Rank (0) Views 2295 On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 4:49 PM, 526 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 12, 2013) — It is going to be a hopping, slithering, slinking kind of day on Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh when the 19th Annual Reptile and Amphibian Day kicks off at 9 a.m.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC), will staff a booth featuring live reptiles and amphibians — collectively known as “herps” — on the third floor of the museum. Come check out slithering corn snakes, hopping toads and slinking salamanders, and don’t forget to pick up some free literature on how to turn your backyard into a haven for all kinds of wildlife, in particular amphibians and reptiles.

Be sure to test your snake-identification skills by playing the “Spot the Copperhead” game and don’t forget to pick up your “I Love Snakes” sticker a


Rank (0) Views 1470 On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 8:48 AM, 526 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (Mar. 12, 2013) Download the PDFs below for the March 12th and 13th committee meeting agendas.

March 12, 2013
Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) March 13, 2013

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Youth Engagement Subcommittee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 1298 On Fri, Mar 08, 2013 5:12 PM, 530 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (March 8, 2013) Download the agenda package PDF below. March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 10.6 MB)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 8, 2013) Download the PDF below for the March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda. March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 2068 On Fri, Mar 08, 2013 12:48 PM, 530 days ago



ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (March 8, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Big Flatty Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

 

The refurbished site, on Big Flatty Creek in Pasquotank County, includes a new ramp, 8-foot by 40-foot floating dock, improved signage and parking, and shoreline stabilization.

Big Flatty Creek has a variety of fish for anglers to hook, including white perch and black crappie. A 2011 Wildlife Commission survey found good populations of largemouth bass and bluegill, but anglers can also expect to find saltwater species occasionally.

“Because it is so close to Albemarle Sound, saltwater species such as southern flounder, croaker, black drum and blue crabs can also be found in the creek from time to time,” said Jeremy McCargo, a fisheries biologist with the Commission. “In addition, the close proximity of Big Flatty Creek access area to Albemarle Sound ca


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NEW BERN, N.C. (March 7, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in coordination with Weyerhaeuser, is conducting an “Amphibians of North Carolina” workshop at the Cool Springs Environment Education Center in Craven County, on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The workshop is open to anyone 16 and older interested in learning more about salamanders, frogs and toads found in North Carolina. A $10 fee is required to cover costs associated with operating the center, an outdoor classroom that provides hands-on learning opportunities in forestry, ecology and other environmental topics.

During the morning session,Commission personnel Mike Campbell and Jeff Hall will lead a classroom discussion on conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of frogs, toads and salamanders, as well as the effects that people can have on these environmentally sensitive animals. In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired kn


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MARION, N.C. (March 6, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed two trout stockings for West Fork Pigeon River in Haywood County and Spring Creek in Madison County due to icy road conditions.

Commission staff had planned to stock 825 trout in West Fork Pigeon River and 1,200 trout in Spring Creek today, but postponed the stockings until later this week or early next week,when road conditions improve. 

West Fork Pigeon River and Spring Creek are part of the Commission’s Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Program. For a complete list of Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters, as well as information on trout fishing in North Carolina, visit the trout fishing page. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the fishing page.


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BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. (March 1, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed a trout stocking for Coffey Lake in Watauga County due to icy road conditions. Coffey Lake had been scheduled to receive 500 trout today through the Wildlife Commission’s Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Program.

The trout stocking will be rescheduled next week when road conditions improve.

For a complete list of Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters, as well as information on trout fishing in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the fishing page.

 


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 1, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the National Wild Turkey Federation, will hold two free turkey hunting clinics at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education to help interested hunters prepare for the spring season.

An introductory session for novice turkey hunters will be held March 26. An advanced turkey hunting clinic will be held on March 27.  Both are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the center’s auditorium.

There is no charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. While participants will not be firing live rounds, there will be plenty of practice with turkey calls. Participants will gain practical knowledge and learn turkey hunting skills to improve their abilities in the field.

“As turkey hunting continues to grow in popularity, so does the interest in participating,” said Walter “Deet” James, hunting heritage biologist


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WILMINGTON,N.C. (Feb. 28) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Sutton Lake Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The refurbished site, off U.S. 421 in New Hanover County, boasts two new concrete ramps with a floating dock between them. It also has an 80-foot by 12-foot floating fishing pier with a handicapped-accessible walkway. An improved, ADA-compliant parking area accommodates 33 trailered vehicles and 19 single vehicles. The site also has new solar lighting.

Sutton Lake is popular with anglers looking to catch largemouth bass, sunfish, black crappie, flathead catfish and channel catfish.

The Wildlife Commission also installed a new floating boat dock with handicapped-accessible handrails to help people get on and off boats.

“There is so much at this site for our citizens to enjoy,” said Erik Christofferson,chief of the Division of Engineering Services and Land Management. “It of


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is making scholarship money available to women who want to attend a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop in North Carolina. More than $2,000 is available in scholarships. The scholarship money will be distributed to eligible applicants in amounts of up to 80 percent of registration fees, which range from $10 to $225, depending on the duration and nature of BOW workshops.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program for women, 18 and older, to learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences, such as archery, fishing, paddling, wildlife photography, outdoor cooking, target shooting and motorboat safety. Upcoming BOW workshops for which scholarship money is available include:

· Fly-Fishing weekend at the Wildlife Education Center in Brevard and Davidson River Campground in Transylvania County (April 5-7), $125 registration;

· Archery/Bowhunting


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 6. 

During this period that is closed to fishing, Commission personnel will stock all Hatchery Supported Trout Waters in preparation for opening day. They stock Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, which are marked by green-and-white signs, at frequent intervals in the spring and early summer every year.

This year, Commission personnel will stock approximately 900,000 trout, 96 percent of which average 10 inches in length, with the other 4 percent exceeding 14 inches in length.

While fishing on Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limit or bait restriction. Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are open from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until one-half hour after su

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