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Raleigh, N.C. (August 23, 2013) Download the August 29, 2013 commission agenda package below.

August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF)


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Raleigh, N.C. (August 23, 2013) Download the PDF below for the August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda.

August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


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Raleigh, N.C. (August 22, 2013) Download the PDF's below for the August 28, 2013 committee meeting agendas. 

August 28, 2013
Joint Big Game/Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee (PDF)
Fisheries Committee (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee (PDF)
Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee (PDF)
Boating Safety Committee (PDF)
Committee of the Whole Meeting (PDF)

 


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Raleigh, N.C. (August 22, 2013) Download the PDF below for the August 28, 2013 Committee Meetings Notice. 

August 28, 2013 Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)


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DALLAS, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, working cooperatively with Gaston County Parks and Recreation, recently constructed a universally accessible fishing pier on Dallas Park’s large pond, in Dallas. 

The pier is 43-feet long with a 48-foot T-shaped end, benches and alternating high/low hand rails. Commission and parks staffs also created an accessible paved path from the parking lot to the pier and a kiosk that provides information on fishing regulations, such assize and creel limits, as well as information about the local fisheries.

Dallas Park’s large pond is one of three ponds located in the park.  It was recently drained for repairs, and then refilled. Commission staff stocked the pond with bluegill in March. Plans have been made for stockings of largemouth bass in 2014 and channel catfish in 2015, according to Chris Wood, a fisheries biologist with the Wildlife Commission.

“As we


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MORGANTON, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is bringing more fishing opportunities to anglers in Burke County with the recent completion of  three piers at the Broughton Pond Public Fishing Area.

The fishing area, which is located on the South Mountain Game Land, comprises two ponds. Commission staff constructed two piers on the first pond — a floating, universally accessible pier, which is 59 feet long with a 48-foot wide T-shaped section at the end,and a 12-by-16 fixed pier. The universally accessible pier has benches and alternating high and low handrails with bait shelves that can accommodate children and anglers in wheelchairs.

On the smaller pond, which is located approximately 50 yards from the larger pond, Commission staff built another 12-by-16 fixed pier.

Anglers fishing in the ponds can expect to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.  Commission staff stocks both ponds with about 700


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BANNER ELK, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Grandfather Mountain Home for Children and Edgar Tufts Memorial Association, is bringing more fishing opportunities to anglers of all abilities with the recent construction of a universally accessible, floating fishing pier on Wildcat Lake in Avery County.

The pier, which was completed in May, is 59-feet long with a 48-foot wide T-section at the end. Benches and alternating high and low handrails with bait shelves on the fishing pier help accommodate children and anglers in wheelchairs. In addition to the pier, staff created a paved path from the parking lot to the pier and erected a kiosk that provides information on fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits, as well as information about the lake’s fisheries.    

Wildcat Lake is part of the Commission’s Public Mountain Trout Waters program and is operated as a hatchery


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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering free, fishing-related workshops this fall at the John E.Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  Sept. 7 – Fly-Fishing Discovery Course from 9-11 a.m. This new class is designed as a fun and easy way for beginner fly anglers to give fly casting a try. Participants will learn the basic overhead cast and roll cast through personal instruction and casting aids that emphasize the fundamentals of fly casting. Class size is limited to six participants because of one-on-one instruction, and pre-registration is required. Oct. 15, 16, 17 – Basic Rod-Building Course from 6:30-9 p.m. This 3-day course covers the basic techniques for building a 6-foot, medium-action spinning rod. All tools and supplies are provided. Due to space constraints, the class is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is recommended. Dec. 4, 5, 6 – Basic Fly-Tyi


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Tim Sisk to captain for District 9, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

Capt. Sisk will supervise 23 wildlife officers and a hunter education specialist in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, Buncombe and Henderson counties. A 26-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, he was previously a lieutenant in the district. His predecessor, Greg Daniels, recently retired.

“This region has a rich heritage of hunting and fishing, boating and wildlife watching,” said Sisk. “We have numerous game lands, state and national forests and parks, rivers and lakes that are world-renowned for outdoor recreation. I look forward to my new position and continuing role in serving conservation and public safety in these


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WILKESBORO, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake, Inc., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the N.C. Forest Service B.R.I.D.G.E. Crew on a pilot project to stabilize the shoreline and enhance aquatic habitat in W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.

The Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and beautification of the lake, hired a local contractor earlier this spring to reshape approximately 150 linear feet of shoreline adjacent to the Visitor Assistance/Environmental Education Center to create a more stable slope.

To help the shoreline hold its new shape, personnel with the Wildlife Commission, Corps and Forest Service installed a brush mattress, a 4- to 6-inch layer of willows and other woody vegetation, and planted native trees, shrubs and herbaceous ground cover along the shoreline, creating a riparian buffer to filter sediment and pollutants from sur


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Commission Encourages Sharing the Experience

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds the public that dove hunting season opening day is Labor Day, Sept. 2.

“This season’s opening has a couple of differences from previous years,” said Kate Pipkin, the Commission’s rules biologist. “Opening day is a Monday, not the traditional first Saturday of September. That’s because the first Saturday of the month this year is Sept. 7. Rather than wait, the Commission went with the earliest possible date allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

Shooting hours for the entire season, including opening day, begin a half-hour before sunrise. Prior to 2012, shooting hours for opening day began at noon.

This also is the first year that the Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permit will be in effect, allowing newcomers a convenient and safe way to try the sport, in t


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is extending the deadline to register for a special Labor Day youth dove hunting opportunity at Mountain Island Educational State Forest until Aug. 21, to make available a limited number of unsold permits.

The special hunt opportunity requires a minimum of two per party, which has to consist of at least one youth, younger than 16, and one properly licensed adult. Permits can only be purchased by phone at 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

“This is a special opportunity because the dove hunt is being held in the Charlotte area where these types of hunts are very limited,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “With all of the development and urban sprawl in that area, there are not a whole lot of hunting opportunities around Charlotte. We hope people will take advantage of this opportunity.”

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