Rank (0) Views 2727 On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 2:33 PM, 643 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (March 14, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a three-day fly-fishing weekend for women on April 5-7 through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program.

Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground, south of Asheville near Brevard, in Transylvania County. The registration fee is $125, but partial scholarships in amounts up to $90 are available.

“No previous experience is required,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “This weekend is tailored for individuals, so each angler will gain new skills, improve techniques, and learn about the important role of anglers in conservation of mountain streams.”

Fly-fishing equipment will be provided, but participants can bring their own gear. The workshop will be held rain or shine, so bring sunscreen and rain gear. Other needed items include appropriate outdoor clot

Rank (0) Views 2358 On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 1:02 PM, 643 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 14, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a clinic on Practical Wildlife Habitat Management at its wildlife education center in Raleigh on April 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. The clinic is free, but pre-registration is required.

Presented by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), this interactive workshop is designed for landowners and sportsmen who manage 5 to 500 acres and want to improve their properties for conservation.

“This clinic is specifically geared toward the non-professional,” said Guy Gardner, the program presenter with QDMA. “We will discuss techniques to implement a cost-effective, practical habitat-management program allowing anyone to improve the quality of their property for the benefit of wildlife.”

The clinic will consist of:
An overview of wildlife habitat requirements,
Guidance to develop a wildlife habitat management plan,
The wildlife value of native plants a

Rank (0) Views 2816 On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 10:39 AM, 643 days ago

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the 2nd Annual Kayak Fish and Float workshop on April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The free workshop, which is open to the public, will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics: Kayak Safety and Rigging; Offshore Fishing for King Mackerel; Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout; and, Kayak Fishing for Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish and Carp.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice their kayaking skills on Lake Rim using fishing kayaks provided by the Great Outdoor Provision Company, which partnered with the Wildlife Commission to organize the workshop.

The Commission also partnered with Heroes on the Water to provide

Rank (0) Views 2656 On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 4:21 PM, 644 days ago

WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 13, 2013) — A laser shot simulator, twin 300-gallon aquaria and a 22-foot trailer filled with animal mounts, skulls and pelts will be on display at the 5th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Commission will be one of more than 140 exhibitors at this year’s expo, which will be held March 15-17 in downtown Wilmington at the Wilmington Convention Center.

The mobile aquarium, a staple at many fishing and hunting events, will feature a selection of both warmwater and coldwater fishes found in North Carolina’s waters. The Sensory Safari, a kid-friendly wildlife exhibit-on-wheels, will give expo visitors the chance to learn about North Carolina’s wildlife by listening to the sounds of birds, seeing animal mounts and handling pelts and skulls of some common North Carolina mammals.

Back by popular demand this year isthe laser shot simulator, which will be located insid

Rank (0) Views 2315 On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 2:02 PM, 644 days ago

BURGAW, N.C. (March 13, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Sawpit Landing Boating Access area in Pender County, and it is now open to the public.

Wildlife Commission staff replaced the boat ramp, installed a floating dock and improved the parking area. They also made the site accessible for the disabled.

“Sawpit Landing is located on the Northeast Cape Fear River, and will offer access for anglers, boaters and wildlife watchers,” said Tommy Hughes, coastal area eco-region supervisor. “Anglers can fish for largemouth bass, panfish and catfish, and wildlife watchers might see alligators, beavers, waterfowl, neotropical migratory birds, turkeys and white-tailed deer.”

Construction of the site was funded with motorboat registration fees and Sport Fish Restoration funds.Visit the Commission’s boating web page for more information on boating in North Carolina,inc

Rank (0) Views 2647 On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 4:49 PM, 645 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 12, 2013) — It is going to be a hopping, slithering, slinking kind of day on Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh when the 19th Annual Reptile and Amphibian Day kicks off at 9 a.m.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC), will staff a booth featuring live reptiles and amphibians — collectively known as “herps” — on the third floor of the museum. Come check out slithering corn snakes, hopping toads and slinking salamanders, and don’t forget to pick up some free literature on how to 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 a

Rank (0) Views 1759 On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 8:48 AM, 645 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Mar. 12, 2013) Download the PDFs below for the March 12th and 13th committee meeting agendas.

March 12, 2013
Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) March 13, 2013

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Youth Engagement Subcommittee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 1541 On Fri, Mar 08, 2013 5:12 PM, 649 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 8, 2013) Download the agenda package PDF below. March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 10.6 MB)

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Rank (0) Views 1561 On Fri, Mar 08, 2013 2:33 PM, 649 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 8, 2013) Download the PDF below for the March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda. March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 2451 On Fri, Mar 08, 2013 12:48 PM, 649 days ago

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (March 8, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Big Flatty Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.


The refurbished site, on Big Flatty Creek in Pasquotank County, includes a new ramp, 8-foot by 40-foot floating dock, improved signage and parking, and shoreline stabilization.

Big Flatty Creek has a variety of fish for anglers to hook, including white perch and black crappie. A 2011 Wildlife Commission survey found good populations of largemouth bass and bluegill, but anglers can also expect to find saltwater species occasionally.

“Because it is so close to Albemarle Sound, saltwater species such as southern flounder, croaker, black drum and blue crabs can also be found in the creek from time to time,” said Jeremy McCargo, a fisheries biologist with the Commission. “In addition, the close proximity of Big Flatty Creek access area to Albemarle Sound ca

Rank (0) Views 2031 On Thu, Mar 07, 2013 2:50 PM, 650 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (March 7, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in coordination with Weyerhaeuser, is conducting an “Amphibians of North Carolina” workshop at the Cool Springs Environment Education Center in Craven County, on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The workshop is open to anyone 16 and older interested in learning more about salamanders, frogs and toads found in North Carolina. A $10 fee is required to cover costs associated with operating the center, an outdoor classroom that provides hands-on learning opportunities in forestry, ecology and other environmental topics.

During the morning session,Commission personnel Mike Campbell and Jeff Hall will lead a classroom discussion on conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of frogs, toads and salamanders, as well as the effects that people can have on these environmentally sensitive animals. In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired kn

Rank (0) Views 2402 On Wed, Mar 06, 2013 1:13 PM, 651 days ago

MARION, N.C. (March 6, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed two trout stockings for West Fork Pigeon River in Haywood County and Spring Creek in Madison County due to icy road conditions.

Commission staff had planned to stock 825 trout in West Fork Pigeon River and 1,200 trout in Spring Creek today, but postponed the stockings until later this week or early next week,when road conditions improve. 

West Fork Pigeon River and Spring Creek are part of the Commission’s Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Program. For a complete list of Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters, as well as information on trout fishing in North Carolina, visit the trout fishing page. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the fishing page.

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