Rank (0) Views 4349 On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 4:09 PM, 30 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has adopted a resolution supporting a bill that would promote wildlife-related recreation and youth involvement in outdoor activities across the state.

Wildlife Commissioners took the action Tuesday in support of House Bill 640, known as the Outdoor Heritage Act.

“This legislation provides a comprehensive blueprint to increase opportunities to enjoy North Carolina’s rich outdoor heritage,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Wildlife Commission. “With a focus on youth involvement, it’s an investment for the future.”

The resolution cites the importance of provisions in the bill that focus on private property rights, increased access to public land, additional hunting opportunities and promotion of a wide range of outdoor recreation, including horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, hunting, fishing and boating.

These provision


Rank (0) Views 543 On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 3:56 PM, 30 days ago



HILLSBOROUGH (April 22, 2015) — The Eno River Hydrilla Management Task Force will hold a public information meeting April 29 in Hillsborough to describe a two-year treatment project to combat the invasive plant hydrilla in a section of the Eno River by introducing an EPA-approved herbicide.

The informal, open house-style meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in conference room 230 in the Whitted Building, 300 West Tryon St., Hillsborough. Presenters will describe the threat hydrilla poses in the Eno River basin, and experts on the infestation and the treatment project will be available to answer questions at information stations.

Hydrilla is a submerged aquatic plant that can create nearly impenetrable mats of stems and leaves on the surfaces of rivers, lakes and other waterways. An invasive species from Asia, hydrilla impedes recreational use of waterways, crowds out native vegetation and ultimately can harm fish and other aquatic and bird species. The plant also can clog i


Rank (0) Views 575 On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 1:40 PM, 30 days ago



HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (April 22, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Turkey Creek Boating Access Area in Onslow County after completing renovations. 

The boating access area, which is located at 619 Turkey Point Rd. in Holly Ridge, provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway where anglers can catch speckled sea trout, redfish and flounder. GPS coordinates are: 34° 29’ 39” N, 77° 27’ 55” W.

Wildlife Commission staff replaced the original ramps and docks, which were more than 30 years old, with a new two-lane concrete ramp and a 60-foot x 8-foot floating dock. Staff also constructed vinyl walls on each side of the ramp.

Staff plans to pave the parking lot for 11 trailer spaces and two single-vehicle spaces. After the parking lot is paved, the site will be ADA accessible. Staff will begin paving later this year.

The Commission paid for the renovatio


Rank (0) Views 158 On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 10:32 AM, 30 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: Two locations:

·        Stones Creek Game Land in Onslow County 5 miles west of Surf City (175 acres – GPS coordinates: 34.562,   77.477

·        Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County (239 acres – GPS coordinates: -79*39.339  35 03.131)

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: April 22, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commissio


Rank (0) Views 195 On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 11:41 AM, 31 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 21, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting one prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

·         Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County (424 acres – GPS coordinates: 35.10819  79.6563)

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: April 21, 2015

CONTACT:  For questions, please contact:

Hannah Whitley

Processing Assistant V

Division of Engineering and Lands Management

Phone: (919) 707-0363

 

MORE INFO:  Learn why the Commission conducts prescribed burns by reading our “Prescribed Burns Benefit Wildlife” blog.


Rank (0) Views 972 On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 4:04 PM, 35 days ago



DURHAM, N.C. (April 17, 2015) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program will offer a free shooting sports and archery workshop on June 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wake County Wildlife Club range, located at 1313 Coley Road in Durham.

The hands-on workshop will provide training in shotgun, rifle, bow and arrow, and crossbow. Experienced instructors will emphasize safety, proper firing techniques and offer one-on-one instruction.

“No previous experience is needed for this workshop — just an interest in shooting and archery,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “And it’s free, thanks to the Wake County Wildlife Club. Space is limited, however, so I suggest anyone interested sign up as soon as possible.”

Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The


Rank (0) Views 856 On Fri, Apr 17, 2015 1:08 PM, 35 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (April 17, 2015) Download the PDF below for the Tuesday, April 21st special electronic commission meeting notice.


April 21, 2015 Special Electronic Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 1019 On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 2:57 PM, 37 days ago



JEFFERSON, N.C. (April 15, 2015) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will begin repair work this month on a sediment retention pond dam immediately above Trout Lake in Ashe County.

The Commission hired a contracting firm to do the work and authorized work to begin in early April, but heavy rains delayed the start of construction. The contractor expects to have the work completed by the end of April, or earlier, depending on the weather.

Trout Lake, a 2-acre impoundment that receives water from the sediment retention pond undergoing repair work, will remain open to fishing, although anglers might notice some turbidity in the water as the work progresses. Work is expected to take three weeks and Commission staff hopes to have the work completed by the time the lake receives its next stocking of trout in early May.

Staff decided to begin repair work now and not wait until the conclusion of trout fishing season this summer because stabilizing the sediment retentio


Rank (0) Views 1846 On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 10:03 AM, 37 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 15, 2015) — With seven boating fatalities already reported this year in North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission urges boaters to follow a few simple steps to ensure safety.

Last year, the Wildlife Commission recorded 27 fatalities in 23 fatal boating accidents, of 130 boating accidents investigated.

“We want to help everyone have a safe, enjoyable boating experience,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “If there is a single recommendation to start with, it is: ‘Wear a life vest.’ It is an effective life-saving strategy.”

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show drowning as the cause of death in almost three-fourths of recent recreational boating fatalities, with 84 percent of victims not wearing a life vest.

“Most people who drown in a boating accident had a life vest available, but they were not wearing it when they went into the water,&a


Rank (0) Views 3595 On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 3:50 PM, 38 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2015) — Responding to the recent fish kill at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout as scheduled in 2015. 

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men on April 9 for tampering with the water intake at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery, killing 168,500 rainbow trout. The trout, which ranged in size from 5-10 inches, had been designated for stocking in 2015 and 2016. The plan to meet stocking goals includes transferring 9- to 10-inch trout from the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County to offset part of the fish that were scheduled for stocking this year. The remainder will be made up by maximizing growth on fish that were being grown for 2016.

“We build a small buffer into our production plans each year as a contingency for events such a


Rank (0) Views 3886 On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 8:50 AM, 38 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people to enjoy wildlife with respect and caution, as encounters with wildlife increase in the spring, when many species bear young.

Handling, feeding or moving wildlife can harm or ultimately kill the animal, and poses a risk for human health and safety. Also, it is illegal to keep native wildlife as a pet in North Carolina.

“Well-meaning people can do tremendous harm when attempting to ‘rescue’ young animals,” said Ann May, an extension wildlife biologist. “One of the best approaches to protecting young wildlife is to keep pets, especially cats, indoors.”

Many species, such as white-tailed deer, do not constantly stay with their young and only return to feed them. While a fawn might look abandoned and alone, it is waiting for the female to return. A fawn is well-equipped to protect itself. By the time it is 5 days old it c


Rank (0) Views 952 On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 11:29 AM, 42 days ago



ARAPAHOE, N.C. (April 10, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Dawson Creek Boating Access Area in Pamlico County after completing renovations this week.

The site is located at 303 Creek Place Road in Arapahoe and provides access to the Neuse River. Wildlife Commission staff constructed a concrete boat ramp, an 8-foot x 56-foot floating dock and a gravel parking lot with space for four cars and 17 vehicles with trailers.

The entire area is ADA accessible with a dedicated single-vehicle parking space, a dedicated space for a vehicle with trailer, paved sidewalks and assist rails on the dock.

Dawson Creek offers excellent fishing opportunities for popular freshwater and saltwater game species, such as largemouth bass and sunfish in the upper part of the creek, and  speckled sea trout, redfish  and flounder in other parts of the creek.

The Commission paid for the renovation of the Dawson Creek Boating Access Area using m

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