Rank (0) Views 1492 On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 3:28 PM, 535 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 19, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, August 27th committee meetings' notice. August 27, 2014 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 2407 On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 9:36 AM, 535 days ago

RALEIGH (Aug. 19, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host 11 hunting mentor seminars statewide in September to network with experienced hunters and share information about mentoring new hunters.

The Wildlife Commission created the new “Hunting Mentor Seminars” to build on the popularity of free, skills-based hunting seminars that the Commission has been offering to the public since 2011. The Commission created the skill-based hunting seminars to address potential barriers to hunter recruitment and retention in North Carolina, according to Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s hunting heritage biologist.

Participants attending the hunting mentor seminars will:

·         Understand why hunter recruitment and retention is important,

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Rank (0) Views 8275 On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 4:35 PM, 539 days ago

CRESTON, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2014) — It was a team effort that landed 13-year-old Victoria Navaroli a state record fish from a private pond in Creston.

In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with ¼ of a nightcrawler and then handed his fishing rod to her.

Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish.

The fish weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and measured 12 inches in length, breaking the previous state record, held since 2008 by Sean Vanderburg, by 1 ounce.

While some brothers might not appreciate the irony of handing over a rod and reel to watch a sibling reel in a state record fish, Jack was very excited for her, according to Victoria.

“Jack loves fishing and would have wanted to catch it, but he was happy for me,” she said, adding that Jack suspected the fish might be a state record after she landed it.

 “We were pl

Rank (0) Views 3771 On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 1:50 PM, 539 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2014) — The Yadkin Patriots of Forbush Middle School in Yadkin County took top honors in the nation as junior champions at the 29th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a demanding week-long shooting and outdoors skills competition held recently at Mansfield, Pa.

The YHEC competition by the National Rifle Association (NRA) was held in July. Teams from across the country competed in marksmanship with .22-caliber rifles and black powder rifles at knock-down targets, shotgun on a sporting clays course, and archery at 3-D game targets. Non-shooting events included orienteering, wildlife identification, hunter responsibility and ethics exam, and a hunter safety trail test.

Nearly 300 competitors, coaches and parents from across America attended this year’s event. Some 50,000 young people participated in similar youth qualifying events across the United States.

In North Carolina, teams and individuals qualified for

Rank (0) Views 3703 On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 3:28 PM, 541 days ago

YANCEYVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 13, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened a new fishing access area on Farmer Lake near the R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land, in Caswell County.

The Farmer Lake Public Fishing Access Area, located at 3268 Badgett Sisters Parkway, opened earlier this month in a ribbon cutting held by the Town of Yanceyville and the Wildlife Commission, which partnered to create this improved access for anglers.

Commission staff constructed a universally accessible, T-shaped fishing pier that extends 60 feet into the lake and measures 48 feet wide at the top of the “T.” Staff also installed a sidewalk and ramp that connects the pier to a pair of universally accessible parking spaces in a nearby gravel parking lot.

Commission staff plans to install a fish attractor near the pier soon.

Anglers fishing Farmer Lake can expect to catch largemouth bass, crappie and other sunfish, according to Jessica Baumann, a fisheries b

Rank (0) Views 2775 On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 12:43 PM, 542 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two free deer hunting seminars in September at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. The seminars complement each other, but attendees have the option of registering for one or both seminars.  

“Deer Hunting 101,” Sept. 9 from 6−9 p.m., will provide basic instruction for novice hunters. Participants will gain practical knowledge, with topics including scouting techniques, equipment needs, and deer behavior and habitat.

“Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer,” Sept. 11 from 6−9 p.m., will cover field dressing, processing techniques and taxidermy, as well as different ways to cook and serve venison.

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

“Deer season is around the corner, with archery segments o

Rank (0) Views 1463 On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 4:51 PM, 543 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center’s staff expects the transition to go smoothly when programming expands from hook-and-line workshops about fishing to hook-and-bullet workshops that cover both fishing and hunting.

Encouraged by the popularity of hunting workshops in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh, the Wildlife Commission is partnering with the Cape Fear River Branch chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association to offer a free, introductory workshop on deer hunting, Aug. 23, at the Pechmann Center in Fayetteville. 

The “Deer Hunting 101” workshop, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning about deer hunting. Topics will include:
         Proper equipment selection;

Rank (0) Views 2844 On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 9:33 AM, 543 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting the public to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on its website, www.ncwildlife.org.  

Regular waterfowl seasons may begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans.

The public can comment on proposed dates for the seasons by visiting www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on the scrolling icon, “Regular Waterfowl Proposed Season Comments,” located at the bottom of the home page. Comments on the proposed season dates will be accepted through Aug. 21.

Comments also can be mailed to:

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Proposed Regulations Comments 1701 Mail Service Center Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

Public input meetings were held across the state previously to receive comments on waterfowl seasons. However, attendance declined significantly from meeting

MORGANTON, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on Aug. 25 to seek input in developing a management plan for the Johns River and South Mountain game lands, located in western North Carolina. 

The meeting will be held at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 South Sterling St., in Morganton. It will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., although attendees should arrive a few minutes early to receive meeting handouts. Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on these two game lands for the next 10 years.

Johns River Game Land comprises 3,893 acres in Burke County, while South Mountains Game Land comprises 21,647 acres in Burke, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford counties. Both game lands are mostly forested, with South Mountains Game Land containing 7,860 acres of land in the Cooperative Upland Habitat Restoration and Enhancement (CURE) program. La

Rank (0) Views 2036 On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 4:53 PM, 546 days ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Aug. 21 to take comments on adopting into its rules three no-wake zones established by the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission and creating one new no-wake zone on Mountain Island Lake.

The hearing, which begins at 3 p.m., will be held at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte.

The three no-wake zones  established under Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission rules are at Neck Cove, Whispering Cove and Gar Creek. The proposal, if approved, will give Wildlife Resources Commission enforcement officers authority to enforce these no-wake zones. The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission dissolved on June 30, 2014.

The fourth proposal, if approved, would create a new no-wake zone at the N.C. Hwy. 73 bridge.

The public hearing follows a meeting held in 2013 by representatives from the Mountai

Rank (0) Views 1376 On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 3:02 PM, 546 days ago

HERTFORD, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Aug. 20 in Hertford to hear comments on a proposal to establish a no-wake zone on Bethel Creek, a tributary to the Yeopim River in Perquimans County.

The meeting, which will begin at 3 p.m., will be held at the Perquimans 4-H Agricultural Building, located at 601 Edenton Street.

The Wildlife Commission is proposing a no-wake zone because of safety concerns. Currently, approximately six private docks used for swimming, fishing and boating storage are built along Bethel Creek — a narrow, 150-foot wide waterway. Plans for a new subdivision on the northeast side of the creek likely will increase the number of docks and boating traffic.

Wildlife enforcement officers already receive multiple complaints of near misses from boats running at greater than no-wake speed in Bethel Creek. Because of safety concerns for children and families swimming in the creek, along wi

Rank (0) Views 1977 On Thu, Aug 07, 2014 2:25 PM, 547 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be just as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting.

“As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one,” said Travis Casper, coordinator of the Commission’s Hunter Education Program. “Whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up a tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.”

Casper recommended using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place. This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury, he said.

“Always select a healthy, straight tree for placement,” he said. “Let someone know where you are or take someone along

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