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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering free outdoor recreational classes this summer through its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The classes are open to the public but have some age restrictions, and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Equipment and materials are provided.

The summer schedule: Fishing (ages 8-12) June 9-10, 9 a.m. to noon; learn the basics of fishing, including baiting your hook, casting practice, and making your own soft plastic lures. Fishing (ages 13-adult) June 11, 9 a.m. to noon; learn the basics of fishing, including rigging your line, casting practice, fish ID, and fishing in Lake Raleigh. Fishing (ages 5-7) June 16, 9-11 a.m.; learn the basics of fishing, including baiting your hook, casting practice, and fishing in Lake Raleigh. Hunting 101 (ages 5-7) July 7, 9-11 a.m.; learn the basics of hunting big game in North Carolina, including wildlife


Rank (0) Views 771 On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 1:04 PM, 28 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering three free fishing skills events in May at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

A Surf Fishing Seminar, scheduled for May 5 from 6:30-9 p.m., is for participants who want to learn the basics of fishing from the surf. Topics will include selecting baits and equipment, reading the water, rigging and casting. Participants also will practice casting a 5-ounce weight, using a 10, 12 or 13-foot surf rod with both spinning and baitcasting surf reels.

A Walleye Fishing Seminar, scheduled for May 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., will provide information on one of North Carolina’s most overlooked fishing opportunities — walleye fishing on Lake Gaston. Mike Thacker, a former professional walleye angler, will present tips and techniques on trolling, drifting and jigging for Gaston’s walleye.

“Mike’s vast experienc


Rank (0) Views 716 On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 11:47 AM, 28 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (April 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced its May schedule of outdoors events and programs at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

All events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Nature Nuts: Salamanders – May 4, 13 & 23; 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Explore Pisgah National Forest in search of the area’s most fascinating amphibians, salamanders.

 
Eco Explorers: Bird Watching – May 4 & 23; 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Discover the types of birds you can expect to find at backyard feeders and in the forest.

 
Beginner Outdoor Photography (Level I) – May 2; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For ages 14 and older. Brush up on the basics of photography and composition while focusing on wildlife and their habitats.

 
On the Water: West Fork Pigeon River – May 7; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For ag


Rank (0) Views 705 On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 5:10 PM, 29 days ago



NOTE: This is a news release issued April 29, 2015 by Duke Energy

TOPTON, N.C. – In order to facilitate work for site enhancements, Duke Energy will temporarily close the Big Choga Access Area on Lake Nantahala beginning May 4.


Improvements to the Big Choga Access Area including paving the parking lot and constructing an accessible vault toilet. The boat ramp will be closed to facilitate the construction activities. During this period, guests may launch boats at the Rocky Branch Access Area located at 28 Alpine Shores Lane. The work at the Big Choga Access Area is scheduled to be completed by the fall 2015 based on weather conditions.


“These improvements are part of ongoing efforts by Duke Energy to ensure quality access areas are available to the recreational boating public for use at our lakes,” said John Crutchfield, director of Duke Energy’s public safety and recreation strategy planning services. 


Big Choga Access Area


Rank (0) Views 786 On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 12:34 PM, 29 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through June 26 for two seats on its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee — a board of North Carolina citizens that provides advice to the Commission on nongame wildlife conservation issues across the state.

The first seat is an “expert affiliate seat.” Nominees for this seat should have extensive biological, regional, academic, scientific and/or habitat expertise and experience in matters dealing with nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina.

The second seat is an at-large “affiliate seat.” Nominees for this seat should be qualified individuals from land trusts serving North Carolina, federal natural resource agencies other than the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, non-governmental conservation organizations, industries with operations and/or management that have landscape-scale effects on wildlife, or other organizatio


Rank (0) Views 7299 On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 12:16 PM, 30 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will extend the striped bass harvest season within the Roanoke River Management Area until midnight on Sunday, May 3. The season had been set to expire by rule on April 30.

The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to the mouth of the river at Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

The Commission is extending the season to allow anglers additional opportunity to harvest the remaining pounds of the harvest quota for striped bass allocated to the Roanoke River. The quota of striped bass established for 2015 is 68,750 pounds. Through April 30, the end of the regular harvest season, the number of pounds projected to be harvested is about 56,000 pounds. The Commission calculates the harvest estimate by interviewing anglers as they complete fishing trips on the river.

“We have seen steady


Rank (0) Views 488 On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 10:06 AM, 31 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: 3 locations:

·        Shocco Creek Game Land – 259 acres on the Wood Tract in Franklin County, ½ mile east of Wood. GPS coordinates: 36 11.71, 78 2.51

·        Jordan Game Land – 126 acres in Chatham County, 1.5 mile southeast of Wilsonville. GPS coordinates: 35.7203, -78.9841

·        Sandhills Game Land – 232 acres in Richmond County. GPS coordinates: 35.05881  79.6062 (see map to the right)

 

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


Rank (0) Views 2449 On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 2:17 PM, 31 days ago



ELLERBE, N.C. (April 27, 2015) — Forbush High School and Park Ridge Christian School teams emerged as champions at the 2015 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament on Saturday.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission held the pre-collegiate sports state championship at Millstone 4-H Center in Richmond County for youth to showcase their outdoor skills and demonstrate safety techniques they learned through the Hunter Education Program.

Youth competed in team and individual categories for rifle, shotgun, archery and orienteering on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events.

Forbush High, of Yadkin County, won the senior division with an overall score of 3,828 out of a possible 4,000, while Park Ridge Christian, of Stanly County, won the junior division with an overall score of 3,727. Team and individual winners are available here.

There were 599 stud


Rank (0) Views 212 On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 10:31 AM, 31 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

·         Sandhills Game Land – 144 acres in Richmond County. GPS coordinates: 35 02.819  79 36.608 

 

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

WHEN: April 27, 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.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Mitch Kirkland to captain for District 9, where he will manage and supervise law enforcement operations for conservation, including hunting, fishing and boating regulations.

Kirkland will supervise 22 wildlife officers in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, Buncombe and Henderson counties. A 21-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, he previously was a lieutenant stationed in Rutherford County. His predecessor, Tim Sisk, recently retired.  

“It’s nice to be back home supervising and patrolling the areas where I hunted and fished as a boy,” Kirkland said. “It’s a special place to me, which holds lots of enjoyable outdoor memories. It will be my privilege to serve the citizens, sportsmen and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as District 9 captain.”

Kirkland


Rank (0) Views 952 On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 4:54 PM, 34 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (April 24, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, May 21st commission meeting notice. May 21, 2015 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 252 On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 10:02 AM, 35 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 24, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: Three locations:

·         R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell in Caswell County – 122 acres, 3.3 miles southeast of Yanceyville: GPS coordinates: 36.3660, -79.2966

 

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

WHEN: April 24, 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.

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