Rank (0) Views 3919 On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 2:24 PM, 648 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct four fly-fishing clinics open to the public starting in January.

The clinics will be held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Raeford Road and will begin with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by hands-on, interactive casting classes and on-the-water instruction.

The four basic fly-fishing clinics are scheduled for Jan. 5 and 19, and Feb. 2 and 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will facilitate casting programs to educate participants on proper fly-fishing techniques.

To make these clinics possible, Commission staff stocked two ponds with 1,000 catchable-sized brook, rainbow and brown trout on Dec. 18. The trout were raised at the agency’s Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hat


Rank (0) Views 3849 On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 10:06 AM, 649 days ago



CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (Dec. 20) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed work on the Blount’s Creek Boating Access Area and Public Fishing Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, which provides access to the Pamlico River via Blount’s Creek, has two launch ramps, a floating dock and a fishing pier. It has 28 trailered vehicle parking spaces and 12 single-vehicle parking spaces. 

“We are so grateful for our partnership with Beaufort County, who purchased the site,which allowed us to develop boating and fishing access to the popular Pamlico,”said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This site will draw anglers and recreational boaters from every part of the state.”

Construction of the site was funded with motorboat registration fees and Sport Fish Restoration funds. Beaufort County purchased the site using money from grants made


Rank (0) Views 3695 On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 8:48 AM, 649 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine outdoor photo competition.

All winners will be published in the January/February 2013 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with the grand prize image appearing on the cover. The photographs also will be exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, along with special showings throughout the year at other museums and wildlife education centers across the state.

“This year, rules required all entrants to be subscribers to the magazine and we were impressed by how talented our readers are,” said Mike Zlotnicki, associate editor of Wildlife in North Carolina. “I don’t think anyone appreciates conservation and North Carolina’s wildlife more than they do.”

Photos were judged in 10 categories, including two for youth. First-place winners by category: Birds: R


Rank (0) Views 4358 On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 9:04 AM, 656 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 13, 2012) — The Home from the Hunt™ campaign of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding waterfowl hunters who use boats to practice both boating safety and hunting safety.

“Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Hypothermia is the loss of body heat and, left untreated, can prove fatal. Exposure to extreme cold, such as being in cold water or wearing wet clothes in cold conditions, can increase the chance of hypothermia.”

Wear protective clothing and watch the weather, he said. Let someone know where you are hunting and an approximate return time.

Additional boating safety tips include:

• Always wear a life vest.

• Don't overload the boat, especially with passengers.

• Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat.

• Ne


Rank (0) Views 2631 On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 8:58 AM, 657 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 12, 2012) — Capt. Todd Radabaugh, a wildlife officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been recognized for his work in drug enforcement and boating safety.

He was awarded North Carolina’s 2012 Drug Recognition Expert of the Year, given by the Forensic Tests for Alcohol branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health. He was presented a statuette and a plaque at a recent in-service training in Raleigh. This was the first time the award has gone to a law enforcement officer not assigned to a specialized traffic unit. 

“This award reflects the work done on a daily basis by wildlife officers in our efforts to promote safe and responsible boating,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Capt. Radabaugh has been a leader in training and enforcement efforts, which, coupled with our public awareness campaigns, decreased the number


Rank (0) Views 3480 On Thu, Dec 06, 2012 3:40 PM, 662 days ago



MANN’S HARBOR, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed work on the Mann’s Harbor Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, off U.S. 64 in Dare County, was renovated to include three new boat ramps, two new floating docks, new bulkhead and shoreline docks and a gravel parking lot. The lot has 49 vehicle/trailer spaces and seven single car spaces. This marks the completion of the first phase of the project. The Commission is currently pursuing local partnerships to complete the final phase which will include additional commercial fishing facilities as well as a kayak and canoe launching area.

“This access area on the Croatan Sound is important to commercial fishermen and recreational boaters and anglers alike,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are so pleased with our partnership with the Division of


Rank (0) Views 12076 On Wed, Dec 05, 2012 3:34 PM, 663 days ago



WILMINGTON, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2012) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed construction of a rock arch ramp — or “fish passage way” — at the Cape Fear River Lock and Dam No. 1, located 32 miles upriver from Wilmington. Completion of the rock arch ramp coincides with the release of the “Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish” by the Cape Fear River Partnership, which includes the Corps of Engineers as a non-member organization playing a role in the development of the action plan.

The partnership, which is a coalition of state and federal natural resources agencies, academic entities and private and non-governmental organizations, released the draft action plan today.Public comments will be taken through Dec. 19.

The rock arch ramp is expected to improve passage of anadromous fish such as striped bass, American shad, river herring and sturgeon during their spring migrations to reach his


Rank (0) Views 5077 On Wed, Dec 05, 2012 2:53 PM, 663 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C.  (Dec. 5, 2012) — A Nov. 26 report of illegal gill netting in Craven County has led to two men being arrested by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, their boat seized and the wrongfully taken fish given to a community food bank.

The investigation began with a late evening report of suspicious activity in the Hancock Creek area near the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. A coordinated response by the Wildlife Commission and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Division of Marine Fisheries, halted the illegal fishing and made the case, but not before 89 spotted sea trout and two mullet had been caught.

Gill nets are vertical panels of netting hung down in the water from a series of floats set in a straight line. Fish trying to swim through gill nets become entangled, which allows gill-net fishermen to retrieve the nets from the water and harvest the entangled fish. The use of gill nets is prohibited in inla


Rank (0) Views 6057 On Mon, Dec 03, 2012 1:01 PM, 665 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2012) — Benjy Strope, a technical assistance biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been given the Wildlife Management Excellence Award from the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society. The award recognizes his work in establishing and managing early-successional habitat on corporate-owned swine farms and private lands in southeastern North Carolina. Strope, who has worked at the Commission for 11 years, received the award during the recent annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Strope has been instrumental in securing and managing $566,000 in grants to improve more than 1,000 acres of quail habitat. This year, the area in which he worked demonstrated what is likely the highest density of quail populations in North Carolina.  “Integrating natural resource management strategies into the management of large farms will continue to be a challenging but necessary process if


Rank (0) Views 2591 On Mon, Dec 03, 2012 8:27 AM, 666 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2012) — A great gift idea for women on your shopping list, especially for the outdoors enthusiast, is a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman gift certificate from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The recipient will enjoy a weekend workshop, which will be held at YMCA Camp Harrison Herring Ridge in Wilkes County, May 3-5. Order your gift certificate online or by phone 1-866-945-3746. Cost is $225 per person and includes a choice of four outdoor skill sessions, all program materials and use of equipment, plus meals and lodging. Activities include expert instruction in fishing, trapping and target shooting, as well as outdoor cooking and nature photography.

“This is a fun weekend and a no-pressure learning environment,” Outdoors Skills Coordinator BB Gillen said. “A gift certificate is ideal for any woman wanting to explore nature, learn some outdoor skills and have a weekend designed for her.”

Becoming an Outd


Rank (0) Views 2638 On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 9:02 AM, 670 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 29, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Todd Radabaugh to captain for District 2, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs in Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties.

A 22-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, Capt. Radabaugh was previously a lieutenant in the district. His predecessor, Rick Venable, recently retired.

“This region is a community that values outdoor recreational activities like hunting, fishing and boating,” Capt. Radabaugh said. “Along with my fellow wildlife officers, I will continue to work for conservation and public safety, and be accessible to citizens and their concerns.”

Originally from Havelock, Radabaugh and his wife Leanne have lived in Pender County since 2001. T


Rank (0) Views 3211 On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 10:29 AM, 671 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 28, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will seek nominations for the eighth annual Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award from Dec. 1 through Jan. 30.

The award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in nongame wildlife resources conservation. 

Anyone interested in nominating someone for the award must submit a nomination form and a detailed essay of the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation. The essay is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point font). Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator.

Submit nominations by:
E-mail to susan.bunn@ncwildlife.org
Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Management, c/o Susan Bunn, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-17

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