Rank (0) Views 1477 On Thu, Jun 05, 2014 9:47 AM, 485 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 5, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County.

WHAT:  Prescribed burns to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: June 5

WHERE: One location:

·         344 acres on Sandhills Game Land on County Road and A-6 lane (see area delineated by dark lines on map to the right)


Rank (0) Views 4323 On Wed, Jun 04, 2014 4:53 PM, 486 days ago

The Wildlife Commission sent a letter this week requesting an immediate programmatic evaluation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of its red wolf reintroduction in northeastern North Carolina. Utilizing existing data, the letter requests a determination as to whether the experimental red wolf reintroduction is capable of meeting the goals and objectives established for the project. The letter also informs the USFWS that the Wildlife Commission will not authorize sterilization and release of coyotes in the region due to potential for impacts to private landowners and native wildlife. See letter.


Rank (0) Views 2928 On Wed, Jun 04, 2014 9:44 AM, 486 days ago

MARION, N.C. (June 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold an informational meeting on June 19 to discuss constructing a shooting range on the Linville Tract of the Pisgah Game Land in Burke County.

The meeting, which is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will be held in Rm. 104 at McDowell Technical Community College, located at 54 College Drive in Marion.  

The proposed range will be located near the intersection of N.C. 126 and Wolf Pit Road, north of Lake James, in Burke County.  It will include a 25-yard pistol range and a 100-yard rifle range.

The proposed range is part of an initiative by the Wildlife Commission to develop and enhance public shooting facilities across the state.  The Commission recently partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to renovate and improve the Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in Uwharrie National Forest in Montgomery County.

Rank (0) Views 2441 On Tue, Jun 03, 2014 4:14 PM, 487 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 3, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently received the 2013 Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project award in the category of Research and Surveys, for its evaluation of fish attractors.

Mike Stone, president of the American Fisheries Society Administration Section, presented a commemorative plaque to Jessica Baumann, the Commission’s fisheries biologist who oversaw the fish attractor study, at the Commission’s May business meeting in Raleigh.

Baumann’s research project was entitled “Using the DIDSON to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Different Fish Attractors in Turbid Reservoirs.” She worked with other Wildlife Commission staff to evaluate the effectiveness of four different types of fish attractors — both natural and artificial — to assess how well they congregated fish and how well they held up over a three-year period.

“Sport Fish Restoration Ou

Rank (0) Views 1187 On Tue, Jun 03, 2014 10:51 AM, 487 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 6, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today in parts of Richmond, Hertford and Bladen counties.

WHAT:  Prescribed burns to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: April 17.

WHERE: Three locations:

·         297 acres Millstone Rd. and Thrower Ln., on Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County;

·         57 acres of the Mapleton tract of Chowan Swamp Game Land in Hertford County;

·         50 acres on Suggs Mill Pond Game Land in Bladen County

Rank (0) Views 7794 On Mon, Jun 02, 2014 4:11 PM, 488 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on proposed temporary rules regarding coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 19 in the auditorium of Columbia High School, located at 902 East Main Street, Columbia, in Tyrrell County.

The comment period is June 2-23. Comments can be emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org or mailed to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701. For more information on Wildlife Commission temporary rulemaking, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/ProposedRegulations.aspx.

The temporary rules will fulfill the requirements of a recent federal court order that prohibits taking of coyotes in Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington counties, day or night, except under extremely limited circumstances. The prohibition is already in ef

Rank (0) Views 2039 On Fri, May 30, 2014 4:16 PM, 491 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (May 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering several outdoors-related events and clinics in June through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

All events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Nature Nuts: Raising Trout – June 10, 21& 27, 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7 years old. Learn about the trout hatchery and feed the fish. Eco Explorers: Stream Investigation – June 21 & 27, 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Explore the Davidson River looking for aquatic macro-invertebrates that play an important role in the ecosystem. Close-up Outdoor Photography – June 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For ages 14 and older. For the advanced beginner, this class focuses on the fascinating world of tiny plants and animals. Walking shoes and a camera capable of manual control are suggested.  Kids’ Introduction to Fly Fishing – June 6 &

Rank (0) Views 1747 On Fri, May 30, 2014 1:04 PM, 491 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (May 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is seeking volunteers to help with programs and to accommodate increased seasonal visitation.

Many of the volunteer functions require no previous experience. Training will be provided. Volunteer positions include:

Master Anglers, to provide guidance and instruction in fishing programs;

Raceway Monitors, to answer questions about the trout hatchery; and,

Maintenance Assistance, for mowing, garden and facility upkeep.

 “The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is an ideal setting for drop-in visitors and pre-registered program participants alike,” said Melinda Patterson, center director. “To help everyone enjoy a fulfilling experience, we need help from the community to serve as volunteers. I think the volunteer opportunities can be rewarding and a great way to give back to conservation and outdoor recrea

Rank (0) Views 3465 On Fri, May 30, 2014 11:56 AM, 491 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments beginning June 2 on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and those waterfowl seasons beginning prior to Oct. 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species also will be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Your Comments!”

Comments will be accepted June 2-22.

Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which state fish and wildlife agencies select their respective hunting season dates. After reviewing public comments, Wildlife Commissioners will select season dates for North Carolina during the July 10 Commission meeting.

For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, visit the hunting page.

Rank (0) Views 3153 On Thu, May 29, 2014 4:04 PM, 492 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 29, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 64 miles of trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on June 7.

From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. on June 7, waters are open only to anglers 15 years old and younger. At noon, waters open to all anglers. Delayed-harvest waters will stay open under hatchery-supported regulations through Sept. 30. During this time, anglers can keep up to seven trout per day — with no bait restrictions or minimum size limits.

The Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching trout. Once summer arrives, waters become too warm for trout to survive so the Commission opens delayed-harvest streams and lakes to harvest. Delayed-harvest trout waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs. 

The Commiss

Rank (0) Views 9042 On Wed, May 28, 2014 3:12 PM, 493 days ago

TROY, N.C. (May 28, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the National Rifle Association (NRA), held an open house with a ribbon cutting on Friday to celebrate the grand re-opening of the popular Flintlock Valley Shooting Range on the Uwharrie National Forest in Montgomery County.

Flintlock Valley, one of the few public shooting ranges in the Piedmont region, closed in 2010 because of safety concerns. Wildlife Commission and USFS personnel initiated a partnership last year that enabled them to redesign and upgrade the facility, as well as incorporate additional safeguards. To make the range safer, staff moved the berm for the pistol range closer to the firing line, raised the height of the berm for the rifle range, and redesigned the shelter to reduce the risk of stray bullets leaving the range.

The range offers an opportunity for competition shoots, hunter preparation and general target shooting. Deborah

Rank (0) Views 3025 On Wed, May 28, 2014 9:50 AM, 493 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 27, 2014) —With boating and fishing season underway, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to help keep boating access areas clean and free of debris by “adopting” a boat ramp.

The “Adopt-a-Boat-Ramp” program, based on the popular anti-littering “Adopt-a-Highway” campaign, encourages groups, organizations, individuals and businesses to adopt one of the more than 200 boat ramps that are open to the public across the state, visit it once a month and pick up litter or debris.  In exchange for the work, the Commission recognizes volunteers with a sign erected at the boat ramp after the first cleanup has been completed.

The program, which is free, is a partnership between the Commission and the North Carolina Public Access Foundation. The program has been beneficial for the agency, in particular division staff, who can spend large amounts of time picking up litter a

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