Rank (0) Views 1571 On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 3:28 PM, 456 days ago

FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s exhibit at the Mountain State Fair will have fun and educational exhibits for everyone in the family to enjoy.  

The fair, which will be open Sept. 5-14, is located in Fletcher in Henderson County, just west of Asheville. The Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Hands-on activities, such as the magnetic “fishing pond” and the suction cup archery areas, hone the outdoor skills of younger attendees, while a map that identifies places to go trout fishing and displays on fisheries management and freshwater mussels will be of interest to adults. 

New for this year is a boater safety exhibit where kids can grab a lifejacket, also known as a personal flotation device, and practice fishing from a boat that is complete with working lights.

A new exhibit on th

Rank (0) Views 1914 On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 1:00 PM, 456 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) —  Linda Pearsall, a life-long conservationist and architect of partnerships benefitting wildlife, on Aug. 28 received the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Commission presents the award annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation. 

Pearsall, of Raleigh, accepted the award, along with a framed print, from Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

“Linda has made countless contributions to wildlife and their habitats, many of which directly benefit imperiled species,” Myers said during the presentation. “Also under her leadership, numerous partnerships have been developed with other agencies, NGOs and landowners. Each of t

Rank (0) Views 22447 On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 9:03 AM, 459 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds.

Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 – Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45.

“Opening day is a Monday, not a traditional Saturday,” said Kate Pipkin, Wildlife Commission rules biologist. “Although many hunters prefer the season to open the Saturday prior to Labor Day, federal guidelines do not allow states to open migratory game bird seasons prior to Sept. 1. Rather than wait until Sept. 6, which is the first Saturday after Labor Day, the Wildlife Commission went with the earliest possible date allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.&rdqu

Rank (0) Views 23877 On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 5:12 PM, 463 days ago

YANCEYVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission held a ribbon cutting today to celebrate the opening of the Caswell Shooting Range, located on the agency’s R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land in Yanceyville.

Several Commission employees, along with Wildlife Commissioner Tom Berry, N.C. Rep. Bert Jones and Caswell County Commissioner Kenneth Travis, cut the ceremonial green ribbon, officially opening the only Commission-owned public shooting range in the northern Piedmont area.

The public shooting range, which is free to use, has a 100-yard rifle range with five shooting lanes and a 25-yard pistol range with five shooting lanes. It is universally accessible with a concrete parking space and paved sidewalks to the shooting shelters and target areas.

The Wildlife Commission funded the construction of the shooting range using hunting license receipts.  Maintenance and operation of the range will be funded using Pittman-Roberts

Rank (0) Views 2564 On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 4:11 PM, 463 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 22, 2014) Download the August 28th commission meeting agenda package below.

August 28, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 12 MB)

Rank (0) Views 1774 On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 1:52 PM, 463 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 22, 2014) Download the PDF's below for the August 27th committee meeting agendas.
9 - 11:30 a.m. Lands Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
1 - 2 p.m. Fisheries Committee Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
2 - 3 p.m. Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
3 - 4 p.m. Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting (PDF)
4 p.m. Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 2142 On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 12:34 PM, 464 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 21, 2014) — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, a multi-agency initiative designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during summer months, continues throughout Labor Day weekend.

“There are dangerous consequences when an impaired driver gets behind the wheel of a car or boat,” said Capt. Todd Radabaugh with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Think before you drink. Have a designated driver for the water and the road. Don’t let an arrest or accident spoil your end-of-summer fun.”

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign concentrates on three major holiday periods: Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. There is an increased law enforcement presence on and around popular recreational boating areas across the state during t

Rank (0) Views 1635 On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 9:06 AM, 464 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 21, 2014)  Download the PDF below for the August 28, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda.

August 28, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 1429 On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 3:28 PM, 466 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 19, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, August 27th committee meetings' notice. August 27, 2014 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 2303 On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 9:36 AM, 466 days ago

RALEIGH (Aug. 19, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host 11 hunting mentor seminars statewide in September to network with experienced hunters and share information about mentoring new hunters.

The Wildlife Commission created the new “Hunting Mentor Seminars” to build on the popularity of free, skills-based hunting seminars that the Commission has been offering to the public since 2011. The Commission created the skill-based hunting seminars to address potential barriers to hunter recruitment and retention in North Carolina, according to Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s hunting heritage biologist.

Participants attending the hunting mentor seminars will:

·         Understand why hunter recruitment and retention is important,

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Rank (0) Views 7955 On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 4:35 PM, 470 days ago

CRESTON, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2014) — It was a team effort that landed 13-year-old Victoria Navaroli a state record fish from a private pond in Creston.

In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with ¼ of a nightcrawler and then handed his fishing rod to her.

Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish.

The fish weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and measured 12 inches in length, breaking the previous state record, held since 2008 by Sean Vanderburg, by 1 ounce.

While some brothers might not appreciate the irony of handing over a rod and reel to watch a sibling reel in a state record fish, Jack was very excited for her, according to Victoria.

“Jack loves fishing and would have wanted to catch it, but he was happy for me,” she said, adding that Jack suspected the fish might be a state record after she landed it.

 “We were pl

Rank (0) Views 3562 On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 1:50 PM, 470 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2014) — The Yadkin Patriots of Forbush Middle School in Yadkin County took top honors in the nation as junior champions at the 29th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a demanding week-long shooting and outdoors skills competition held recently at Mansfield, Pa.

The YHEC competition by the National Rifle Association (NRA) was held in July. Teams from across the country competed in marksmanship with .22-caliber rifles and black powder rifles at knock-down targets, shotgun on a sporting clays course, and archery at 3-D game targets. Non-shooting events included orienteering, wildlife identification, hunter responsibility and ethics exam, and a hunter safety trail test.

Nearly 300 competitors, coaches and parents from across America attended this year’s event. Some 50,000 young people participated in similar youth qualifying events across the United States.

In North Carolina, teams and individuals qualified for

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