Rank (0) Views 4627 On Mon, May 20, 2013 5:01 PM, 555 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May. 20, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled an emergency telephonic meeting of its governing board for tomorrow, May 21, at 3 p.m., to discuss impacts of the proposed Senate budget cuts.

Senate Bill 402 proposes $9,476,588 from State appropriations to fund N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission operations — a 49 percent cut in appropriations to the State fish and wildlife agency.

The telephonic meeting will allow Wildlife Commissioners to discuss the proposed Senate budget’s impacts on day-to-day operations, including conservation programs, infrastructure and personnel.

Download the PDF for the Notice to the Secretary of State of the May 21 emergency telephonic meeting:  http://tinyurl.com/kqhvv3x


Rank (0) Views 1488 On Mon, May 20, 2013 11:20 AM, 555 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May. 20, 2013) Download the PDF below for the Notice to the Secretary of State of an emergency telephonic meeting of the WRC that has been called for tomorrow, May 21, at 3 pm.

Notice to Secretary of State (PDF)

WRC Agenda May 21, 2013 (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 3311 On Fri, May 17, 2013 1:11 PM, 558 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 64 miles of trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on June 1.

From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. on June 1, waters are open only to anglers 15 years old and younger. At noon, waters open to all anglers. Delayed-harvest waters will stay open under hatchery-supported regulations through Sept. 30. During this time, anglers can keep up to seven trout per day — with no bait restrictions or minimum size limits.

The Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching trout. Once summer arrives, waters become too warm for trout to survive so the Commission opens delayed-harvest streams and lakes to harvest. Delayed-harvest trout waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs.

The youth-only fishin


Rank (0) Views 2761 On Fri, May 17, 2013 11:44 AM, 558 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17, 2013)  — A free kids’ fishing event at Lake Wheeler is scheduled for June 1, starting at 9 a.m.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which is supporting the Lake Wheeler Fishing Derby in addition to 35 other kids’ fishing events, erroneously reported the date as June 8 earlier this week.

Download an updated list of events, which are held throughout the state each year in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week.

Young anglers registered at any fishing event can enter a statewide drawing for a chance to win one of more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Neuse Sport Shop also is donating tackle boxes,rod-and-ree


Rank (0) Views 3133 On Thu, May 16, 2013 11:00 AM, 559 days ago



 RALEIGH, N.C. (May 16, 2013) — Bald eagles, peregrine falcon sand red-cockaded woodpeckers in North Carolina share common recovery stories: their populations, at one time severely depleted, have recovered significantly,thanks in part to the protection they have enjoyed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

To raise awareness about the threats other endangered species face, as well as the many success stories in species recovery, May 17 has been designated Endangered Species Day. Started by the U.S. Senate in 2008, Endangered Species Day highlights the importance of protecting wildlife and fish, celebrates endangered species success stories and provides information on what people can do to help protect endangered species.

In North Carolina,more than 220 terrestrial and aquatic species are either federally or state-listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern. The Northern saw-whet owl, bog turtle, shortnose sturgeon, northern flying squirrel,Carol


Rank (0) Views 3543 On Wed, May 15, 2013 1:05 PM, 560 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 14, 2013)  — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited and the U.S.Forest Service, is supporting more than 35 free fishing events for kids from late May through early June.

The events are held throughout the state each year in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week. Find an event near you.

Young anglers registered at any fishing event can enter a statewide drawing for a chance to win one of more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Neuse Sport Shop also is donating tackle boxes, rod-and-reel combos and fishing line, while the Wildlife Commission is donating prizes, such as fishing towels


Rank (0) Views 1591 On Mon, May 13, 2013 1:28 PM, 562 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May. 13, 2013) Download the PDFs below for the May 16, 2013 committee meeting agendas held in Soundside Hall, NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

May 16, 2013
Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda(PDF)
Boating Safety Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Migratory Bird / Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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


Rank (0) Views 1491 On Fri, May 10, 2013 3:57 PM, 565 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17, 2013) Download the agenda package PDF below. May 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (7.21 MB)

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


Rank (0) Views 3912 On Fri, May 10, 2013 10:40 AM, 566 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 10, 2013) — Young wildlife may be cute — and it may be tempting to bring a fawn, cub, chick or kit home — but tiny animals are not pets. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that touching or feeding them can hurt wildlife and jeopardize human health. It also can harm the ecosystem.

Human encounters with young animals often increase in the spring, when many wildlife species bear young.

“Wild animals are not pets, and they are not meant to be raised and fed by humans,” said Ann May, the Commission’s extension wildlife biologist. “Wild animals still have their wild instincts, even if they seem tame. Well-meaning people can be injured by a wild animal just following its instincts,and the interaction can be harmful to the animals as well.”

It is illegal to keep native wildlife as a pet in North Carolina. Also, capturing and handling a young animal can stress it,


Rank (0) Views 2330 On Thu, May 09, 2013 1:38 PM, 566 days ago



HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (May 9, 2013) — Celebrate turtles and learn more about conservation of these remarkable reptiles at Turtle Fest, a free,family-friendly event scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 1-4 p.m. at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC) and the N.C. Herpetological Society, will staff a booth featuring live reptiles and amphibians.  Come check out corn snakes, frogs, maybe a toad or two, and, of course, the stars of the day — turtles of varying shapes and sizes. You also can learn more about how you can 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 as well.

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Rank (0) Views 3354 On Thu, May 09, 2013 9:12 AM, 567 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 9, 2013) — A multi-agency safety initiative aimed at summer holiday travel will resume throughout North Carolina, beginning this Memorial Day weekend.

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign will work to reduce accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, which see increased traffic this time of year. Unfortunately, too many accidents are alcohol-related. In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest.

The campaign is made up of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol, Alcohol Law Enforcement, Forensic Tests for Alcohol, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard and local police and sheriff’s offices, along with participating organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving,


Rank (0) Views 2315 On Wed, May 08, 2013 11:24 AM, 567 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 8, 2013) –The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for two members to its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee. Closing date for nominations is July 15, 2013.

The 18-member committee, which advises the Commission on nongame and endangered wildlife issues across the state, meets four times per year. The person selected should be willing and able to contribute consistently as a volunteer to the efforts of the committee. Committee members have a diverse range of regional, habitat and species-specific expertise and advise the Wildlife Commission on matters that fit their areas of expertise.

To nominate an individual for the committee, submit a nomination form detailing the reasons for the person’s nomination, a resume, if available, and a cover letter. 

While electronic submissions are preferred, hard copies can be mailed to the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, Attn: Diane Renzi, Division of Inland Fisheries

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