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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 11, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today on the following game lands across the state.

WHERE: Three locations:

·         Sandhills Game Land in Moore County (215 acres)

·         Pee Dee River Game Land in Richmond County (95 acres)

·         Suggs Mill Pond Game Land in Bladen County (91 acres 5 miles northeast of White Oak)

 

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

WHEN: March 11, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 10, 2015) — It’s going to be a hopping, slithering, slinking kind of day on March 14 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh when the 21st annual Reptile and Amphibian Day kicks off at 9 a.m.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC), will staff an exhibit on the third floor of the museum that features live reptiles and amphibians — collectively known as “herps.”

Visitors will get a close-up view of some common herps in North Carolina, such as Eastern kingsnakes, corn snakes, marbled salamanders, painted turtles, green anoles and southern leopard frogs, just to name a few.  For intrepid visitors who can muster the courage, live snakes will be available for touching.  

The Commission and NCPARC have supported the event over the years to dispel myths and misconceptions about rep


Rank (0) Views 299 On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 9:44 AM, 22 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 10, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two prescribed burns today on the following game land across the state.

WHERE: Two locations:

·        Sandhills Game Land in Scotland County (296 acres –see map to the right)

·        Roanoke River Wetland Game Lands in Martin County (43 acres on the Conoho & Everett tracts, 6 miles north of Williamston)

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

WHEN: March 10, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363


Rank (0) Views 301 On Mon, Mar 09, 2015 10:42 AM, 23 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 9, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three  prescribed burns today on the following game land across the state.

WHERE: Three locations:

·         Jordan Game Land in Chatham County (297 acres 3 miles south of  Wilsonville)

·         Chowan Swamp Game Land in Gates County (75 acres 6 miles NW of Eure)

·         Juniper Creek Game Land in Brunswick County (171 acres 10 miles south of  Bolton)

 

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

WHEN: March 9, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Proces


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 26, 2015) — Spaces are still available in free turkey hunting seminars being conducted in March and April by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation in anticipation of the upcoming spring turkey season.

The seminars, which will be conducted on introductory and advanced levels, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the remaining locations throughout the state listed below. They are open on a first-come, first-serve basis to all ages, although participants 16 years and younger will need parental permission to register.

REGISTER HERE

The introductory seminars are designed for novice hunters or those who have never hunted turkey and would like to learn more. Topics will include biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and ammo selection, camouflage clothing, and turkey cleaning and cooking techniques.

The advanced seminars are for experienced turkey hunters. They will focus on advanced biology, and mo


Rank (0) Views 7144 On Fri, Mar 06, 2015 10:17 AM, 26 days ago



UPDATE 3/26/15: Target shooting is no longer allowed on Holly Shelter and Stones Creek Game Lands in Pender and Onslow counties. The ban is effective immediately. See news release here.

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 6, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission yesterday approved 57 changes to the state’s game land, wildlife management and inland fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons.

Effective dates for new regulations are May 1, 2015 for game land regulation changes and Aug. 1, 2015 for wildlife management and inland fishing regulation changes.

Game Land Regulations Changes

The Commission approved 14 changes to game land regulations that include prohibiting all target shooting on both Holly Shelter and Stones Creek game lands in Pender and Onslow counties, as well as seven other game lands across the state that are within a 30-mile radius of a current or planned shooting range facility. These game lands are:
Angola Bay Game Land, in Duplin and Pen




RALEIGH, N.C. (March 5, 2015) — After receiving numerous reports of damaged property on Holly Shelter  and Stones Creek game lands, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding target shooters that it is illegal to remove, damage or destroy state property.

Target shooters recently have used signs, gates, trees, shrubs and other vegetation on the game lands as make-shift targets and backstops. Shooting any kind of structure on a game land is considered destruction of state property and is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable at the discretion of the court.

Holly Shelter and Stones Creek game lands encompass nearly 67,000 acres in Pender and Onslow counties and are popular destinations for hunters, anglers, birders, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. They also have become popular destinations for target shooters. But without a designated place to shoot, target shooters have set up temporary target areas throughout the game lands, which has resulted in si


Rank (0) Views 712 On Tue, Mar 03, 2015 2:13 PM, 28 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 3, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently awarded $30,000 to local governments for conservation-friendly development projects — $10,000 each to three local governments that met or exceeded goals to incorporate wildlife habitat conservation in land-use planning.

The Cape Fear Council of Governments, Harnett County and Jackson County were the first recipients of funds provided through the “Partners for Green Growth,” a pilot program that reimburses cost-share funds of $10,000 or $20,000 and provides 40 hours of technical assistance to applicants whose planning projects qualify.

The new partnership program provides assistance to local governments to build wildlife habitat conservation into their local development plans and laws so that natural areas, resources and wildlife are better connected across the landscape and less impacted by development — an approach that also has many economic benefi


Rank (0) Views 1322 On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 4:58 PM, 32 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (February 27, 2015) Download the March 5th commission meeting agenda package below.

March 5, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 9 MB)


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Raleigh, N.C. (February 26, 2015)  Download the PDF below for the March 5, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda.

March 5, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


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Raleigh, N.C. (February 26, 2015) Download the PDF's below for the March 4th committee meetings' agendas.
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Agenda (PDF)
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
12:30 - 2 p.m.  Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
2 p.m - 3:30 p.m..  Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Agenda (PDF)
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)




RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has rescheduled two public meetings seeking input on the Goose Creek, Chowan Swamp and Chowan game lands.

The meeting for the Chowan Swamp and Chowan game lands is scheduled for March 3 at 7 p.m., at the Merchant’s Millpond State Park Visitors Center, 176 Millpond Road (GPS coordinates: 36.437105, -76.701585). The meeting, originally scheduled for Feb. 16 and rescheduled to Feb. 24, was postponed both times because of inclement weather.  

The meeting for the Goose Creek Game Land is scheduled for March 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Washington Fire-EMS Station 2, located at 2064 W 15th Street, in Washington. It was scheduled originally for Feb. 18.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meetings to help guide management and user activities on game lands for the next 10 years. Chowan Swamp Game Land is located in Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties and encompasses mor

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