Rank (0) Views 2399 On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 4:17 PM, 527 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2013) — Eddie Bridges, a long-time conservationist and advocate of North Carolina’s wildlife and wild places, today 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. 

Bridges, of Greensboro, accepted the award, along with plaque and a framed print of a Sandhills longleaf pine forest, from Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

“It is an honor and a privilege to present this distinguished award today to Eddie — a true conservationist who has worked tirelessly to ensure that future generations of North Carolinians have opportunities to enjoy the abundance and diversi

Rank (0) Views 2605 On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 10:55 AM, 528 days ago

418 People Charged for Drinking and Driving over July 4th Holiday

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the State Highway Patrol and the Alcohol Law Enforcement division, has released results of the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign for the July 4 through July 7 holiday period.

Of the 418 people charged with drinking and driving over the July 4 holiday weekend, 50 were charged by Wildlife Enforcement Officers for operating a vessel while impaired. Summary information from the Wildlife Commission, State Highway Patrol and Alcohol Law Enforcement follows:

Wildlife Resources Commission

· Operating While Impaired: 50

· Boating Citations: 451

· Boating Warnings: 850

State Highway Patrol

· Driving While Impaired: 368          &

Rank (0) Views 2569 On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 4:18 PM, 528 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (July 10, 2013) — A few openings remain for the “Soft Plastic Lure-Making Workshop,” which will be held Saturday, July 13, from 9-11a.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the free workshop for participants ages 8 and older. The workshop covers the fundamentals of creating artificial worms, lizards, crayfish and other soft plastic baits. Participants will create multiple lures to take home. 

Pre-registration is required by contacting Tom Carpenter, a fisheries educator with the Commission, at 910-868-5003, ext. 15, or thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org.

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. For more information about t

Rank (0) Views 1754 On Mon, Jul 08, 2013 4:35 PM, 530 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 9, 2013) Download the July 11, 2013 commission agenda package below.   

July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 1461 On Mon, Jul 08, 2013 12:29 PM, 530 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 8, 2013) Download the PDF below for the July 10, 2013 Committee Meetings Notice. (PDF)

July 10, 2013 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF) 

Rank (0) Views 1467 On Fri, Jul 05, 2013 11:34 AM, 534 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2013)  Download the PDF's below for the July 10, 2013 committee meeting agendas.

July 10, 2013
Migratory Bird / Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Committee of the Whole (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 2856 On Fri, Jul 05, 2013 9:01 AM, 534 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2013) — As if reeling in seven trout during the June 1 “Troutacular” fishing event in Spruce Pine weren’t enough, 9-year-old Corey Buchanan also reeled in a unified lifetime sportsman license, courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston, which donated the license.

Corey, of Spruce Pine, was the grand prize winner in a statewide random drawing for participants in 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun events,” which were held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2013.           

Jaimee Yankow, of Jacksonville, was the first prize winner of a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited. Jaimee, 9, registered for the prize drawing at the Jacksonville Training Academy Youth Fishing Derby on June 8.

Rank (0) Views 1359 On Fri, Jul 05, 2013 8:41 AM, 534 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2013)  Download the PDF below for the July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda.

July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 2542 On Wed, Jul 03, 2013 8:15 AM, 536 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 3, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reported results from this past weekend’s Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide education and enforcement campaign to alert boaters to the dangers of operating a boat while impaired (OWI).

“Arrests for operating while impaired in North Carolina were down this year from previous campaigns,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating law administrator for the Wildlife Commission. “I think the majority of boaters understand the added risks and make the smart choices while on the water. With the upcoming July 4 holiday and the summer months, I hope that continues to be the case.”

The state results from Operation Dry Water in 2013:
Vessels Contacted: 2,361
Boaters Contacted: 6,041
Citations Issued:153
Warnings issued: 326
Non-Boating Violations: 190
OWI arrests: 22
Highest Blood Alcohol Concentration: 0.22 (three times the legal limit)

Rank (0) Views 2493 On Tue, Jul 02, 2013 10:23 AM, 537 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (July 2, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering numerous outdoors-related events, clinics and workshops in July through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard.

All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and may require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Nature Nuts: Raising Trout - July 5, 10 and 20, 9–11 a.m. For ages 4 through 7 years old. Spend the morning with staff and learn about the Bobby N. Setzer Trout Hatchery operations, participate in an outdoor activity that simulates trout life, and feed the fish.
Eco Explorers: Stream Investigation- July 5 and July 20, 1–3 p.m. For ages 8 through 13 years old. Come explore the Davidson River by looking for aquatic macro-invertebrates, determining the water quality of the river and learning how these little critters help trout by playing an important role in the ecosystem.

Rank (0) Views 3018 On Mon, Jul 01, 2013 10:46 AM, 538 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 1, 2013) — Birders in North Carolina are flocking to the recently re-designed N.C. Birding Trail website (www.ncbirdingtrail.org), which provides more detailed information on each of the 327 sites statewide that comprise the trail.

The key feature of the new website is a map from which visitors can browse sites by location, using a Google map interface, according to Scott Anderson, the bird conservation biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. When visitors click on a site on the map, they will see a short summary of the site, including a description of the site, birds they might see or hear and the type of habitat surrounding the site.

The map also incorporates a “bird finder,” where birders can search for a particular bird.

“For instance, if you type in ‘American redstart,’ the map will display all of the birding trail sites where redstarts might be seen, as well as any recent sigh

Rank (0) Views 2300 On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 1:09 PM, 540 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2013) — The 2013 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store on July 1.

The stamp and print feature a pair of Northern shovelers sitting along the water’s edge, painted by Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter. Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10.

This is the first year that Klinefelter has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He has won awards in other states, including Ohio, California,Colorado, Delaware, Oregon, South Carolina, Indiana, Nevada and Louisiana, where he placed first in 2012 with his painting of American wigeon at a marsh edge.

Proceeds from sales of the print and stamp support the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for

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