Rank (0) Views 4340 On Fri, Mar 01, 2013 8:19 AM, 510 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 1, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the National Wild Turkey Federation, will hold two free turkey hunting clinics at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education to help interested hunters prepare for the spring season.

An introductory session for novice turkey hunters will be held March 26. An advanced turkey hunting clinic will be held on March 27.  Both are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the center’s auditorium.

There is no charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. While participants will not be firing live rounds, there will be plenty of practice with turkey calls. Participants will gain practical knowledge and learn turkey hunting skills to improve their abilities in the field.

“As turkey hunting continues to grow in popularity, so does the interest in participating,” said Walter “Deet” James, hunting heritage biologist


Rank (0) Views 4194 On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 1:35 PM, 511 days ago



WILMINGTON,N.C. (Feb. 28) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Sutton Lake Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The refurbished site, off U.S. 421 in New Hanover County, boasts two new concrete ramps with a floating dock between them. It also has an 80-foot by 12-foot floating fishing pier with a handicapped-accessible walkway. An improved, ADA-compliant parking area accommodates 33 trailered vehicles and 19 single vehicles. The site also has new solar lighting.

Sutton Lake is popular with anglers looking to catch largemouth bass, sunfish, black crappie, flathead catfish and channel catfish.

The Wildlife Commission also installed a new floating boat dock with handicapped-accessible handrails to help people get on and off boats.

“There is so much at this site for our citizens to enjoy,” said Erik Christofferson,chief of the Division of Engineering Services and Land Management. “It of


Rank (0) Views 3999 On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 12:15 PM, 514 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is making scholarship money available to women who want to attend a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop in North Carolina. More than $2,000 is available in scholarships. The scholarship money will be distributed to eligible applicants in amounts of up to 80 percent of registration fees, which range from $10 to $225, depending on the duration and nature of BOW workshops.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program for women, 18 and older, to learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences, such as archery, fishing, paddling, wildlife photography, outdoor cooking, target shooting and motorboat safety. Upcoming BOW workshops for which scholarship money is available include:

· Fly-Fishing weekend at the Wildlife Education Center in Brevard and Davidson River Campground in Transylvania County (April 5-7), $125 registration;

· Archery/Bowhunting


Rank (0) Views 3664 On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 4:05 PM, 519 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 6. 

During this period that is closed to fishing, Commission personnel will stock all Hatchery Supported Trout Waters in preparation for opening day. They stock Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, which are marked by green-and-white signs, at frequent intervals in the spring and early summer every year.

This year, Commission personnel will stock approximately 900,000 trout, 96 percent of which average 10 inches in length, with the other 4 percent exceeding 14 inches in length.

While fishing on Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limit or bait restriction. Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are open from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until one-half hour after su


Rank (0) Views 15160 On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 11:48 AM, 519 days ago



MULTI-AGENCY OPERATION SOMETHING BRUIN CHARGING MORE THAN 80 VIOLATORS

RALEIGH,N.C. (Feb. 20, 2013) — State and federal wildlife officials announced today an undercover operation involving more than 80 wildlife violators and as many as 900 wildlife violations detected.

Primary violations stem from illegal bear hunting but include an array of wildlife and game law charges. The investigation continues and more charges are possible.

The four-year investigation targeted poachers in North Carolina and Georgia, with some work in adjacent states.

Officers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission infiltrated poaching circles to document violations including bear baiting, illegal take of bears, deer and other wildlife, illegal use of dogs, operation of illegal bear enclosures in North Carolina, and guiding hunts on national forest lands without the required permits.

Officers began making arrests Tuesday. Operation Somethi


Rank (0) Views 7781 On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 12:32 PM, 524 days ago



WELDON, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30.  The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound,including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per angler. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit.

Anglers are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River from April 1 through June 30. The upper Roanoke River is defined as the main river channel and all tributaries, upstream from the U.S.Highway 258 Bridge near Scotland Neck to Roanoke Rap


Rank (0) Views 4229 On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 3:09 PM, 525 days ago



WEAVERVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2013) — While many sportsmen know Sandy Mush Game Land as an excellent place to hunt turkeys in the spring or mourning dove in the fall, bird watchers flock to the 2,600-acre game land year-round to observe birds not commonly seen in western North Carolina. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission game land has become such a well-known birding site that Commission biologists developed a birding checklist with help from the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) to help bird watchers visiting the game land.

The list, which can be downloaded  here and the EMAS website, contains 153 bird species that have been documented by Commission staff, EMAS members, as well as other game land visitors, over the last seven years.

More than 300 bird species are found in western North Carolina, although that number varies depending on the season.Many birds live in the region throughout the year, while others pass through briefly during s


Rank (0) Views 5757 On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 8:40 AM, 525 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the regional Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments, marking the 35th year for the popular statewide shooting sports events.

The Commission will conduct nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part: March 2, Alamance Wildlife Club near Graham, Alamance County for District 5 (Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Person, Orange, Granville and Durham counties.) March 9, New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association Range in Castle Hayne, New Hanover County for District 2 (Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties.) March 9, Rose Hill Farms near Nashville, Nash County for District 3 (Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Franklin, Nash, Wilson, Edgecombe, Vance, Warren, Halifax and Northampton counties.) March 16, C


Rank (0) Views 1315 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 4:04 PM, 526 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (February 13, 2013) Download the PDF below for the March 12 & 13, 2013 committee meetings schedule. March 12 & 13, 2013 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 1315 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 12:06 PM, 526 days ago





RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2013) Download the PDF below for the February 18, 2013 Closed Session Executive Committee Meeting Notice.

February 18, 2013 Closed Session Executive Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 5528 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 9:10 AM, 526 days ago



WASHINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2013) — Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter has taken top honors in the 2013 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition with his vivid portrayal of a pair of Northern shovelers sitting along the water’s edge.

The painting, which is a mixed media of opaque watercolor and acrylic, will become the image on what is commonly referred to as the North Carolina duck stamp. It was unveiled Friday at the 18thAnnual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps of the winning portrait will be available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store,on July 1 for $145. The stamp is $10.

Wildlife Commissioner Mitch St. Clair represented the Commission at Friday night’s unveiling.

This is the first year that Klinefelter has won North Caroli


Rank (0) Views 3159 On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 4:17 PM, 527 days ago



TUCKASEGEE, N.C. (Feb. 12) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Bear Creek Boating Access Area and it is now open to the public.

The refurbished site, on Bear Creek Lake in Jackson County, features two 14-foot wide, 90-foot long ramps. The bottom elevation of the ramps is 88 feet, so boaters can launch when the lake levels are low in the winter. A normal full level in the summer for Bear Creek Lake is 100 feet, but in winter it can drop to 91 feet.

A new floating dock with handicapped-accessible handrails was also installed.

“This is the busiest spot on the Nantahala chain of lakes, and the only public access on Bear Creek Lake,” said Jeff Ferguson, an engineer with the Commission. “The lake is quite deep, and offers anglers bass, bluegill, trout and other species.”

The Commission manages the lake as hatchery-supported trout waters, and stocks it with catchable-size rainbow trout. Hatchery s

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