Rank (0) Views 1725 On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 2:48 PM, 20 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 12, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the 2015 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments, marking the 37th year for the popular statewide pre-collegiate shooting sports events.

The Commission will conduct nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part. Teams will compete in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, as well as an orienteering challenge and a wildlife quiz.

The 2015 schedule:

• March 7, Chatham Wildlife Club near Bear Creek, Chatham County (District 5)

• March 14, Pitt County Wildlife Club near Greenville, Pitt County (District 2)

• March 14, Rose Hill Farms near Nashville, Nash County (District 3)

• March 21, Lentz Hunter Education Complex near Ellerbe (District 6)

• March 21, Catawba Valley Wildlife Club near Vale, Catawba County (District 8)

• March 21, Po


Rank (0) Views 128 On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 10:09 AM, 20 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 12, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting three prescribed burns on the following game lands.

WHERE: Three locations:

·         99 acres on the Chowan Swamp Game Land in Gates County; Sand Banks tract 5 miles northwest of Eure

·         200 acres on the Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County

 ·        118 acres on Holly Shelter Game Land

 

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

WHEN: Feb. 12, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 7


Rank (0) Views 689 On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 4:38 PM, 22 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (February 10, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, March 5th commission meeting notice.
March 5, 2015 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 709 On Mon, Feb 09, 2015 10:34 AM, 23 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2015) — Wildlife Officer Sgt. Reggie Barker with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been honored as North Carolina’s Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2014.

The prestigious award is presented annually by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and its regional partner, the Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association. The recipient must have demonstrably made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement.

Barker was recognized for his role in a dangerous nighttime rescue on the rain-swollen Cape Fear River, for which he also received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence. A stranded kayaker likely would have drowned had not Barker and fellow officers acted decisively and quickly to reach him.

Barker also was cited for his work as the incident commander for a week-long search-and-recovery effort on Jordan Lake for a missing boater. He coordinated diff


Rank (0) Views 365 On Fri, Feb 06, 2015 11:14 AM, 26 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting two prescribed burns on the following game lands across the state.

WHERE: Two locations:

·         27 acres on the R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land in Caswell County, approximately 3 miles east of Yanceyville

·         153 acres on the Sandhills Game Land in Scotland County

 

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

WHEN: Feb. 6, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363


Rank (0) Views 12942 On Fri, Feb 06, 2015 10:38 AM, 26 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 17 free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March and April 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 eight locations throughout the state. 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.

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 more complex hunting tactics, calls and decoys. Advan


Rank (0) Views 290 On Thu, Feb 05, 2015 3:42 PM, 27 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2015) — It’s not too late to recognize someone who is a leader in nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina with a nomination for the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award.

The award, now in its 10th year, is presented to individuals who have a passion for wildlife conservation and who have made outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina. The first recipient was Dr. Quay himself, a retired professor of zoology at N.C. State University and self-described “full-time volunteer and unpaid environmental activist.” Quay, who passed away in April 2012, served on a variety of conservation boards while lobbying state agencies for various environmental causes.

The nomination period for the award closes Feb. 10. Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a detailed essay of the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation. The essay is limited to two pages (8&


Rank (0) Views 291 On Thu, Feb 05, 2015 11:43 AM, 27 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting a prescribed burn on the Sandhills Game Land.

WHERE: 143 acres on Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County.

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

WHEN: Feb. 5, 2015

CONTACT: For questions, please contact Hannah Whitley, processing assistant for the Division of Engineering and Lands Management, at 919-707-0363.


Rank (0) Views 545 On Wed, Feb 04, 2015 10:40 AM, 28 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 4, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today is conducting prescribed burns on the following game lands across the state.

WHERE: 3 locations:

·   450 acres on Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County.

·  127 acres on Green River Game Land in Polk County.

·  31 acres on Roanoke River Game Land in Bertie County.

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

WHEN: Feb. 4, 2015

CONTACT: For questions, please contact Hannah Whitley, processing assistant for the Division of Engineering and Lands Management, at 919-707-0363.


Rank (0) Views 485 On Tue, Feb 03, 2015 3:55 PM, 29 days ago



WHO: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and Dare County will host a ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Manns Harbor Access Area. The media and public are invited to attend.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to noon. This is an outdoor event so please dress accordingly. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Manns Harbor Community Building (approximate address is 6677 Hwy. 64 in Manns Harbor)

WHAT: The Manns Harbor Access Area, which provides access to the Croatan Sound, is important to both commercial and recreational anglers, as well as boaters. The grand opening ceremony celebrates the completion of the second and final phase of access area renovations that include construction of commercial storage and docking facilities. Commission staff completed the first phase of the renovation in December 2012, providing access to recreational anglers and boaters by constructing three new boat ramps,


Rank (0) Views 13212 On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 10:12 AM, 33 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Thursday adopted two resolutions regarding reintroduction of red wolves in North Carolina — the first requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service end its experimental, non-essential red wolf reintroduction project in northeastern North Carolina, and the second requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service capture and remove all individual animals and subsequent offspring that were unauthorized releases on private lands by the federal agency.

The Wildlife Commission cited hybridization with coyotes, encroachment onto private lands and a failure to meet project goals as reasons to end the program in North Carolina. The red wolf reintroduction area occurs in Washington, Beaufort, Tyrrell, Hyde and Dare counties.

The Wildlife Commission cited 64 unauthorized releases of red wolves on private lands in what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had intended to be done on federal public land a


Rank (0) Views 16658 On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 4:53 PM, 34 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today approved temporary rules that will allow conditional daytime coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area by individuals issued an authorizing permit.

Wildlife Commissioners also approved the designation of the red wolf (Canis rufus) as a state-listed threatened species under temporary rules. The process for permanent rules for a state-listing as a threatened species and conditional hunting of coyotes is ongoing.

The action results from a lawsuit brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Institute against the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The suit alleged the Wildlife Commission violated the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing coyote hunting in Dare, Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties where an experimental reintroduction of red wolves by the U.S. Fish and Wildli

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