Rank (0) Views 5415 On Fri, Jan 08, 2016 11:54 AM, 33 days ago



LITTLETON, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2016) — If Zakk Royce’s experiences are any indication, Lake Gaston holds some monster blue catfish.

The Murfreesboro angler caught not one but two state record blue catfishes in a 24-hour period last month.

The first fish, caught on Dec. 20, weighed 91 pounds and measured 53 inches in length. On Dec. 21, Royce landed his second state record, a 105-pound blue, measuring 55.75 inches in length. He caught both fish using cut bait.

Both fish were weighed on certified scales at Ace Hardware in Littleton and examined and identified by District 3 Assistant Fisheries Biologist Evan Cartabiano. After the fish were weighed Royce released them back into the lake.

The previous blue catfish state record was set back in 2006 by Eric Fincher of Mount Pleasant, who caught a blue catfish weighing 89 pounds from Badin Lake on Nov. 25. He, too, released the fish back into Badin Lake after it was certified as the state record.

To qualify for a


Rank (0) Views 7452 On Fri, Jan 08, 2016 10:51 AM, 33 days ago



RALEIGH (Jan. 7, 2016) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announces a new program that could reward members of the public who report suspicious activity or provide knowledge related to wildlife poaching violations that results in a conviction. The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) program was created to encourage any concerned citizen to report information on wildlife violations.

“Wildlife crimes affect us all, whether we are hunters, anglers, trappers, bird watchers or just someone who enjoys walking in the woods,” said Lt. B.J. Meyer, assistant training director and communications supervisor for the Commission’s Law Enforcement Division. “Despite our constant efforts, it is not possible for our officers to apprehend all violators on their own. We need the guidance and support of the public to be most effective, so we rely on our citizens to assist in the reduction of wildlife crimes.” 

The Turn-In-Poachers program


Rank (0) Views 406 On Mon, Jan 04, 2016 11:02 AM, 37 days ago





RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2016) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

Suggs Mill Pond Game Land in Bladen County; 117 acres 1 mile northeast of Jerome. GPS coordinates: 34 51.7’, -78 43.4’

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

WHEN: Jan. 3, 2016

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 1381 On Wed, Dec 30, 2015 3:53 PM, 42 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 30, 2015) — Due to continued rains, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed Conoho Road on the Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land, located in Bertie and Martin counties. 

Earlier this week, the agency closed several of its boating access areas, as well as roads on several southeastern game lands due to high water conditions.

The following boating access areas are currently closed:

 

Fayetteville (Old 87) in Cumberland County Tory Hole in Bladen County Elwells Ferry in Bladen County McNeils Ridge in Robeson County High Hill in Robeson County Lennons Bridge in Robeson County


The agency also has closed the following game land roads due to high water.

River end of Whitehall Road in Whitehall Plantation Game Land, located in Bladen County Camp road on Whitehall Plantation Game Land from about 1/4 of a mile in to river
Lake Road, just past the dam; Sandridge Road and Loop Road on Suggs Mi


Rank (0) Views 1698 On Wed, Dec 30, 2015 12:09 PM, 42 days ago



NEW BERN, N.C. (Dec. 30, 2015) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Jan. 20 to take comments on adopting into its rules a no-wake zone requested on Palmetto Drive Canal in Cedar Point, in Carteret County.

The hearing, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College, which is located at 800 College Court in New Bern.

The Town of Cedar Point sent a formal application to the Wildlife Commission to establish a no-wake zone on Palmetto Drive Canal in Cedar Point.  The Town advertised and held a public hearing, and submitted a resolution requesting the Commission to promulgate rulemaking. The proposal, if approved, will give Wildlife Commission enforcement officers authority to enforce these no-wake zones.

Comments also may be submitted until Jan. 25 to regulations@ncwildlife.org  or to 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701.

This no-wake zone proposal is one of 37 p


Rank (0) Views 909 On Wed, Dec 30, 2015 9:04 AM, 42 days ago



CLYDE, N.C. (Dec. 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Jan.12 to take comments on adopting into its rules a no-vessel-entry swimming area at the Pines Recreation Area Swim Beach on Lake Glenville in Jackson County.

The hearing, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held at Haywood Community College, located at 185 Freelander Drive in Clyde.

Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC sent a formal application to the Wildlife Commission requesting the no-vessel-entry swimming area at the Pines Recreation Area Swim Beach to ensure the safety of swimmers and boaters at the new swim beach. Comments also may be submitted until Jan. 25 to regulations@ncwildlife.org  or to1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701.

This no-vessel entry swimming area proposal is one of 37 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2016-17 seasons that the Commission will be taking comments


Rank (0) Views 12371 On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 3:16 PM, 43 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed the following boating access areas due to high water conditions on the Cape Fear and Lumber rivers in southeastern North Carolina. 

 
Fayetteville (Old 87) in Cumberland County
Tory Hole in Bladen County
Elwells Ferry in Bladen County
McNeils Ridge in Robeson County
High Hill in Robeson County
Lennons Bridge in Robeson County

 

The agency also has closed the following game land roads due to high water.
River end of Whitehall Road in Whitehall Plantation Game Land, located in Bladen County
Camp road on Whitehall Plantation Game Land from about 1/4 of a mile in to river
Lake Road, just past the dam; Sandridge Road and Loop Road on Suggs Mill Pond Game Land in Bladen and Cumberland counties

 

Commission staff will assess conditions later in the week and open access areas and roads as conditions warrant. For more informati


Rank (0) Views 1889 On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 3:41 PM, 61 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2015) – Master Officer Kenneth Ashe of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was named a recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon a state employee. He, along with 12 others, received the honor at an awards banquet at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh in November.

Ashe, who received the award for public service, was recognized for his work providing hunting opportunities to special-needs children and disabled veterans.

He began planning hunting trips for children with special needs in 2012, working with local hunters, landowners, county commissioners, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Emergency Medical Services personnel and volunteers to help with the hunts. He secured donations for special equipment, such as track chairs and a motorized mobility system for quadriplegics, to make the hunt more accessible and, ultimately, more successful for participants. During the first hunt, two


Rank (0) Views 961 On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 3:08 PM, 61 days ago



COROLLA, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will change the hours of operation for its Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education starting Dec. 14.

The center, which is located in Currituck Heritage Park on Highway 12 in Corolla, will open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last entry at 4:30 p.m. The center will maintain these winter hours until March 26, 2016.

Among the exhibits at the center are an 8,000-gallon aquarium stocked with native fishes found in Currituck Sound, a special decoy gallery with more than 250 antique waterfowl decoys and a life-size diorama of a duck blind in a salt marsh. For more information on the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, including a list of upcoming programs, visit www.ncwildlife.org/enjoying.


Rank (0) Views 8951 On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 1:49 PM, 61 days ago



MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering Lake Norman anglers who catch a tagged hybrid striped bass a $100 reward if they report their catch.

In order to receive the reward, anglers must retain the tag. Anglers who catch a hybrid striped bass with an orange tag will need to remove and keep all tags and provide the following information to Corey Oakley, the Commission’s Piedmont fisheries research coordinator: Tag number Date of capture Location of capture in relation to some known landmark If the fish was harvested or released If they were a boat or bank angler Bait type used during capture

Fisheries biologists with the Commission will begin tagging hybrid striped bass this month in Lake Norman. Biologists will continue to tag hybrid striped bass each month through 2016. This study will help biologists understand better the hybrid striped bass harvest in Lake Norman; determine if stocking rates need adjusting;


Rank (0) Views 686 On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 9:17 AM, 61 days ago





RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land in Martin County; 20 acres; GPS coordinates: 35o 52.6’, 77o 8.03’ 3.8 miles Northwest of Williamston

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

WHEN: Dec. 11, 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 35859 On Wed, Dec 09, 2015 1:07 PM, 63 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 9, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2016-17 seasons.

Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes is one that would allow the sale of raw (untanned) deer hides from an animal that has been legally harvested or was killed by a motor vehicle. Current regulations regarding the reporting and identification of harvested deer would apply, but there are no proposed additional tagging requirements for selling hides. Processed hides require a Trophy Sale permit in order to be sold legally.

Another wildlife management-related proposal would change the definition of a bear cub from any bear weighing less than 50 pounds to one weighing less than 75 pounds. This proposed regulation is necessary to make the commission’s rules consistent with state law adopted in the 2015 legisl

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