Rank (0) Views 3384 On Thu, May 02, 2013 12:41 PM, 545 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 2, 2013) — Being a safe boater isn’t just smart, it’s the law.

Regulations are in effect to protect the boating community in North Carolina. Wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission want to increase awareness of the regulations to prevent accidents by offering pre-launch courtesy inspections at various public access areas throughout the summer.

“But boaters can do their own pre-launch inspection,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “We provide a checklist, a vessel operator’s guide and other useful information online at www.ncwildlife.org/boating that could save a life.”

One important state regulation requires anyone younger than 26 operating a vessel powered by a 10-horsepower or greater motor must complete an approved boating safety education course and carry their certification, or otherwise be in compliance. The Wildlife Comm

Rank (0) Views 7617 On Thu, May 02, 2013 10:45 AM, 545 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 2, 2013) — After more than a year without a new freshwater fish state record, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently certified two new record breakers — a freshwater drum from Kerr Reservoir and a white crappie from a private lake in Wake County.  

On March 20, Jonathan Wilkerson of Oxford landed a 23-pound, 8-ounce freshwater drum while fishing on Kerr Reservoir, in an area known as Beaver Pond Creek. He caught the new state record using a plastic fluke on 10-pound test.

Twelve days later, on April 1, Joey Boretti, of Holly Springs, was fishing a private lake in Wake County when he reeled in a 3-pound, 15-ounce white crappie, using a Storm WildEye® Swim Shad lure on a spinning rod.

Both anglers were fishing in the early evening — a particularly good time to catch white crappie, which are most active at sunrise and sunset. Boretti, an experienced angler although he’s only 17, says he crappie

Rank (0) Views 3038 On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 2:53 PM, 547 days ago

GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 30, 2013) — Limited space remains available for a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman “Outdoor Skills Piedmont Workshop” at Lake Townsend, a one-day skills workshop in archery, aquatic wildlife identification, basic fishing and motorboat skills on May 18.

Cost is $25, with scholarship opportunities available. Pre-registration is required. All sessions offer hands-on learning opportunities. All instructors are Wildlife Commission employees or Hunter Education Program instructors with training and expertise in the session topics.

“Women ages 18 and up who would like to try these basic outdoor skills are encouraged to register,” said B.B. Gillen, BOW program coordinator. “No prior experience is needed.”

Gillen said that Lake Townsend was chosen as the site for the workshop because of its location near Greensboro and because the Lake Townsend Marina features not only a boat ramp and boat docks for

Rank (0) Views 4210 On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 6:24 PM, 548 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 29, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission confirmed today that the season for harvesting striped bass by hook and line in the Roanoke River Striped Bass Management Area will end at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, as specified in rule. After that time, all striped bass caught in this area must be released immediately, regardless of condition.

The Roanoke River Striped Bass Management Area includes the Roanoke River and its tributaries downstream from the Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam to the mouth of the river at Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

Migration of striped bass into the Roanoke River was delayed this spring due to unusually cold water temperatures that have persisted throughout March and into early April. Striped bass have been moving upstream as the water temperature has slowly warmed into the low 60s, and they are now scattered throughout the river.

Low striped bass harvest and cool water temperatu

Rank (0) Views 6272 On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 1:09 PM, 548 days ago

ELLERBE, N.C. (April 29, 2013) — Teams from Gray Stone Day School and Park Ridge Christian School were big winners at the 2013 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, the pre-collegiate shooting sports state championship, held Saturday by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at Millstone 4-H Center in Richmond County.

Youth competed in team and individual categories for rifle, shotgun, archery and compass on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events. 


 Senior Division winners Gray Stone "Garnet"

The Gray Stone “Garnet” team won the senior division with an overall score of 3,839 out of a possible 4,000, while Park Ridge won the junior division with of overall score of 3,635. Both schools are in Stanly County. Award winners are available here.

There were 575 student

Rank (0) Views 5615 On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 11:04 AM, 548 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 29, 2013)—Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have determined that white-nose syndrome (WNS) continues to decimate bat populations in western North Carolina, with some infected locations showing up to a 95 percent decline in hibernating bats over the past one to two years. The disease, which has been confirmed in seven counties in western North Carolina, does not affect people.

Wildlife Commission biologists surveying bat populations have documented declining bat populations by site. The number of bats hibernating in a retired mine in Avery County has plummeted from more than 1,000 bats prior to WNS to around 65 bats in just two years since the disease was discovered. At a mine in Haywood County, the number of bats hibernating dropped from nearly 4,000 bats to about 250 bats in only one year. And at a cave in McDowell County, numbers dropped from almost 300 to only a few bats remaining this winter.

Rank (0) Views 3500 On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 3:56 PM, 552 days ago

NEW HILL, N.C. (April 25, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the Cross Point Landing Boating and Fishing Access Area on Harris Lake to the public on May 3.

The Commission and Duke Energy, which owns the lake and the site, will commemorate the opening with a ribbon cutting at 10 that morning.

The Commission replaced two existing boat ramps with four new ramps with floating docks. The site also features a floating courtesy dock and floating fishing pier. The newly paved and lighted parking lot includes 17 parking spaces for single vehicles and 124 spaces for vehicles with trailers. The entire site is now fully accessible and meets the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The newly renovated Cross Point Landing Boating and Fishing Access Area represents what can be accomplished through an effective partnership involving the private sector and state government,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Commissi

Rank (0) Views 1409 On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 9:25 AM, 556 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2013) Download the PDF below for the May 16 and 17 Commission and Committee Meetings  schedule. May 16 and 17, 2013 Commission and Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 2080 On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 2:47 PM, 562 days ago

WARRENTON, N.C. (April 15, 2013) — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will treat gypsy moth infestations this week in Warren County on portions of Embro Game Land, which is owned and managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The treatments will occur between April 17 and 26, depending on weather conditions and insect development. A low-flying helicopter will perform two fine-mist applications of the biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki,or Bt(k). The applications will occur in the early mornings, from 6 to 9 a.m., and four to 10 days apart. To avoid disruption to turkey hunters and other game land users, treatments will not happen on Saturdays.

Bt(k) is not harmful to humans or animals. It is harmful only to caterpillars that consume it.  People with severe allergies should stay indoors during treatment, as the chemical may cause a reaction. 

The 919-acre treatment block is located about 10 miles south

Rank (0) Views 4695 On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 8:36 AM, 566 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 12, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 35th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament — the state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports — on April 27 at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe in Richmond County.

Teams and individuals will compete in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, map-and-compass orienteering, and a written wildlife knowledge test.

Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and overall individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events. Teams are organized within public and private schools. Home-schooled students and teams representing 4-H or FFA also can compete, provided they meet eligibility requirements.

“Besides outstanding competition, this event is such a showcase for youth and their involvement in conservation,” said Travis Casper, the state

Rank (0) Views 8186 On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 12:58 PM, 566 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 11, 2013) — The statewide spring season for male or bearded wild turkey begins Saturday, April 13, and the Home From The Hunt™ campaign of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding everyone of some basic safety considerations.

“The main consideration for turkey season — or any hunting season — is to think twice, identify your target and what is beyond it before pulling the trigger,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator. “Assume that every noise, movement or call is another hunter. If there is any doubt, don’t shoot.”  

The daily limit is one male or bearded turkey; possession limit is two. A Big Game Harvest Report Card is required for turkey season. More information on regulations, free hunter education courses and where to hunt is available online at www.ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0031.

The Top 5 Safety Considerations for Tur

Rank (0) Views 2885 On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 8:42 AM, 568 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 10, 2013) — Tim Lemon, a hunter education specialist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been recognized as the 2013 Hunter Education Professional of the Year by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA), the professional organization for 67 state and provincial wildlife conservation agencies and the 70,000 volunteer instructors who teach hunter education in North America.

Lemon, of Roaring River in Wilkes County, was recognized in a ceremony April 4 in San Antonio at the annual IHEA conference.

Lemon coordinates instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management and conservation, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety for District 7, made up of Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Surry, Yadkin, Alexander, Iredell, Stokes, Forsyth and Davie counties.

Among Lemon’s many achievements cited for the honor were his dedication to increasing y

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