Rank (0) Views 2431 On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 1:48 PM, 551 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (July 29, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering numerous outdoor-related events, clinics and workshops this month through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard in Transylvania County.

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: Amphibians – Aug. 3, Aug. 13 and Aug. 24, 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Spend the morning with staff and learn about amphibians. Activities will include story time, making a craft, and an outside hike in search of amphibians.

Eco Explorers: Salamanders – Aug. 3 and Aug. 13, 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Learn about these fascinating amphibians. Learn to identify local species of salamanders, their habitat requirements and why they are so important to ecosystems.

Fly-Tying for the Beginner, Level II – Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. For


Rank (0) Views 2896 On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 8:59 AM, 556 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 24, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the Quality Deer Management Association, will hold a free deer hunting seminar at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on Sept. 5.

The seminar, which was developed for novice hunters, is scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. While there is no registration fee, space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Participants will gain practical knowledge and learn skills to improve their hunting abilities in the field. Topics to be covered include:
Deer behavior and habitat
Scouting techniques
Firearms and archery equipment
North Carolina hunting license and regulations requirements
Tree stand safety

For more information or to register, contact Casey Williams at casey.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0202.

The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildl


Rank (0) Views 2633 On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 8:11 AM, 557 days ago



MARSHALL, N.C. (July 23, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 30, at 7 p.m., in Marshall to seek input in developing a management plan for Sandy Mush Game Land. The meeting will be held at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Madison Campus.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Sandy Mush Game Land for the next 10 years. The game land is located approximately 12 miles northwest of the city of Asheville in northern Buncombe and southern Madison counties.  It comprises 2,832 acres and is a popular destination for hunters, hikers and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts.  One of its most popular attractions is the unique habitat types that provide good hunting opportunities as well as opportunities for birding and wildlife watching.          

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Rank (0) Views 3309 On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 4:25 PM, 560 days ago



RANDLEMAN, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority to enhance aquatic vegetation in Randleman Reservoir, a 3,000-acre reservoir located in Randolph and Guilford counties.

In June, Commission staff helped build 13 fenced-in, protected areas in the reservoir and planted them with aquatic vegetation. The protected areas are located in shallow areas near the shore and will help shield the young plants from turtles, carp and other predators that eat aquatic vegetation.

Mark Fowlkes, an aquatic habitat coordinator for the Commission, hopes the groups of plants, known as “founder colonies,” will grow outside of the fenced areas and spread to other parts of the reservoir.

“We planted emergent, rooted-floating leaf and submerged plant species, such as lizard tail, arrowhead, soft-stem bulrush, pickerelweed, white-water lily and eelgrass, to provide nursery


Rank (0) Views 16313 On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 1:53 PM, 561 days ago



YANCEYVILLE, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 24, at 7 p.m., in Yanceyville to seek input in developing a management plan for R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land. The meeting will be held at the Caswell County Center in the Agriculture Building.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land for the next 10 years. The game land comprises 17,788 acres in Caswell County and is a popular destination for big and small game hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. The area may be best known for its wild turkey hunting opportunities.  Trapping and relocation of wild turkeys from this game land were pivotal in the successful restoration of the species across North Carolina.

“We are seeking input from all users of R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land and others who are interested in how the prope


Rank (0) Views 4209 On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 7:54 AM, 561 days ago



DUBLIN, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 24, at 7 p.m., in Dublin to seek input in developing a management plan for Suggs Mill Pond Game Land. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Bladen Community College.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Suggs Mill Pond Game Land for the next 10 years. The 11,044-acre game land, which is located in Bladen and Cumberland counties, is one of four game lands in the CURE Program and is managed primarily for early successional habitat. It is a permit-hunt only gameland and some of the most popular game species are deer, turkey and waterfowl, as well as small game species, such as rabbit and squirrel. Suggs Mill Pond Game Land is also a black bear sanctuary, protecting core areas of habitat that encompass the relatively small home ranges of breeding females.

“We are seeking input fr


Rank (0) Views 2596 On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 7:49 AM, 561 days ago



WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 23, at 7 p.m., in Williamston to seek input in developing a management plan for Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land. The meeting will be held in Building 1, Room 14, at Martin Community College.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the State-owned portions of Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land for the next 10 years. The state-owned portion comprises nearly 10,200 acres in Martin and Bertie counties and is a popular destination for deer, turkey and waterfowl hunters, anglers and birdwatchers.

“We are seeking input from all users of the Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land and others who are interested in how the property is managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “This meeting is not just for hunters and anglers. It is for wildlife watche


Rank (0) Views 3855 On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 12:49 PM, 562 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 18, 2013) — Following recent reports of people seeking interaction with alligators, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents and visitors that feeding or harassing alligators is both illegal and dangerous.

Alligators are native to North Carolina. They are common along the coast and in the coastal plain region.

“In most instances if you see an alligator, it is not necessary to do anything other than leave it alone,” said Wildlife Officer Daniel Kennedy, stationed in Pamlico County. “The Wildlife Commission typically does not trap and relocate alligators unless it presents a real threat — not a perceived threat — to people and animals, or is in imminent danger itself.”

Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and possibly attack someone. Kennedy currently is investigating a case of an alligator being fed,


Rank (0) Views 2682 On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 11:37 AM, 562 days ago



CASTLE HAYNE, N.C. (July 18, 2013) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 22, at 7 p.m., in Castle Hayne to seek input in developing a management plan for Holly Shelter Game Land. The meeting will be held in the McKeithan Center, BB&T Auditorium at Cape Fear Community College, North Campus.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Holly Shelter Game Land for the next 10 years. The Holly Shelter Game Land comprises 64,743 acres in Pender County and is a popular destination for hunters, anglers, wildlife viewers, geocachers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

“We are seeking input from all users of Holly Shelter Game Land and others who are interested in how the property is managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “This meeting is not just for hunters and anglers. It is for wildlife watchers and photographers, birding grou


Rank (0) Views 3191 On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 2:38 PM, 564 days ago



Licenses Were Biggest Catches in National Fishing and Boating Week Prize Drawing

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 16, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, presented two young anglers with lifetime licenses and certificates at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh on July 11.

Corey Buchanan, 9, received a lifetime sportsman/coastal recreational fishing license, and Jaimee Yankow, 9, received a freshwater fishing license. Both licenses were given away as part of a statewide 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.

Corey, who is from Spruce Pine, is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish, which is a good thing because his lifetime license, which was donated by Neuse Sport Shop and is valued at $450, gives him statewide hunting privileges, includ


Rank (0) Views 8454 On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 12:12 PM, 565 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 15, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Hunters should note several important changes to this year’s seasons and regulations: Dove season opening day is Sept. 2, a Monday. Seasons for rails, gallinules and moorhens have been split into two segments.  There is a closed period for rail hunting in late September/early October. The daily bag limit for teal in the September teal season has been increased from four teal to six teal. Possession limits for all species are now 3 times the daily bag limit. Previously, it had been 2 times the daily bag.

Shooting hours for all species are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset unless otherwisenoted.  Dove hunters should note that shooting hours for the entire season, including opening day, begin at ½ hour before sunrise.


Rank (0) Views 3140 On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 3:53 PM, 568 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 12, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public  hearing to take comments on proposed changes to game fish rules and a boating safety  rule at 10 a.m. on July 17 at its headquarters in Raleigh. The meeting will be held in the auditorium on the first floor.

The Commission proposes to amend the rule containing game fish creel and size limits and seasons, which currently includes all game fish species, so that it applies only to black bass. Amending the rule so it applies only to black bass gives the Commission an opportunity to pull existing information out of the complicated, multi-fish rule and create 15 new and simple fish rules — one for each species of game fish — except flounder, sea trout and red drum. These three species will be contained in one rule. The proposed changes, which are administrative only, would have no effect on existing creel and size limits and seasons.

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