Rank (0) Views 1718 On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 5:34 PM, 439 days ago



DUBLIN, N.C. (June 18, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to prohibit the use of dogs for taking deer on approximately 1,700 acres of Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Land in Bladen County.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 8 in the Bladen Community College Auditorium (Building 9), which is located at 7418 NC Hwy. 41W in Dublin. 

The proposed change involves two game land locations: one area west of Hwy. 242 along the property boundary north of Hwy. 53, and a second area east of Hwy. 242 and north of Johnsontown Road in the vicinity of Bladen Lakes Primary School.

The Wildlife Commission has proposed “Restricted Deer Hunting Zone” designation for these areas to address public safety and user conflicts.

For more information about game lands in North Carolina visit the interactive map.


Rank (0) Views 1259 On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 11:50 AM, 440 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a prescribed burn today in Richmond County on the western side of Gum Swamp Lake.

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

WHEN: June 17.

WHERE: One location: 135 acres in western vicinity of Gum Swamp Lake.


Rank (0) Views 3756 On Mon, Jun 16, 2014 2:37 PM, 441 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 16, 2014) — On July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing — for free.

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 Commission’s website list more than 500 fishing and boatin


Rank (0) Views 1718 On Fri, Jun 13, 2014 3:20 PM, 444 days ago



KINSTON, N.C. (June 13, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission celebrated the opening of its first Boating Access Area (BAA) in Lenoir County with a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

The Kinston Boating Access Area, located at 963 Hwy 11-55 in Kinston, features a floating dock and two launch ramps. Other amenities include a paved parking lot with 31 trailer spaces and 11 single-vehicle spaces. ADA-compliant parking also is available.  The 5-acre site provides access to the Neuse River, which supports a typical coastal river fishery, according to Christian Waters, a fisheries program manager with the Wildlife Commission. Anglers can expect to catch striped bass, American and hickory shad in the spring, and catfish, largemouth bass, sunfishes and crappie throughout the year, Waters said.

Like many other BAAs built by the Wildlife Commission, the Kinston Boating Access Area is a joint partnership between the Commission, local government and the bus


Rank (0) Views 3451 On Fri, Jun 13, 2014 8:51 AM, 444 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 13, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will participate in Operation Dry Water on June 27-29 — a nationwide campaign to build awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol.

“We want everyone to enjoy their time boating,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state’s boating safety coordinator. “Drinking affects the skills necessary to operate a boat, including reaction time and rational decision-making. Having a designated driver, whether boating or driving, is always a good idea.”

In North Carolina, penalties for operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs include up to $1,000 in fines and possible jail time.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard began Operation Dry Water in 2009 with a goal to reduce boating fatalities involving alcohol. In North Carolina, Operation Dry Water is incorporated into the mu


Rank (0) Views 1176 On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 2:53 PM, 446 days ago



Other Free Kids’ Fishing Events Being Held throughout State

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2014) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting a free kids’ fishing event will be held this Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City.

The event, one of nearly 40 free kids’ fishing events being held in celebration of National Boating and Fishing Week, is open to the first 50 kids 15 and younger. Interested participants can pre-register by emailing jeremy.mccargo@ncwildlife.org or they can register the day of the event.


All events are supported by the Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service. Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide drawing to win more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing privileges in freshwater an


Rank (0) Views 1238 On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 12:09 PM, 446 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June, 11, 2014) Download the PDF below for the July 10, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice. July 10, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 1268 On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 12:05 PM, 446 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (June 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Fayetteville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), will conduct the inaugural Marabou Madness Fly-Tying Event on July 12 from 9 a.m. to  3 p.m., at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  

The free, public event will feature fly-tying demonstrations from accomplished fly-tiers such as Anthony Hipps, the originator of the Hipps’ popper, fly-tying contests, casting games and raffles. Proceeds from the raffles will go to the Fayetteville PHWFF, which will use the money to fund future fly-fishing activities and outings.

“This is our first year holding this event and we encourage everyone to come out to help support our wounded, active-duty military personnel and disabled veterans,” said Tom Carpenter, a fisheries educator with the Pechmann Center. “Fly tying is a very beneficial activ


Rank (0) Views 21727 On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 10:26 AM, 446 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2014) — Last week’s encounter with a female bear and three cubs in Maggie Valley and Monday’s multiple sightings of a black bear passing through a busy neighborhood in Raleigh have prompted the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to remind the public that people can co-exist peacefully with bears by following basic safety guidelines.

First and foremost, never feed a black bear — intentionally or unintentionally. Bears are opportunistic feeders and will eat just about anything. Bears are particularly attracted to human garbage, pet food, and other human-associated foods, like bird seed. For this reason, if a bear is in the area, people should remove bird feeders and hummingbird feeders, even those advertised as “bear proof.” They also should:

·     Secure bags of trash inside cans stored in a garage, shed or other secure area;

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Rank (0) Views 1237 On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 10:19 AM, 446 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is continuing a prescribed burn today on the Sandhills Game Land, in Scotland County.

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

WHEN: June 11

WHERE: One location:

·         57 acres on Sandhills Game Land on Slate Circle and Gardner Farm (see area delineated by red lines on map to the right)


Rank (0) Views 1183 On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 10:35 AM, 447 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is continuing a prescribed burn today on the Sandhills Game Land, in Richmond County.

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

WHEN: June 10

WHERE: One location:

·         368 acres on Sandhills Game Land at McKinney Lake (see area delineated by red lines on map to the right)


Rank (0) Views 1272 On Mon, Jun 09, 2014 3:23 PM, 448 days ago



HICKORY, N.C. (June 9, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Wittenburg Public Fishing Access Area located on Lake Hickory in Alexander County on June 16 to replace the fishing piers with an accessible floating fishing pier.

The Commission anticipates the closure will last two weeks. Staff will notify the public through a news release and social media when the public fishing area reopens.

Although the fishing area will be closed, the boat ramps will remain open. Other nearby public fishing areas on Lake Hickory include Lovelady, Gunpowder, Dusty Ridge and Oxford.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

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