Rank (0) Views 4257 On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 3:09 PM, 531 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 5792 On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 8:40 AM, 531 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 1325 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 4:04 PM, 532 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 1329 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 12:06 PM, 532 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 5550 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 9:10 AM, 532 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 3177 On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 4:17 PM, 533 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

Rank (0) Views 3754 On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 9:30 AM, 533 days ago

MARION, N.C. (Feb. 12) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is joining other agencies and organizations in supporting the use of prescribed fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area and adjacent National Forest System lands.

The Wildlife Commission supports a proposal the U.S Forest Service is considering to use prescribed fire on nearly 16,000 acres in and near the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area on the Grandfather Ranger District.

The prescribed fire on U.S. Forest Service land would greatly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, such as those that occurred in 2007, and help restore the fire-adapted ecosystem of the area. Prescribed fire will particularly be beneficial to fire-adapted plant species such as the rare Mountain Golden Heather that are at risk of disappearing due to decades of fire suppression. Wildlife species also will benefit from the controlled ignitions and less intense heat of a prescribed fire, as opposed to wildfires, which burn at a much hi

Rank (0) Views 2647 On Fri, Feb 08, 2013 3:31 PM, 537 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today confiscated a white-tailed deer being held illegally at the home of a Burke County resident. Wildlife enforcement officers issued a citation to the person holding the deer.

Because of specific circumstances surrounding this case, the deer was anesthetized and transferred to an educational facility licensed to hold and care for deer in captivity. Those circumstances include verifiable knowledge of the origin of the deer locally within Burke County and no opportunity for the deer to have been in contact with wild deer during its life in captivity. The deer has been held in an approximately 10-foot by 12-foot chain-link pen since it was removed from its natural habitat as a fawn.

Despite well-meaning intentions of the Burke County resident, North Carolina law does not allow the holding of wildlife by individuals without proper training and licenses, and then only under strict rules to safeguard th

Rank (0) Views 1197 On Thu, Feb 07, 2013 11:42 AM, 538 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 7, 2013) Download the PDF below for the March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice.

March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 38693 On Thu, Feb 07, 2013 10:57 AM, 538 days ago

RALEIGH,N.C. (Feb. 7) —The 2013 spring turkey season has changed to allow for a longer youth turkey season in which adults can accompany more than one youth.

The youth-only season will be open from the first Saturday in April — April 6 this year — to the following Friday, April 12. An adult can accompany more than one youth during this Spring Youth-Only Wild Turkey Season. The adult must be near the youth. The bag limit for the entire week is one bird.

“With hunter recruitment as a major goal of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission,we are continuously looking for ways to bring more youth into the woods,” said David Cobb, chief of wildlife management for the Commission. “Adding these extra days to the youth season will give our newest hunters a better chance of bagging a bird, and get more youths and adults into the field.”

Season information in the Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest do

Rank (0) Views 2282 On Wed, Feb 06, 2013 9:11 AM, 539 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2013) — The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshop for 2013 has been rescheduled to May 31-June 2, with the location remaining at YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge in Wilkes County.

“Those dates better accommodate staff and instructors, while allowing us to present the widest selection of activities and instruction,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and event organizer. “This is our big, annual event. Activities will include expert instruction in fishing, trapping and target shooting, as well as outdoor cooking and nature photography, in a safe, no-pressure learning environment.

“The scheduling change from the first of May to the end of the month is more appealing for most of our participants too.” 

Limited space is still available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $225 per person and includes a choice of four outdo

Rank (0) Views 3445 On Tue, Feb 05, 2013 11:59 AM, 540 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn on Butner-Falls of the Neuse Game Land in the Triangle area today. Wildlife Commission staff will burn 94 acres around Falls Lake in Wake County. Ignition will start midday and the burn will conclude by 5 p.m. 

The prescribed burns will help improve wildlife habitat, restore the natural ecosystem, and reduce brush and debris accumulation to help prevent wildfires. Residents in Wake County may see smoke today from the prescribed burns. 

“Reducing the threat of wildfires is important in North Carolina because our state ranks fifth nationally in the number of homes in wooded areas susceptible to wildfires,” said Chris Dawes,the Wildlife Commission’s piedmont eco-region supervisor. “Periodic fire is essential to North Carolina’s natural ecosystems because the fire consumes plant matter that releases nutr

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