Rank (0) Views 5313 On Fri, Nov 08, 2013 4:52 PM, 483 days ago



SHELBY, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Cleveland County Board of Commissioners have formed a partnership to build a public shooting range in the county.

On Thursday, the Wildlife Commission chairman and a Cleveland County commissioner signed a memorandum of agreement to build and maintain a state-of-the-art shooting facility at 250 Fielding Road, just outside of Shelby.

The facility will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement for practice, training and recreational use for pistol, skeet and trap, rifle and archery.  Future expansion could include a sporting clays range.

Under the terms of the partnership, the Wildlife Commission will construct the range site, performing all grading work, as well as work for berms, roads and parking lots. Cleveland County will provide the property, build a training facility and a separate building with restrooms and concessions, and handle all routine mai


Rank (0) Views 2353 On Wed, Nov 06, 2013 4:45 PM, 485 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has released a major update to its Green Growth Toolbox, a tool designed to help growing communities conserve wildlife and habitat, even as communities continue to expand.

The toolbox consists of a handbook, a GIS data package and a website that provide communities with wildlife habitat maps and data, land-use planning and development design methods and examples from other communities that plan for wildlife and natural resource conservation in developing areas.  Planning departments, developers and local governments can participate in training workshops and receive one-on-one technical assistance. The Wildlife Commission provides the Green Growth Toolbox and technical guidance at no cost.

The second edition of the GreenGrowth Toolbox Handbook includes:

·     More detailed information about the amount of habitat that wildlife 


Rank (0) Views 4909 On Wed, Nov 06, 2013 9:10 AM, 485 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign is reminding waterfowl hunters who use boats to practice both boating safety and hunting safety.

“Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Hypothermia is the loss of body heat and, left untreated, can prove fatal. Exposure to extreme cold, such as being in cold water or wearing wet clothes in cold conditions, can increase the chance of hypothermia.”

Wear protective clothing and watch the weather, he said. Let someone know where you are hunting and an approximate return time.

Additional boating safety tips include:
Always wear a life vest.
Don't overload the boat, especially with passengers.
Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat.
Never move about the boat with a loaded firea


Rank (0) Views 2148 On Mon, Nov 04, 2013 5:36 PM, 487 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (November 4, 2013) Download the PDF's below for the November 6, 2013 committee meeting agendas.

November 6, 2013
Fisheries Committee Agenda (PDF)
Big Game Committee Agenda (PDF)
Land and Use Committee Agenda (PDF)
Committee of the Whole Agenda (PDF)

 


Rank (0) Views 1359 On Mon, Nov 04, 2013 5:17 PM, 487 days ago



Raliegh, N.C. (November 4, 2013) Download the PDF below for the revised November 6, 2013 Notice of the Committee of the Whole Meeting and Closed Session

November 6, 2013 Revised Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)

 


Rank (0) Views 3986 On Fri, Nov 01, 2013 2:47 PM, 490 days ago



GOLDSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Cox Ferry Boating Access Areas after completing renovations last week.

The area, which is located at 1048Ferry Bridge Road in Goldsboro, provides access to the Neuse River and is a popular destination for anglers during the spring fishing season. Renovations included replacing the old boat ramp with a new 14-foot wide ramp, installing a floating dock and constructing a paved, handicapped-accessible parking space and accessible path.

Anglers launching their boats from the site can expect to catch shad and striped bass in the spring and sunfish, largemouth bass and crappie throughout the year.

“Because the Neuse River can bes hallow at times, the Cox Ferry Boating Access area is a good site for launching small johnboats and other small watercraft,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services.

The Wildlife


Rank (0) Views 1568 On Fri, Nov 01, 2013 1:00 PM, 490 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (November 1, 2013) Download the November 7, 2013 commission agenda package below.  http:///

November 7, 2013 Commission Agenda Package (PDF - 15.6MB) 


Rank (0) Views 507 On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 4:12 PM, 491 days ago



The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Cox Ferry Boating Access Areas after completing renovations last week.

The area, which is located at 1048Ferry Bridge Road in Goldsboro, provides access to the Neuse River and is a popular destination for anglers during the spring fishing season. Renovations included replacing the old boat ramp with a new 14-foot wide ramp, installing a floating dock and constructing a paved, handicapped-accessible parking space and accessible path.

Anglers launching their boats from the site can expect to catch shad and striped bass in the spring and sunfish, largemouth bass and crappie throughout the year.

“Because the Neuse River can be shallow at times, the Cox Ferry Boating Access area is a good site for launching small johnboats and other small watercraft,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services.

The Wildlife Commission paid for the renovation of the a


Rank (0) Views 4920 On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 1:11 PM, 492 days ago



PENROSE, N.C. (Oct. 30, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission opened its first boating access area on the French Broad River in Transylvania County today.

The Penrose Boating Access Area is located at 170 Apac Drive in Penrose, just south of Old Hendersonville Highway and east of Crab Creek Road. The Wildlife Commission constructed a single14-foot wide boat ramp, a floating dock, gravel parking lot and paved ADA-compliant parking spaces with 15 trailer spaces, including one that is handicapped accessible. The Commission also constructed at the site six single-vehicle spaces — one of which is handicapped accessible.

While the French Broad River is a well-known for excellent muskellunge fishing, it has good populations of smallmouth bass as well.

“The French Broad River is popular with both boaters and anglers, and we are excited to provide this increased access to this treasured resource,” said Erik Christofferson, chi


Rank (0) Views 1355 On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 10:29 AM, 492 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (October 30,2013) Download the PDF below for the November 6, 2013 Committee Meetings Notice.

November 6, 2013 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 1427 On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 10:20 AM, 492 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (October 30, 2013)  Download the PDF below for the November 7, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda. 

November 7, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 2501 On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 11:08 AM, 493 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 29, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering free, wildlife-related workshops in November and December at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  Most programs are free and open to the public. The schedule includes: Nov. 14 – Lure-Making Class from 6:30-9 p.m. The workshop covers the fundamentals of creating artificial worms, lizards, crayfish and other soft plastic baits. Participants will create multiple lures to take home.  Nov. 15 – Project WILD Workshop from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. This workshop is for adults interested in teaching young people about wildlife. Participants receive the Project WILD K-12 educator guide along with materials specifically about North Carolina wildlife. The educator guide contains more than 150 hands-on activities that focus on wildlife and natural resources. Public school teachers may receive CEU credit, and the workshop qualifies for Componen

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