Rank (0) Views 1475 On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 1:50 PM, 69 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2014) — The Yadkin Patriots of Forbush Middle School in Yadkin County took top honors in the nation as junior champions at the 29th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a demanding week-long shooting and outdoors skills competition held recently at Mansfield, Pa.

The YHEC competition by the National Rifle Association (NRA) was held in July. Teams from across the country competed in marksmanship with .22-caliber rifles and black powder rifles at knock-down targets, shotgun on a sporting clays course, and archery at 3-D game targets. Non-shooting events included orienteering, wildlife identification, hunter responsibility and ethics exam, and a hunter safety trail test.

Nearly 300 competitors, coaches and parents from across America attended this year’s event. Some 50,000 young people participated in similar youth qualifying events across the United States.

In North Carolina, teams and individuals qualified for

Rank (0) Views 1635 On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 3:28 PM, 71 days ago

YANCEYVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 13, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened a new fishing access area on Farmer Lake near the R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land, in Caswell County.

The Farmer Lake Public Fishing Access Area, located at 3268 Badgett Sisters Parkway, opened earlier this month in a ribbon cutting held by the Town of Yanceyville and the Wildlife Commission, which partnered to create this improved access for anglers.

Commission staff constructed a universally accessible, T-shaped fishing pier that extends 60 feet into the lake and measures 48 feet wide at the top of the “T.” Staff also installed a sidewalk and ramp that connects the pier to a pair of universally accessible parking spaces in a nearby gravel parking lot.

Commission staff plans to install a fish attractor near the pier soon.

Anglers fishing Farmer Lake can expect to catch largemouth bass, crappie and other sunfish, according to Jessica Baumann, a fisheries b

Rank (0) Views 1536 On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 12:43 PM, 72 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two free deer hunting seminars in September at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. The seminars complement each other, but attendees have the option of registering for one or both seminars.  

“Deer Hunting 101,” Sept. 9 from 6−9 p.m., will provide basic instruction for novice hunters. Participants will gain practical knowledge, with topics including scouting techniques, equipment needs, and deer behavior and habitat.

“Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer,” Sept. 11 from 6−9 p.m., will cover field dressing, processing techniques and taxidermy, as well as different ways to cook and serve venison.

For more information or to register, contact Casey Williams at casey.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0202.

“Deer season is around the corner, with archery segments o

Rank (0) Views 553 On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 4:51 PM, 73 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center’s staff expects the transition to go smoothly when programming expands from hook-and-line workshops about fishing to hook-and-bullet workshops that cover both fishing and hunting.

Encouraged by the popularity of hunting workshops in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh, the Wildlife Commission is partnering with the Cape Fear River Branch chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association to offer a free, introductory workshop on deer hunting, Aug. 23, at the Pechmann Center in Fayetteville. 

The “Deer Hunting 101” workshop, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning about deer hunting. Topics will include:
         Proper equipment selection;

Rank (0) Views 1625 On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 9:33 AM, 74 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting the public to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on its website, www.ncwildlife.org.  

Regular waterfowl seasons may begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans.

The public can comment on proposed dates for the seasons by visiting www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on the scrolling icon, “Regular Waterfowl Proposed Season Comments,” located at the bottom of the home page. Comments on the proposed season dates will be accepted through Aug. 21.

Comments also can be mailed to:

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Proposed Regulations Comments 1701 Mail Service Center Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

Public input meetings were held across the state previously to receive comments on waterfowl seasons. However, attendance declined significantly from meeting

MORGANTON, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on Aug. 25 to seek input in developing a management plan for the Johns River and South Mountain game lands, located in western North Carolina. 

The meeting will be held at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 South Sterling St., in Morganton. It will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., although attendees should arrive a few minutes early to receive meeting handouts. Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on these two game lands for the next 10 years.

Johns River Game Land comprises 3,893 acres in Burke County, while South Mountains Game Land comprises 21,647 acres in Burke, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford counties. Both game lands are mostly forested, with South Mountains Game Land containing 7,860 acres of land in the Cooperative Upland Habitat Restoration and Enhancement (CURE) program. La

Rank (0) Views 1094 On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 4:53 PM, 76 days ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Aug. 21 to take comments on adopting into its rules three no-wake zones established by the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission and creating one new no-wake zone on Mountain Island Lake.

The hearing, which begins at 3 p.m., will be held at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte.

The three no-wake zones  established under Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission rules are at Neck Cove, Whispering Cove and Gar Creek. The proposal, if approved, will give Wildlife Resources Commission enforcement officers authority to enforce these no-wake zones. The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission dissolved on June 30, 2014.

The fourth proposal, if approved, would create a new no-wake zone at the N.C. Hwy. 73 bridge.

The public hearing follows a meeting held in 2013 by representatives from the Mountai

Rank (0) Views 599 On Fri, Aug 08, 2014 3:02 PM, 76 days ago

HERTFORD, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Aug. 20 in Hertford to hear comments on a proposal to establish a no-wake zone on Bethel Creek, a tributary to the Yeopim River in Perquimans County.

The meeting, which will begin at 3 p.m., will be held at the Perquimans 4-H Agricultural Building, located at 601 Edenton Street.

The Wildlife Commission is proposing a no-wake zone because of safety concerns. Currently, approximately six private docks used for swimming, fishing and boating storage are built along Bethel Creek — a narrow, 150-foot wide waterway. Plans for a new subdivision on the northeast side of the creek likely will increase the number of docks and boating traffic.

Wildlife enforcement officers already receive multiple complaints of near misses from boats running at greater than no-wake speed in Bethel Creek. Because of safety concerns for children and families swimming in the creek, along wi

Rank (0) Views 1028 On Thu, Aug 07, 2014 2:25 PM, 77 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be just as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting.

“As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one,” said Travis Casper, coordinator of the Commission’s Hunter Education Program. “Whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up a tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.”

Casper recommended using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place. This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury, he said.

“Always select a healthy, straight tree for placement,” he said. “Let someone know where you are or take someone along

Rank (0) Views 2122 On Tue, Aug 05, 2014 10:02 AM, 80 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 5, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer facilitated permit hunts for youth, 12 to 15 years old, during the upcoming hunting season.

“All participants are provided guidance and assistance,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and accompanying adults always have fun and learn — and typically are successful — during these hunts.”

Youth hunters will be selected by a random, computer-generated draw. A $5 nonrefundable administrative fee is charged for each permit hunt application. The 2014 facilitated hunts are:
Sept. 1 Dove, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Gaston County Application Deadline: Aug. 10
Oct. 4 Deer, at Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, Stokes County Application Deadline: Sept. 1
Oct. 18 Deer, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Lincoln and Gaston counties Application

Rank (0) Views 738 On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 3:54 PM, 84 days ago

ALEXANDER, N.C. (July 31, 2014) —Looking for a different way to enjoy time in the outdoors? Why not try a day of butterfly chasing? The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), needs more volunteers to help with the fifth annual NABA Butterfly Count Aug. 4 on the Sandy Mush Game Land.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers will help Commission personnel and local butterfly enthusiasts count butterflies on the 2,600-acre game land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties. Participants will meet at the kiosk parking lot in front of Cedar Hill Baptist Church on 474 Cedar Hill Road in Alexander.

While Sandy Mush Game Land is managed for hunting as part of the Commission’s Game Land Program, it is also home to a wide variety of non-game species, such as songbirds and butterflies. Commission staff manages the game land for quality early successional habitat and frequently conducts prescribed burns, which

Rank (0) Views 2236 On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 4:04 PM, 85 days ago

TROY, N.C. (July 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened a new fishing access area on the Uwharrie River at the N.C. Hwy. 109 bridge, north of Troy in Montgomery County.

The Hwy. 109 Public Fishing Access Area, located at 3597 N.C. Hwy. 109 North, has a stairway to the river and a canoe slide for launching and retrieving canoes. Commission staff also constructed a dedicated parking area, which has two spaces, including one that is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available along the abandoned N.C. 109 bridge approach above the access area. The latitude and longitude for the site are: 35°25'56.15"N, 80° 1'1.96"W.

This is the second access area that the Commission has constructed on the Uwharrie River for small boats. In 2012, the Commission partnered with The LandTrust for Central North Carolina to open Low Water Bridge Fishing Access Area, which is located approximately 7 miles upstream of the new Hwy. 109 fi

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