Rank (0) Views 3308 On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 3:55 PM, 585 days ago



SNEADS FERRY, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Onslow County have scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Sneads Ferry Boating Access Area.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11a.m. on Sept. 21 at the boating access area, which is located at 302 Fulchers Landing Road in Sneads Ferry. The new access area, which has been open to boaters since June, allows boaters to launch onto the New River.

The 1.8-acre boating access area has two launch lanes, along with three floating docks. The paved main parking lot and gravel overflow parking area feature 37 vehicle-trailer spaces and 11single-car spaces, including three handicapped-accessible parking spaces.

The joint ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the culmination of a two-phase renovation project involving a partnership between the Onslow County Board of Commissioners and the Wildlife Commission. Phase one included removal of underground storage tanks and contaminated s


Rank (0) Views 2484 On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 1:05 PM, 586 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Federation presented the 49th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards on Sept. 8, with current and former staff of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission receiving honors.

Lt. Todd Radabaugh, of Pender County, was recognized as the Wildlife Officer of the Year. A 22-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, Radabaugh chairs the governing committee for the multi-agency “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign. He organizes special hunting opportunities for youth and disabled veterans and is nationally recognized as a training officer for law enforcement agencies.

“What impressed the awards committee so much about Radabaugh was his willingness to pitch in on tasks large and small,” said T. Edward Nickens, a long-time outdoors writer and the master of ceremonies for the awards banquet. “After more than two decades as an enfo


Rank (0) Views 3722 On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 10:45 AM, 588 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 11, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Matthew Long to captain for District 3, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

He will supervise a jurisdiction that includes Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Franklin, Nash, Wilson, Edgecombe, Vance, Warren, Halifax and Northampton counties. His predecessor, John Reams, recently retired. Capt. Long was previously a lieutenant in District 4 in southeastern North Carolina. 

Capt. Long said he looks forward to his new assignment. He and his family plan to relocate to the northern Johnston County area.

“This area is rich in wildlife resources and outdoor recreational opportunities,” Capt. Long said. “My goals are to build on our conservation efforts and to provide our citizens the safe opportunity to enjoy the woods, fields and


Rank (0) Views 3372 On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 8:45 AM, 589 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission during its Aug. 30   meeting recognized Kim Tavasso, of Winterville, for his induction into the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) Hall of Fame.

A 20-year volunteer with the North Carolina Hunter Education Program, Tavasso was inducted into the IHEA Hall of Fame on May 30, during the association’s annual conference, held this year in Kansas City, Mo. The Wildlife Commission heard a special presentation by the Hunter Education Program about Tavasso’s achievement as part of its August business meeting.

The IHEA is a professional association for 67 state and provincial wildlife conservation agencies, and the 70,000 volunteers who teach hunter education in North America. The association sets performance guidelines for basic hunter education and the standards used internationally by hunter education administrators.

“This is quite the honor


Rank (0) Views 115566 On Fri, Sep 07, 2012 1:31 PM, 592 days ago



RALEIGH,N.C. (Sept. 7, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by hosting or supporting eight family-oriented outdoor events across the state on Sept. 22.

Through interactive activities and demonstrations, participants can connect with nature and test their outdoor skills. Some of the activities, which vary for eachevent, include:
Fishing(with bait and tackle provided),
Shooting a bow and arrow and pellet guns with a qualified instructor,
Seeing live animals, such as reptiles, amphibians and raptors,
Outdoor cooking over a fire — and tasting the results, and
Learning about North Carolina’s hunting heritage.

The Wildlife Commission, in conjunction with conservation partners such as the N.C.Wildlife Federation, Wake County Wildlife Club, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited,National Wild Turkey Federation, N.C. Bowhunters Association and others,will hold free National Hunting and Fishing Day eve


Rank (0) Views 6291 On Fri, Sep 07, 2012 1:29 PM, 592 days ago



WILKESBORO,N.C. (Sept. 7) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a meeting to present information to the public about the scope and impact of an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) on deer in Western North Carolina.

The meeting is scheduled for 6-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, before the Commission’s annual public hearing on proposed regulations.

“We plan to present information about HD in general, as well as discuss expectations that hunters, landowners, farmers and others can have for this season and future years,” said Chris Kreh, a biologist with the Commission. “This is mainly an informational meeting, though we may provide some recommendations for hunters with specific management goals for deer on their property.”

Biologists are observing an increasing number of hemorrhagic disease cases in white-tailed deer in the western part of the state, especially in Caldwell


Rank (0) Views 4978 On Thu, Sep 06, 2012 3:42 PM, 593 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding public hearings on 68 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2013-2014 seasons starting Sept. 11. An online comment form is also available.

The wildlife management proposals include creating a one-week Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season from the first Saturday in April through the following Friday. The bag limit for this entire week will be one bird. In addition, the Commission is proposing allowing an adult to accompany more than one youth during the Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season.

The proposals also include removing restrictions on carrying firearms during the archery season  for deer and pistols during the muzzleloader season in accordance with state law, and allowing hunting with muzzleloading pistols. Proposed changes to holding cervids (deer) in captivity also will be presented.

Fishing proposals include recla


Rank (0) Views 4012 On Thu, Sep 06, 2012 8:26 AM, 593 days ago



MARION, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2012) — Breeding Eastern hellbenders in captivity isn’t for the faint of heart.

For one thing, these odd-looking animals, also called “water dogs” or “snot otters,” are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. For another, they’re relatively hard to find in the wild, including North Carolina where they’re protected and listed as a species of special concern, so obtaining animals for captive breeding can be quite difficult.

But those factors aren’t deterring biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Working cooperatively with the N.C. Zoo, the Wildlife Commission is trying to raise to sexual maturity 10 juvenile hellbenders that it received from a Texas zoo in June,with the ultimate goal of breeding them in captivity to create more hellbenders. 

Biologists are not interested in propagating hellbenders to augment wild populations, but rathe


Rank (0) Views 2421 On Wed, Sep 05, 2012 3:08 PM, 594 days ago



FLETCHER, N.C. (Sept. 5)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a family-friendly and fun presence at the 2012 North Carolina Mountain State Fair, Sept. 7–16. 

This year’s exhibit celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program. Through this program, hunters, anglers and boaters support fish and wildlife management, restoration of species, education and hunter safety and public access on the water and the land. WSFR is the most successful conservation program in history, having pumped more than $258 million into North Carolina projects.

The exhibit will feature some hands-on activities, such as the Commission’s popular laser target range and a “pond” where kids can try their casting skills, as well as the Mobile Aquarium and other exhibits on how money from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Fund is used to conserve wildlife in North Carolina.

Wildli


Rank (0) Views 4009 On Wed, Sep 05, 2012 8:30 AM, 594 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends some guidelines when hunting with archery equipment, including crossbows.

“The safety considerations for using a crossbow, longbow or compound bow are similar to other hunting methods,” said Travis Casper, state hunting education coordinator. “Hunting safety is exercising caution, following manufacturers’ instructions, obeying regulations and putting into practice what you’ve learned in hunter education, no matter what type of equipment you’re using.

“As with any method of hunting, always point your crossbow, longbow, compound bow in a safe direction,” Casper said. “Only release an arrow after positively identifying your target and what’s beyond it. Know your equipment’s capabilities and limitations.”

The statew


Rank (0) Views 45058 On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 4:14 PM, 599 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31) — The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2012-13 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Beginning Sept. 1, sportsmen and women can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online or by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent, or calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1.

Information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, is now available on the agency’s website, www.ncwildlife.org. Click on 2012-13 Permit Hunting Opportunities.

Of particular note this year is the increase in bag limit or scaup, which doubled from 2 last year to 4 this year to accommodate an increase in the breeding population.

The following are the 2012-13 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30. Possession limit


Rank (0) Views 2883 On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 4:53 PM, 600 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has awarded Dr. Harry E. LeGrand, Jr., a zoologist with the N.C.Natural Heritage Program, with one of its most prestigious awards, the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award.

Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, presented LeGrand with the award, along with a plaque and framed wildlife print at the Commission’s business meeting today.

“Dr. Harry LeGrand, Jr., is one of the most precise and exacting scholars in the wildlife conservation science community today,” Myers said. “His dedication, focus and expertise as a wildlife biologist and natural resources inventory specialist are just a few of the many reasons why he is so deserving of this honor.”

LeGrand, a vertebrate biologist with the N.C. Natural Heritage Program, is the program’s authority on the conservation of rare vertebrate animals and their habitats. He

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