013 2:08 PM, 502 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C.  (Aug. 2, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting registration for “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” seminars to be held in September at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. 

The popular and free seminars are scheduled for Sept. 10, Sept. 12 and Sept. 17, from 6:30-9 p.m. with each covering the same material. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructors Guy Gardner and Howard Walters, III, both from the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), will provide information on field dressing, processing techniques and taxidermy. They also will have a taste testing to show different ways to cook and serve venison.

For more information or to register, contact Casey Williams at casey.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0202.

The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation

Rank (0) Views 7398 On Thu, Aug 01, 2013 10:19 AM, 503 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 1, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to help document observations of nine-banded armadillos, as the bony-plated mammals expand their range in this state.

The public may report observations of armadillos by contacting Extension Wildlife Biologist Ann May at 919-707-0068 or ann.may@ncwildlife.org.

The nine-banded armadillo is about the size of a house cat or opossum and it has a gray to brownish-gray body with narrow, jointed armor bands on its midsection.  It feeds primarily on invertebrates, including insects, snails and earthworms. Depending on temperatures, the armadillo can be nocturnal, crepuscular or even active during the day.

The first confirmed armadillo sighting in North Carolina occurred in 2008. The Wildlife Resources Commission allows armadillos to be hunted year-round with no bag limit. Armadillos can be trapped during the regulated trapping season.

“Whether armadillos continue

Rank (0) Views 3339 On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 4:15 PM, 504 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 31, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting in Denton on Monday, Aug. 5, to hear comments on a proposal to convert 60 acres of Alcoa Game Land to archery-only hunting in the vicinity of Tuckertown Reservoir on either side of Lick Creek. This block of land is currently accessible by water only and is located just north of the intersection of Cole Road and Lick Creek Church Road in southern Davidson County. 

The meeting is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Denton branch of the Davidson County Public Library, located at 310 W. Salisbury Street, Denton.   

For more information, call the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management at (919) 707-0150. For more information on game lands, visit the interactive game land map at www.ncwildlife.org.

Rank (0) Views 4747 On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 4:01 PM, 504 days ago

TROY, N.C. (July 31, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and U.S. Forest Service are partnering to host an informational meeting on Saturday, Aug. 3, to discuss future management of the Flintlock Valley shooting range in the Uwharrie National Forest.

The meeting, which is scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., will be held at the Garner Center, located at 210 Burnette Street in Troy, Montgomery County.

The Flintlock Valley shooting range has been closed since 2010. The cooperative venture to re-open the public shooting range will include Wildlife Commission personnel to staff the range and funding support from the Forest Service. Prior to re-opening the range, the Wildlife Commission is redesigning and upgrading the facility as well as incorporating additional safeguards.

Safety improvements planned for the Flintlock Valley shooting range include moving the berm for the pistol range closer to the firing line, raising the height of the berm for the rifle range, and

Rank (0) Views 1361 On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 3:30 PM, 505 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2013) Download the PDF below for the August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice.

August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 2252 On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 1:48 PM, 506 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (July 29, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering numerous outdoor-related events, clinics and workshops this month through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard in Transylvania County.

All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and may require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Nature Nuts: Amphibians – Aug. 3, Aug. 13 and Aug. 24, 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Spend the morning with staff and learn about amphibians. Activities will include story time, making a craft, and an outside hike in search of amphibians.

Eco Explorers: Salamanders – Aug. 3 and Aug. 13, 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Learn about these fascinating amphibians. Learn to identify local species of salamanders, their habitat requirements and why they are so important to ecosystems.

Fly-Tying for the Beginner, Level II – Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. For

Rank (0) Views 2708 On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 8:59 AM, 512 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 24, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the Quality Deer Management Association, will hold a free deer hunting seminar at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on Sept. 5.

The seminar, which was developed for novice hunters, is scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. While there is no registration fee, space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Participants will gain practical knowledge and learn skills to improve their hunting abilities in the field. Topics to be covered include:
Deer behavior and habitat
Scouting techniques
Firearms and archery equipment
North Carolina hunting license and regulations requirements
Tree stand safety

For more information or to register, contact Casey Williams at casey.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0202.

The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildl

Rank (0) Views 2466 On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 8:11 AM, 513 days ago

MARSHALL, N.C. (July 23, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 30, at 7 p.m., in Marshall to seek input in developing a management plan for Sandy Mush Game Land. The meeting will be held at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Madison Campus.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Sandy Mush Game Land for the next 10 years. The game land is located approximately 12 miles northwest of the city of Asheville in northern Buncombe and southern Madison counties.  It comprises 2,832 acres and is a popular destination for hunters, hikers and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts.  One of its most popular attractions is the unique habitat types that provide good hunting opportunities as well as opportunities for birding and wildlife watching.          


Rank (0) Views 3155 On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 4:25 PM, 516 days ago

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority to enhance aquatic vegetation in Randleman Reservoir, a 3,000-acre reservoir located in Randolph and Guilford counties.

In June, Commission staff helped build 13 fenced-in, protected areas in the reservoir and planted them with aquatic vegetation. The protected areas are located in shallow areas near the shore and will help shield the young plants from turtles, carp and other predators that eat aquatic vegetation.

Mark Fowlkes, an aquatic habitat coordinator for the Commission, hopes the groups of plants, known as “founder colonies,” will grow outside of the fenced areas and spread to other parts of the reservoir.

“We planted emergent, rooted-floating leaf and submerged plant species, such as lizard tail, arrowhead, soft-stem bulrush, pickerelweed, white-water lily and eelgrass, to provide nursery

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