Rank (0) Views 1201 On Fri, May 22, 2015 9:23 AM, 43 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — Space remains for a one-day fly-fishing workshop for women only at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on June 13, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The fly-fishing workshop is part of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program. Fly-fishing workshop participants will receive hands-on instruction from experienced instructors on the basics of fly fishing, including casting, knots and fly tying. After learning the basics, participants will test their new skills by fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill on two ponds at the center.

Participants should bring sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable clothing and footwear. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. A registration fee of $20 covers rods, reels and all equipment, as well as lunch, drinks and snacks. Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information is availab


Rank (0) Views 2752 On Thu, May 21, 2015 4:27 PM, 43 days ago



DURHAM, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — To combat a rapidly spreading hydrilla infestation in the Eno River, the Eno River Hydrilla Management Task Force has approved a plan to apply an EPA-approved herbicide in the river from Lawrence Road to N.C. Highway 501, located in Durham and Orange counties.

The task force has hired SePRO Corporation based in Carmel, Ind., with research and support facilities in Whitakers and Rocky Mount. SePRO will apply the herbicide, Sonar Genesis® (fluridone), in a 16-mile target zone of the river, starting May 27, weather permitting, through the end of September.  The company will apply the herbicide in a concentration well within the limits approved by the EPA— a concentration that is both safe for swimmers and boaters and non-toxic to fish and wildlife.

The herbicide treatment project is part of a two-year pilot program to reduce the presence of hydrilla in the Eno River. Hydrilla is a highly destructive, nonnative aquat


Rank (0) Views 15840 On Thu, May 21, 2015 3:38 PM, 43 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management in North Carolina. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from deer hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina.  

Wildlife Commission biologists will share a recently completed biological evaluation of the state’s deer herd, including the average ages of bucks and does harvested, the peak breeding dates, and the timing of the harvest. Discussion will include how each of these can play a role in determining the future of deer management in North Carolina as well as other topics of interest to deer hunters. Commissioners and staff will welcome questions and discussion on the future of deer hunting and deer management in North Carolina.

“White-tailed deer are the most popular hunted species in North Carolina,


Rank (0) Views 7606 On Thu, May 21, 2015 1:55 PM, 44 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 31 trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on June 6.

From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. on June 6, delayed-harvest trout waters are open only to anglers 15 years old and younger. At noon, waters open to all anglers. Delayed-harvest waters will stay open under hatchery-supported regulations through Sept. 30. During this time, anglers can keep up to seven trout per day — with no bait restrictions and no minimum size limits.

The Wildlife Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters in the fall and spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching trout. When summer arrives, waters become too warm for trout to survive so the Commission opens delayed-harvest streams and lakes to harvest. Delayed-harvest trout waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs. 

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Rank (0) Views 246 On Thu, May 21, 2015 10:12 AM, 44 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is continuing two prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: Two locations: Suggs Mill Pond Game Land – 40 acres in Bladen County, 5 miles northeast of White Oak. GPS coordinates: 34 48.5’, -78 40.3’
Sandhills Game Land – 436 acres in Richmond and Scotland counties.  GPS coordinates: 34.89709  79.5795

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

WHEN: May 21, 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.


Rank (0) Views 1373 On Tue, May 19, 2015 2:56 PM, 45 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (May 19, 2015)  Download the PDF below for the May 21, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda.

May 21, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 228 On Tue, May 19, 2015 1:21 PM, 46 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 19, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is continuing two prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: Two locations: Suggs Mill Pond Game Land – 100 acres in Bladen County, 5 miles northeast of White Oak. GPS coordinates: 34 49.2’, -78 40.7’
Sandhills Game Land – 225 acres in Richmond County.  GPS coordinates: 34.95869 79.484

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

WHEN: May 19, 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.


Rank (0) Views 745 On Mon, May 18, 2015 1:46 PM, 47 days ago



KINSTON, N.C. (May 18, 2015) — Neuseway Nature Park and Neuse Sport Shop will co-host a free fishing event on June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 15 and younger at the park’s pond featuring a fishing pier, stocked catfish and a solar-powered fish feeder.

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 2015.

The events, which are held throughout the state each year from late May through early June, are listed here, 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’s license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neu


Rank (0) Views 393 On Mon, May 18, 2015 9:56 AM, 47 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 18, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: Two locations: Suggs Mill Pond Game Land – 63 acres in Bladen County, 5 miles northeast of White Oak. GPS coordinates: 34.807144, -78.632540
Sandhills Game Land – 529 acres in Richmond County.  GPS coordinates: 35.06712  79.6469

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

WHEN: May 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.


Rank (0) Views 1948 On Thu, May 14, 2015 1:37 PM, 51 days ago



Note: The news release below was issued by Duke Energy on May 14, 2015

LILESVILLE, N.C. – In order to accommodate upcoming planned maintenance work, Duke Energy will temporarily lower Blewett Falls Lake by six feet beginning May 26. The lower lake level, which is within the normal operating range, is necessary to safely perform the work at areas next to the dam.


Following the gradual drawdown, the work is scheduled to begin June 1 and should last approximately two weeks. Once the work is completed, lake levels will gradually return to normal levels depending on weather conditions and lake inflow.


During this period, the Grassy Island Access Area will be closed to motorized boats. The Pee Dee Access Area and the Blewett Falls Fishing Area will remain open.  Boaters and lake visitors are reminded to use caution and be aware of possible navigation hazards that can be exposed due to lower lake levels.


To ensure the safety of visitors and boaters, we will con


Rank (0) Views 486 On Thu, May 14, 2015 10:12 AM, 51 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 14, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: Three locations: Roanoke River Game Land – 65 acres of the Woods Island Tract in Bertie County, 3.5 miles northwest of Lewiston. GPS coordinates: 36° 8.9’, 77° 14.7’ Suggs Mill Pond Game Land – 21 acres in Bladen County, 5 miles northeast of  White Oak. GPS coordinates: 34 49.6’, -78 42.9’ Sandhills Game Land – 240 acres in Richmond County.  GPS coordinates: 35.06712  79.6469

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

WHEN: May 14, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 


Rank (0) Views 751 On Tue, May 12, 2015 4:00 PM, 52 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 12, 2015) — Enforcement officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be conducting a litter awareness campaign at several Piedmont public access areas May 15-16, passing along a “pack it in, pack it out” message to visitors, as well as issuing citations for littering violations.

Littering, a misdemeanor punishable by a minimum fine of $250 plus court costs, poses a problem at public boating access areas, fishing areas and game lands across the state. Most of these areas are not staffed and provide unrestricted access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — factors that make it easy for people to leave trash without being caught and difficult for enforcement officers to catch offenders.

“Patrolling these areas and catching litterbugs are difficult to do given that we have to catch them in the act,” said Lt. Sam Craft with the Commission. “This requires hours of sitting and waiting for pe

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