Rank (0) Views 500 On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 3:02 PM, 40 days ago



HERTFORD, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Aug. 20 in Hertford to hear comments on a proposal to establish a no-wake zone on Bethel Creek, a tributary to the Yeopim River in Perquimans County.

The meeting, which will begin at 3 p.m., will be held at the Perquimans 4-H Agricultural Building, located at 601 Edenton Street.

The Wildlife Commission is proposing a no-wake zone because of safety concerns. Currently, approximately six private docks used for swimming, fishing and boating storage are built along Bethel Creek — a narrow, 150-foot wide waterway. Plans for a new subdivision on the northeast side of the creek likely will increase the number of docks and boating traffic.

Wildlife enforcement officers already receive multiple complaints of near misses from boats running at greater than no-wake speed in Bethel Creek. Because of safety concerns for children and families swimming in the creek, along wi


Rank (0) Views 877 On Thu, Aug 07, 2014 2:25 PM, 41 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be just as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting.

“As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one,” said Travis Casper, coordinator of the Commission’s Hunter Education Program. “Whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up a tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.”

Casper recommended using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place. This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury, he said.

“Always select a healthy, straight tree for placement,” he said. “Let someone know where you are or take someone along


Rank (0) Views 1721 On Tue, Aug 05, 2014 10:02 AM, 43 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 5, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer facilitated permit hunts for youth, 12 to 15 years old, during the upcoming hunting season.

“All participants are provided guidance and assistance,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and accompanying adults always have fun and learn — and typically are successful — during these hunts.”

Youth hunters will be selected by a random, computer-generated draw. A $5 nonrefundable administrative fee is charged for each permit hunt application. The 2014 facilitated hunts are:
Sept. 1 Dove, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Gaston County Application Deadline: Aug. 10
Oct. 4 Deer, at Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, Stokes County Application Deadline: Sept. 1
Oct. 18 Deer, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Lincoln and Gaston counties Application


Rank (0) Views 611 On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 3:54 PM, 48 days ago



ALEXANDER, N.C. (July 31, 2014) —Looking for a different way to enjoy time in the outdoors? Why not try a day of butterfly chasing? The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), needs more volunteers to help with the fifth annual NABA Butterfly Count Aug. 4 on the Sandy Mush Game Land.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers will help Commission personnel and local butterfly enthusiasts count butterflies on the 2,600-acre game land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties. Participants will meet at the kiosk parking lot in front of Cedar Hill Baptist Church on 474 Cedar Hill Road in Alexander.

While Sandy Mush Game Land is managed for hunting as part of the Commission’s Game Land Program, it is also home to a wide variety of non-game species, such as songbirds and butterflies. Commission staff manages the game land for quality early successional habitat and frequently conducts prescribed burns, which


Rank (0) Views 2040 On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 4:04 PM, 49 days ago



TROY, N.C. (July 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened a new fishing access area on the Uwharrie River at the N.C. Hwy. 109 bridge, north of Troy in Montgomery County.

The Hwy. 109 Public Fishing Access Area, located at 3597 N.C. Hwy. 109 North, has a stairway to the river and a canoe slide for launching and retrieving canoes. Commission staff also constructed a dedicated parking area, which has two spaces, including one that is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available along the abandoned N.C. 109 bridge approach above the access area. The latitude and longitude for the site are: 35°25'56.15"N, 80° 1'1.96"W.

This is the second access area that the Commission has constructed on the Uwharrie River for small boats. In 2012, the Commission partnered with The LandTrust for Central North Carolina to open Low Water Bridge Fishing Access Area, which is located approximately 7 miles upstream of the new Hwy. 109 fi


Rank (0) Views 4741 On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:33 PM, 49 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is requesting public assistance in a battle against boat ramp buzzards.

Buzzards, which are also known as vultures, have damaged cars, trucks and boat trailers at some Piedmont boating access areas. Damage and nuisance issues created by boat ramp buzzards include scratches on vehicle hoods and roofs, exterior moldings pulled apart and windshield wipers torn away, as well as large amounts of droppings.

To scare vultures away from boat ramps, Wildlife Commission staff is using visual and audial deterrents, including pyrotechnics and replicas of dead vultures.

The Commission requests the public assist in the effort to reduce vulture visitation by keeping access areas clean and removing trash and food remnants. Anglers should not leave behind fish guts, unused bait and fish carcasses, including in the nearby waterway.

Many boaters are covering vehicles with tarps or covers to prevent damage. Other


Rank (0) Views 4091 On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 2:19 PM, 50 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 29, 2014) — Waterfowl hunters in North Carolina will have the option of purchasing a federal duck stamp electronically, starting Aug. 1. The new “Duck E-Stamp” allows the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to sell stamps electronically through its wildlife service agents, online, and by phone, for $16 plus a $2 transaction fee. Hunters who purchase a duck e-stamp will receive electronic authorization immediately and the actual stamp by mail within 45 days of purchase.

Physical stamps may be obtained directly from select post office locations. For more information, visit https://www.duckstamp.com/.

To hunt migratory waterfowl in North Carolina, hunters must have a valid North Carolina hunting license, HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification and a state waterfowl hunting license, also known as the state duck stamp, which is $13. Along with the state duck stamp, hunters also must have a federal duck stamp to hunt migratory


Rank (0) Views 1013 On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 5:39 PM, 51 days ago



TROY, N.C. (July 28, 2014) — The Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership is hosting a free, day-long invasive species workshop for private forestland owners on Aug. 22 at Montgomery County Community College in Troy. 

The “Invasive Species: Identification and Management” workshop will begin a 9 a.m. with an overview from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff on invasive plant species commonly found in the piedmont of North Carolina. Other presentations include early detection and rapid response procedures, as well as an update on new and emerging species, such as mile-a-minute vine and Cogongrass.

Staff also will conduct breakout sessions on invasive plant identification, including some native “look-alike” species, management tools used to eradicate weeds, including different herbicide applications, hand tools and fire, and safety procedures to follow when managing invasive species.

In the afternoon, workshop parti


Rank (0) Views 5368 On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 4:28 PM, 51 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 28, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1.

Changes include:
Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses. Eligibility requirements for senior licenses, which raise the age to 70 for residents who were born after Aug. 1, 1953. The age requirement remains 65 for residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953. Elimination of county licenses, which include Resident County Hunting, Resident County Trapping, and Resident County Inland Fishing. Increased reciprocal license fees for Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Non-resident, short-term (10-day) hunting license fees will cost $60 for Georgia residents, $75 for South Carolina residents, $70 for Tennessee re


Rank (0) Views 904 On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 3:00 PM, 54 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 25, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, August 28th commission meeting notice. August 28, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 3584 On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 11:50 AM, 57 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 22, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that if you see an alligator, in most instances it is not necessary to do anything other than leave it alone.

Alligators have become fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during the summer.

Feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina. Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and possibly attack someone.

“Alligators are usually quite shy and secretive,” said Jonathan Shaw, a Wildlife Commission biologist. “If you encounter an alligator, the best option is to leave it alone and give it plenty of space. Alligators typically do not stay in one area for extensive periods of time. They move considerable distances and will eventually leave on their own.”

Alligator hunting or otherwise killing an alligator is prohib


Rank (0) Views 1128 On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 4:49 PM, 62 days ago



ALEXANDER, N.C. (July 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), is conducting the fifth annual NABA Butterfly Count on the Sandy Mush Game Land on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help Commission personnel and local butterfly enthusiasts count butterflies on the 2,600-acre game land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties. Participants will meet at the kiosk parking lot in front of Cedar Hill Baptist Church on 474 Cedar Hill Road in Alexander.

While Sandy Mush Game Land is managed for hunting as part of the Commission’s Game Land Program, it also attracts a wide variety of non-game species, such as birds and butterflies. Commission staff manages the game land for quality early successional habitat and frequently conducts prescribed burns, which help restore the native vegetation not only for game animals, but also for butterflies and other nongame animals that

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