Rank (0) Views 5449 On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 1:56 PM, 516 days ago

FRANKLIN, N.C. (June 27, 2014) — Nantahala Lake, a 1,065-acre reservoir in Clay and Macon counties, has spawned two state records for kokanee salmon in less than a week.

On June 6, Fred Mix, of Rainbow Springs, broke the existing record of 3 pounds, 9 ounces, held since 2009 by Ashley Swann, of Swannanoa, after reeling in a 3-pound, 15-ounce fish, using a homemade spinner. 

Five days later, on June 11, Jeffery Todd Smith broke Mix’s record, catching a kokanee salmon that weighed 4 pounds, 1 ounce. He used flashers and dodgers as lures.

Like many anglers in the area, Smith, who is from Mills River in Henderson County, knew that kokanee salmon are found in North Carolina only in Nantahala Lake, having been stocked in the mid-1960s by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in an attempt to establish the species as a forage fish.

He said he has been trolling the lake for the last two years, hoping to catch a record-breaking salmon. On June 11, whi

Rank (0) Views 4914 On Thu, Jun 26, 2014 2:40 PM, 517 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer.

From July 1 through Aug. 31, wild turkey sightings by volunteers and Wildlife Commission staff can be recorded and entered into an online database. The information gives an indication of annual wild turkey productivity, gobbler carryover and other population trends — all of which help the Commission manage the state’s turkey population.

To participate, volunteers should use the online survey link on the Wildlife Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org, or directly at http://ncwildlife.org/summerturkeysurvey.

Before the 1970s, wild turkeys were scarce in North Carolina, with only about 2,000 birds statewide. Today, there are more than 260,000 birds from the mountains to the coast, and wild turkeys are one of North Carolina’s most popular game animals.

Survey summaries are

Rank (0) Views 2214 On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 1:53 PM, 519 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has concluded a joint operation with partner agencies to use the Internet to protect wildlife, wildlife habitat, lawful businesses and public safety.

During the four-day “Operation Wild Web” detail, investigators used the Internet to find those intentionally selling fish and wildlife illegally, as well as committing other crimes.

Cases involved the unlawful sale of reptiles, freshwater and saltwater fish, native migratory birds and many exotic birds; businesses operating without licenses; and illegal sales of vessels.

“Licensed facilities and legal business can be checked to ensure animals are handled safely and humanely,” said Capt. Rett Boyd, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who supervised the operation. “But unlicensed facilities go without inspections for safety and cleanliness. And without a record of where they got t

Rank (0) Views 1288 On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 11:43 AM, 519 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is continuing a prescribed burn today on the Sandhills Game Land, in Scotland County.

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

WHEN: June 24

WHERE: One location:

·         151 acres on Sandhills Game Land on Tyner Ln and Still Ln. (see area delineated by dark lines on map to the right)

Rank (0) Views 1432 On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 10:42 AM, 520 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 23, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two prescribed burns today on the Sandhills Game Land, in Richmond County and Chowan Swamp Game Land in Gates County.

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

WHEN: June 23

WHERE: Two locations:

·         222 acres on Sandhills Game Land west of Marston Road (see area delineated by heavy black line on map to the right) in Richmond County

·         Sand Banks tract on Chowan Swamp Game Land in Gates County

Rank (0) Views 1843 On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 5:34 PM, 525 days ago

DUBLIN, N.C. (June 18, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to prohibit the use of dogs for taking deer on approximately 1,700 acres of Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Land in Bladen County.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 8 in the Bladen Community College Auditorium (Building 9), which is located at 7418 NC Hwy. 41W in Dublin. 

The proposed change involves two game land locations: one area west of Hwy. 242 along the property boundary north of Hwy. 53, and a second area east of Hwy. 242 and north of Johnsontown Road in the vicinity of Bladen Lakes Primary School.

The Wildlife Commission has proposed “Restricted Deer Hunting Zone” designation for these areas to address public safety and user conflicts.

For more information about game lands in North Carolina visit the interactive map.

Rank (0) Views 1370 On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 11:50 AM, 526 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a prescribed burn today in Richmond County on the western side of Gum Swamp Lake.

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

WHEN: June 17.

WHERE: One location: 135 acres in western vicinity of Gum Swamp Lake.

Rank (0) Views 3956 On Mon, Jun 16, 2014 2:37 PM, 527 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 16, 2014) — On July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing — for free.

From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. 

Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply.

To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas. The interactive fishing and boating maps on the Commission’s website list more than 500 fishing and boatin

Rank (0) Views 1863 On Fri, Jun 13, 2014 3:20 PM, 530 days ago

KINSTON, N.C. (June 13, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission celebrated the opening of its first Boating Access Area (BAA) in Lenoir County with a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

The Kinston Boating Access Area, located at 963 Hwy 11-55 in Kinston, features a floating dock and two launch ramps. Other amenities include a paved parking lot with 31 trailer spaces and 11 single-vehicle spaces. ADA-compliant parking also is available.  The 5-acre site provides access to the Neuse River, which supports a typical coastal river fishery, according to Christian Waters, a fisheries program manager with the Wildlife Commission. Anglers can expect to catch striped bass, American and hickory shad in the spring, and catfish, largemouth bass, sunfishes and crappie throughout the year, Waters said.

Like many other BAAs built by the Wildlife Commission, the Kinston Boating Access Area is a joint partnership between the Commission, local government and the bus

Rank (0) Views 3583 On Fri, Jun 13, 2014 8:51 AM, 530 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 13, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will participate in Operation Dry Water on June 27-29 — a nationwide campaign to build awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol.

“We want everyone to enjoy their time boating,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state’s boating safety coordinator. “Drinking affects the skills necessary to operate a boat, including reaction time and rational decision-making. Having a designated driver, whether boating or driving, is always a good idea.”

In North Carolina, penalties for operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs include up to $1,000 in fines and possible jail time.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard began Operation Dry Water in 2009 with a goal to reduce boating fatalities involving alcohol. In North Carolina, Operation Dry Water is incorporated into the mu

Rank (0) Views 1272 On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 2:53 PM, 532 days ago

Other Free Kids’ Fishing Events Being Held throughout State

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2014) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting a free kids’ fishing event will be held this Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City.

The event, one of nearly 40 free kids’ fishing events being held in celebration of National Boating and Fishing Week, is open to the first 50 kids 15 and younger. Interested participants can pre-register by emailing jeremy.mccargo@ncwildlife.org or they can register the day of the event.

All events are supported by the Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service. Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide drawing to win more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing privileges in freshwater an

Rank (0) Views 1271 On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 12:09 PM, 532 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June, 11, 2014) Download the PDF below for the July 10, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice. July 10, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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