Rank (0) Views 23382 On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 5:03 PM, 470 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 27, 2014) — After receiving multiple reports of dead, dying or sick deer in seven Piedmont counties, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said today that the outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) in white-tailed deer appears to be tapering off with the onset of cooler weather.

Hemorrhagic disease is a common disease of deer caused by two types of viruses — one producing blue tongue and the other producing epizootic hemorrhagic disease. Tests of infected animals indicate that epizootic hemorrhagic disease appears to be the responsible virus for this year’s outbreak.

HD is a cyclic disease and tends to occur in North Carolina every year, although with varying degrees of severity and distribution. The counties with moderate to severe cases of HD this year are Granville, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Vance, Franklin and Warren counties.

Transported by a biting midge or gnat, the HD viruses enter deer through insect bites. Common sympt

Rank (0) Views 2196 On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 3:28 PM, 470 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 27, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed a pair of boating access areas in the coastal plain for renovations — Dawson Creek in Pamlico County and Turkey Creek in Onslow County.

Dawson Creek BAA, which provides access to the Neuse River near Oriental, and Turkey Creek BAA, which provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway, will be closed for approximately three months while Commission staff demolishes existing docks and ramps and constructs new ramps and an ADA-compliant floating boat dock. 

The Commission will pay for the renovations using money from motorboat registration receipts as well as a coastal recreational fishing license grant from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.  

To locate other boat ramps in the area or for more information on boating in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s online locater map. For more information on fishing in North Carolina, including where to fis

Rank (0) Views 3413 On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 6:38 PM, 473 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (October 24, 2014) Download the PDF's below for the October 29th committee meeting agendas.
10-11 a.m. Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
11-12 p.m. Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
1-3:30 p.m. Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
3:30-5 p.m. Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 2650 On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 6:08 PM, 473 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (October 24, 2014) Download the October 30th commission meeting agenda package below.

October 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 10 MB)

Rank (0) Views 12229 On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 5:07 PM, 473 days ago

ELLERBE, N.C. (Oct.  24, 2014) — After undergoing extensive renovations, the shooting range at the John F. Lentz Hunter Education Complex, which is owned and operated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, is now open to the public.

The shooting range has a 100-yard rifle range with six shooting lanes and a 25-yard pistol range that can be set up for either three or six shooting lanes. It also offers skeet and trap ranges, as well as a 5-stand sporting clays range, a standard archery range and a 3-D archery range.

The shooting range, which is free to use, is located at 2030 Gibson Mill Road in Ellerbe, in Richmond County. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, from Labor Day to Memorial Day, and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The range is closed on Sundays, Mondays and state holidays.

The Wildlife Commission used hunting license receipts and Pittman-Robertson funds — 10 percent excise taxes collected fro

Rank (0) Views 2387 On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 8:16 AM, 473 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (October 24, 2014)  Download the PDF below for the October 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda.

October 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 4637 On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:01 AM, 475 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 22, 2014) — Staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this summer planted aquatic vegetation in five Piedmont reservoirs to improve fish habitat and provide anglers with better fishing opportunities.

Staff planted native vegetation, such as pickerelweed, water willow, soft stem bulrush, white water lily and eelgrass, in W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lookout Shoals Lake, Lake Townsend and Oak Hollow Lake — bodies of water that lack natural shoreline habitat. When established, these plants will be beneficial to all life stages of fish, and will provide anglers with a variety of habitat types to fish. In addition to providing excellent habitat for fish, these native plants will protect shorelines from erosion and will filter sediment and pollutants from surface runoff.

To keep the new vegetation from being eaten by turtles, grass carp, muskrats and other herbivores, Commission staff built fenced-in protected areas, called excl

Rank (0) Views 3884 On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 1:25 PM, 480 days ago

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead. The federally protected red wolf was found with an apparent gunshot wound on Sept. 30, 2014, east of Columbia, in Tyrrell County, North Carolina. Based on body condition and field sign, the actual date of death is estimated to be Sept. 26, 2014.

This is the third red wolf death of 2014 resulting from a suspected gunshot. The previous two suspected gunshot deaths occurred in January and March. A total of 10 wild red wolves were known to have died in 2014, including two struck and killed by vehicles, one died incidental to otherwise legal activities, one due to health reasons, three were confirmed or suspected gunshot deaths, and the causes of three incidents are currently unknown. Two of these cases are currently pending necropsies. The remaining wolf deat

Rank (0) Views 4021 On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 10:56 AM, 480 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign encourages hunters to take the proper precautions with firearms to be safe during time spent outdoors.

Firearms safety is an element of instruction taught by the Commission’s Hunter Education Program, with free courses offered year-round, throughout the state. Instructors advise hunters to prioritize safety when handling firearms:
Point a firearm in a safe direction at all times.
Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
Identify your target and what’s beyond it.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you have positively identified your target and are ready to shoot.

“Firearms safety is exercising caution and using your head,” said Travis Casper, Hunting Education Program coordinator. “You can’t be too careful. Always maintain muzzle control. Obey hunting and firearm r

Rank (0) Views 3237 On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 2:42 PM, 483 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2014) – For the third year in a row, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with Neuse Sport Shop to create a wildlife diversity T-shirt that will debut at the agency’s State Fair exhibit in Raleigh, Oct. 16-26.

This year’s T-shirt initially will be available only in the Commission’s State Fair tent. The shirt’s front features a tundra swan flying across the agency’s wildlife logo and the back features a large rendition of the tundra swan art. The Commission based the shirt design on the tundra swan image on this year’s State Fair wildlife button — a free keepsake available annually to visitors of the agency’s fair exhibit.

The new tundra swan T-shirt is available in youth (S, M, L) sizes for $12, and in adult (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) sizes for $15. All proceeds from the sales of the shirts will support work conducted by Wildlife Diversity Program biologi

Rank (0) Views 3940 On Thu, Oct 09, 2014 11:46 AM, 488 days ago

Agency Plans to Have Cumberland County Pond Refilled by September 2015

GODWIN, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2014) — This time next year, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission plans to see the public once again enjoying Rhodes Pond, a 461-acre lake in Cumberland County. The agency currently is working with a consulting firm to develop a design that will repair the dam so that it meets new dam safety requirements.

The Commission plans to complete dam repairs by July 2015, and then re-fill the lake by early September. To keep people informed about the progress made on the dam, the Commission has created a Rhodes Pond webpage on its website, which features updated information on the proposed timeline, as well as project drawings and plans.

The Commission drained Rhodes Pond in June 2013 shortly after rainwater from Hurricane Andrea overtopped the dam, causing erosion on the dam and around the spillway that resulted in a potential public safety hazard. The Department of Environment

Rank (0) Views 16379 On Wed, Oct 08, 2014 10:25 AM, 489 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to follow blaze orange requirements and making safety recommendations to others who spend time outdoors.

In North Carolina, hunters are required to wear a cap, hat or an outer garment in blaze orange that is visible from all sides when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Anyone hunting deer during a deer firearms season, regardless of method, must wear blaze orange. Hunters also are required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the black powder and gun seasons.

“Wearing blaze orange is an easy and effective step for safety,” said Travis Casper, the state Hunter Education Program coordinator. “Blaze orange, also known as hunter orange, isn’t a color found in nature, making it instantly recognizable as a

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