Rank (0) Views 2282 On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 4:23 PM, 490 days ago



CEDAR ISLAND, N.C. (June 21, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to a popular coastal Boating Access Area in Carteret County, and it is now open to the public.

The Cedar Island Boating Access Area, on the Pamlico Sound, has been made completely accessible for boaters with disabilities.  It includes two new boat ramps and fixed docks, and one new floating dock. The parking lot and access road have been paved, and include 17 trailered vehicle spots, and 5 single-vehicle spots.

“This site is popular for locals and draws tourists looking to access Pamlico Sound from across the state,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “Cedar Island provides important access for coastal anglers,wildlife watchers and recreational boaters, and these renovations are a wonderful enhancement to this beautiful site.”

The renovations were p


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RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (June 21, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed construction of a universally accessible fishing pier that runs along the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam No. 1 in Bladen County.

The wooden pier extends 30 feet out and is 90 feet wide across the T-section. The pier was designed and constructed by staff with the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. Unlike many of the piers constructed by the Commission, the pier at Lock and Dam No. 1 is a fixed pier with driven pilings so that it can withstand high-water events typical on the Cape Fear River.

The pier coincides with the construction of a rock arch ramp — or “fish passage way” that is expected to improve passage of anadromous fish such as striped bass, American shad, river herring and sturgeon, during their spring migrations upriver to reach historical spawning grounds.

“This is a site that we have been


Rank (0) Views 7616 On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 4:58 PM, 491 days ago



Operation Something Bruin Trials at Haywood County Courthouse

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 20, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s help to determine who and why someone dumped a bear carcass marked in white paint onto a road in Buncombe County.

Anyone with information pertaining to this or other wildlife violations should call 1-800-662-7137. Callers may remain anonymous. A combined reward of $3,000 has been offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The bear was discovered this week with “WHATS BRUIN ?” written across the head and “w-h-a-t-s” across the claws on the right paw and “b-r-u-i-n” across the claws on the left paw.

“This is a blatant disregard for wildlife and we plan to pursue this case vigorously,” said Lt. Tim Sisk with the Wildlife Comm


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2013) Download the PDF below for the July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice

July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 4397 On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 1:34 PM, 492 days ago



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 19, 2013)  — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today stocked 162,500 hybrid striped bass into Lake Norman, marking a shift in the agency’s management of the 32,510-acre reservoir from a striped bass fishery to a hybrid striped bass fishery.

Commission staff has traditionally stocked striped bass into the reservoir each year. Over the last 10 years, however, striped bass have routinely suffered from summertime kills related to habitat preferences and feeding habits of this popular sport fish.

“Striped bass follow river herring, their preferred food, to the cold, deep layer of the reservoir to feed,” said Brian McRae, the Commission’s Piedmont Region fisheries supervisor.  “However, as the summer progresses this deep layer eventually turns into a type of ‘oxygen bubble’ that is created when the middle layer of the water column lose


Rank (0) Views 16168 On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 8:49 AM, 492 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will begin issuing Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits on July 1, allowing new hunters to go afield under the guidance of licensed adult mentors before taking a required hunter education course.

Gov. Pat McCrory recently signed into law the legislation enabling the apprentice permit program in North Carolina.

“Wildlife agencies must recognize the importance of increasing hunting opportunities to maintain relevancy of our conservation heritage,” said Travis Casper, the state Hunter Education Program coordinator. “Apprentice permits have been successfully implemented in other states without a significant increase in hunting-related injuries. We must be more efficient and effective in getting more people engaged in safe and enjoyable experiences with our wildlife resources, to foster support for all conservation issues.”

The Hunter Heritage Apprentice Permit all


Rank (0) Views 3035 On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 10:57 AM, 493 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have law enforcement officers out in force June 28-30 in support of Operation Dry Water — an annual nationwide campaign to remind boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat while impaired. In North Carolina, penalties include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

“Drinking affects the skills necessary to operate a boat, including coordination, reaction time, balance and rational decision-making,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state’s boating safety coordinator and a wildlife officer with the Wildlife Commission. “We want everyone to enjoy his or her time on the water and do so safely. Having a designated driver, for boating and the drive home, is always a good idea.”

Operation Dry Water is incorporated into North Carolina’s multi-agency “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t


Rank (0) Views 5544 On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 2:34 PM, 494 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 17, 2013) — Fishing for a fun and inexpensive way to celebrate Independence Day? The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing — for free.

On July 4 from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. 

Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply.

To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas. The interactive fishing and boating maps on the


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 14, 2013) Download the agenda package PDF below.

June 20, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF)


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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 14, 2013) Download the PDF's below for the June 19, 2013 committee meeting agendas. 

June 19, 2013 
Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Migratory Bird / Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Boating Safety Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 8369 On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:01 AM, 497 days ago





The Sentences Are the Result of a Four-Year, Multi-Agency Operation Targeting Illegal Hunting of Wildlife in North Carolina and Georgia

BRYSON CITY, N.C. – Ten defendants were sentenced on Monday, June 10, 2013, in U.S. District Court for illegal hunting activities involving black bears and other wildlife and related offenses, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The sentences are the result of “Operation Something Bruin,” a multi-agency initiative focused on the illegal poaching of bears and other wildlife in North Carolina and Georgia.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Steve Ruppert, Special Agent in Charge for the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service and Col. Dave Caveny, Chief of the Division of Law Enforcement for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

In February 2013, state and federal wildlife officials in North Carolina and Georgi


Rank (0) Views 3193 On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 9:00 AM, 498 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2013) — N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel met with anglers concerned about the crappie population in Jordan Reservoir on June 1 at the Farrington Point Boating Access Area in Chatham County.

Fisheries Biologists Jessica Baumann and Corey Oakley, along with Wildlife Officer Bryan Scruggs, met with approximately 20 members of crappie.com, an online discussion forum about crappie, to discuss preliminary results from the 2012 Jordan Reservoir Black Crappie Survey.

Biologists conducted the survey in October and November 2012, collecting 2,247 fish using trap nets and gill nets.Trap nets collect fish that are schooling along the shoreline and are the traditional gear biologists use to sample crappie in Piedmont reservoirs.  Gill nets are used to collect fish that are schooling offshore in deeper water, but tend to only collect the larger black crappie in a population.  

 “One of our concerns prior t

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