Rank (0) Views 2828 On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 4:48 PM, 459 days ago



WASHINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2014) — Minnesota wildlife artist Scot Storm took top honors in the 2014 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition with his vivid portrayal of a pair of hooded mergansers.

The acrylic painting will become the image on what is commonly referred to as the North Carolina duck stamp. It was unveiled earlier this month at the 19th Annual 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.

Storm is no stranger to the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition. He has won the competition twice, in 2010 and 2008,and placed third in 2009. He was one of 35 wildlife artists from 20 states to submit entries into this year’s competition, which


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CONCORD, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2014)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a free hunter education course for women on March 28-29 at Bass Pro Shops in Concord, Cabarrus County.

The two-day course will provide an atmosphere conducive to learning for women of all ages, with no experience required. This specialized course will be held at Bass Pro Shops, located at 8181 Concord Mills Boulevard, through the Wildlife Commission’s Hunter Education Program and Home From The Hunt™ campaign.

The course is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with limited space available and pre-registration required. The first session will be conducted on Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. with the final session held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“There is an increase in female participation in hunting, shooting sports and outdoor recreation, and we want that trend to continue,” said Carissa Shelton, the Commission hunter education specialis


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Raleigh, N.C. (February 20, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27, 2014 committee meetings schedule.

February 26-27, 2014 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

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


Rank (0) Views 1292 On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 8:59 AM, 459 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (February 20, 2014)  Download the PDF below for the February 27, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda.

February 27, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF) Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information. 


Rank (0) Views 3520 On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:53 AM, 462 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2014) – Learn about fishing tackle and techniques to catch crappie at a free fishing seminar hosted by the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission on March 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The seminar, which will be held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, will feature veteran fishing guide Freddie Sinclair. Topics include:  Crappie Facts: Spawning, movement habits of white and black crappie; Locating Fish: Locating structure and submerged terrain features that attract fish; Equipment: Bait/lures; selecting and rigging live bait and artificial lures; rod and reel combinations; explanation of equipment and applications; and, Techniques: Tips for tight light presentation and long-line trolling.

Sinclair has been a guide for crappie anglers on Falls, Jordan and Shearon Harris lakes for more than 17 years, specializing in long-line trolling. He has won several crappie competitions throughout the state and has been f


Rank (0) Views 6161 On Fri, Feb 07, 2014 1:58 PM, 472 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 7, 2014) — Women interested in learning outdoors skills through hands-on experiences may be eligible for scholarships through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program.

Scholarships cover up to 80 percent of registration fees, which range from $10 to $225, depending on the duration and nature of the workshop. Funding assistance is provided through the Mel Porter Scholarship Fund, which is supported by contributions from previous BOW participants. The deadline for scholarship applications is two weeks prior to respective workshop dates.

Preference is given to first-time participants who are full-time students, single parents of young children, and members of low-income households. Eligibility is determined by scholarship application and workshop registration.

BOW is an international program for women, 18 and older, conducted in North Carolina through the Wildlife Commission. Upcoming BOW workshops f


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has added no-wake zone boundaries for all public water bodies to its online interactive Boating Access Area map.

No-wake zones are areas where vessels are required to travel at a speed that creates no appreciable wake. Although many people associate no-wake zones with coastal waters, these zones can be found on many public bodies of water across the state and at Commission-owned or managed boat ramps. Boaters can find no-wake zones on the map by zooming in on a body of water. The no-wake zones, depicted in tan, can be selected to view more information about them.

“This is the first time we’ve mapped no-wake zones,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “This new feature added to the Boating Access Area map will be useful for boaters who want to know where the zones are, particularly if they&




WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding two public meetings this month to seek input in developing management plans for three of its western North Carolina game lands.

The first meeting,scheduled for Feb. 17, will be held at the Ashe County Arts Council Building, 303 School Ave., in West Jefferson, to hear public input on Pond Mountain and Three Top Mountain game lands. 

If the meeting is postponed due to bad weather, it will be rescheduled for Feb. 24 at the same location. The Commission will post on its website, www.ncwildlife.org, on Feb. 17 if the meeting is cancelled.

The second meeting, scheduled for Feb. 20, will be held at First Presbyterian Church Tartan Hall, 26 Church St., in Franklin to hear public input on Needmore Game Land.

Both meetings will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., although attendees should arrive early to sign in and receive materials.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from


Rank (0) Views 11332 On Mon, Feb 03, 2014 1:52 PM, 476 days ago



Editor's Note: The following is reprinted with permission from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.  

MOREHEAD CITY –North Carolina will close all coastal and inland waters to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest at noon Wednesday and remain closed until June 15.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation today closing all coastal waters after cold stun events were confirmed on Friday and Saturday in several coastal rivers, bays and creeks. Cold stun events were confirmed in the Pamlico, Alligator, Pungo, Scuppernong, Trent, Neuse and Cape Fear rivers; Chocowinity, Blounts and Chadwick bays; and Slades, Bath, Cahooque, Hancock and Spooners creeks.

Under N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission rules, the spotted seatrout season automatically closes in inland waters when it closes in adjacent coastal waters.

Cold stun is a naturally occurring event. When waters cool during the winter, spotted seatrout move to


Rank (0) Views 1459 On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 8:03 AM, 481 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 29, 2014) Download the PDF below for the February 27, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice. February 27, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 1887 On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 5:43 PM, 483 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has cancelled this week’s Wildlife Commission committee and business meetings, in anticipation of inclement weather.

Wildlife Commissioners had been scheduled to meet as a board on Thursday, with committee and business meetings scheduled for Wednesday. Review of weather forecasts and concern for safety led to the decision.

Wildlife Commissioners are representatives from across the state who help create and maintain laws and regulations governing conservation, hunting, fishing and boating activities in North Carolina. Members serve until reappointed or replaced.

The next commissioners’ meeting is scheduled for Feb. 27, with committee meetings to be held the day prior. To see the Wildlife Commissioners’ meeting schedule, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/About/documents/2014%20cm%20sch.pdf


Rank (0) Views 3873 On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 4:24 PM, 483 days ago



LINVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2014) — Hikers interested in trails near the Blue Ridge Parkway now have three new trails to explore, thanks to a partnership involving private citizens, The Conservation Fund, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission.

The three trails wind through Wildlife Commission game lands in western North Carolina — the Rose Creek Trail and Little Table Rock Mountain Trail on Pisgah Game Land and the Saddle Mountain Trail on Mitchell River Game Land. The Rose Creek Trail is a 1.3-mile loop trail that is rated easy. The Little Table Rock Trail is a straight 2.1-mile trail that provides a moderate hiking challenge, particularly if hikers plan for a 4.2-mile round trip. The Saddle Mountain Trail is a 2-mile loop trail that is rated moderate.

The trails are accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway or nearby access roads on Commission game lands. Wildlife Commission staff marked trail heads with

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