Rank (0) Views 884 On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:36 AM, 36 days ago



COLUMBIA, N.C. (March 11, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on March 25 in Columbia, to seek input in developing a management plan for J. Morgan Futch Game Land in Tyrrell County. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Walter B. Jones Sr., Center for the Sounds auditorium located at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on 205 South Ludington Dr., in Columbia.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on J. Morgan Futch Game Land for the next 10 years. The game land is adjacent to U.S. 64, between Columbia and the Alligator River. It comprises 582 acres and is well-known for its waterfowl hunting opportunities. 

“We are seeking input from all users of J. Morgan Futch Game Land and others who are interested in how the property is managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “This meeting is not ju


Rank (0) Views 620 On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 7:10 AM, 36 days ago

CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (March 11, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a prescribed burn today on 1,100 acres of the South Mountains in south Burke and north Rutherford counties, assisted by personnel from a N.C. Forest Service youth program.

 

The prescribed burn will affect approximately 400 acres on South Mountains State Park and 700 acres on South Mountains Game Land. It will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement, and reduction of brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires.

“Prescribed fire is an essential tool in wildlife management, especially in fire-adapted and fire-dependent forest communities,” said Dean Simon, a wildlife biologist and forester with the Wildlife Commission. “Many of our wildlife species and habitats need it not only to survive, but thrive.”

People in the area likely will see smoke from


Rank (0) Views 3341 On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 4:44 PM, 37 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 10, 2014)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Jon Evans to the rank of colonel and chief of the agency’s Division of Law Enforcement, effective today.

The announcement was made to staff and wildlife commissioners earlier this morning. His predecessor, Dale Caveny, retired Feb. 28, after 29 years of service. Evans will supervise a statewide team of 209 wildlife officers who enforce conservation and boating laws, and fish and wildlife regulations. A formal ceremony recognizing this promotion will be held May 12 at the Old House Chamber of the Historic State Capitol Building in Raleigh.

A wildlife officer since 1996, Evans has served as director of wildlife officer training since 2011. He previously had been stationed in Hyde, Martin and Wake counties before being promoted in 2008 to sergeant for Alamance, Orange and Caswell counties. Most recently, as captain in charge of training, he has worked at Commission headq


Rank (0) Views 350 On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 7:25 AM, 37 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 10, 2014) — Hop on down to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh on March 15 for the 20th Annual Reptile and Amphibian Day.

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 slippery 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 — particularly amphibians and reptiles.

Staff will have the popular “Spot the Copperhead” game so that attendees can test their snake-identification skills, as well as herp-related give-away items, such as buttons, tattoos and stickers.

While Reptile and Amphibian Day celebrat


Rank (0) Views 3348 On Tue, Mar 04, 2014 3:52 PM, 43 days ago



RALEIGH,N.C. (March 4, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding anglers that they cannot harvest or possess blueback herring and alewife, collectively known as “river herring,”greater than 6 inches in length while boating on or fishing in inland fishing waters of coastal rivers and their tributaries.

The regulation, which went into effect Aug. 1, 2013, applies to all river herring, regardless of origin, in inland fishing waters of the Roanoke, Tar, Neuse, Cape Fear, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers and their tributaries up to the first impoundment of the main course of the river, the Lumber River, including Drowning Creek, and all other inland fishing waters east of I-95.

Download the Commission’s “Coastal, Joint and Inland Fishing Waters Designation in North Carolina” booklet (PDF) or visit the interactive fishing map to view designations for specific coastal waters.

Learn more about blueback and alewi


Rank (0) Views 1170 On Tue, Mar 04, 2014 11:12 AM, 43 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the 3rd Annual Kayak, Fish and Float workshop on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The free workshop 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, Fresh water kayaking for Bass, Panfish, Catfish and Carp.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice their kayaking skills on Lake Rim using fishing kayaks provided by Hunt, Fish and Paddle — a full-service fishing, kayak and archerybusiness  in Lake Wylie, S.C.

Heroes on the Water, an organization that prov


Rank (0) Views 791 On Mon, Mar 03, 2014 10:12 AM, 44 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (March 3, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is offering several outdoors-related clinics in March through its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located near Brevard in Transylvania County.

All events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Nature Nuts: Bobcats – March 12, March 21, 9-11 a.m. For 4-7 years old. Join staff in exploring the world of bobcats while learning about their life cycle, habitat needs and more. 
Eco Explorers: Casting – March 12, March 21, 1-3 p.m. For 8-13 years old. Enjoy an afternoon learning the fundamentals of casting a fly rod. Equipment and materials are provided. Limited to 8 participants.
Introduction to Fly Fishing – March 5 and March 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 12 and older. Come for a day of fun while learning the basics of fly fishing. Topics include equipment, knots and casting techniques. Equipment and materials provided. Br


Rank (0) Views 2827 On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 9:34 AM, 47 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 28, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved changes to the state’s wildlife management, game land and fishing regulations for the 2014-15 season. These new regulations will take effect Aug. 1, 2014.

Following a process of reviewing public comments on the proposed changes, the Commission voted to adopt the regulation changes at its Feb. 27 business meeting in Raleigh. 

The proposals were approved as presented at the public hearings with several exceptions. Text to five proposals was amended, one proposal was disapproved, and three proposals were removed from consideration.

The amended proposals were: A hunting proposal (H-8) that removes Alexander, Catawba, Iredell, Stokes and Yadkin counties from the list of counties where hunting bear with dogs is prohibited; A hunting proposal (H13) that will allow deer and bears to be taken with any type of handgun and ammunition, replacing the words “except bod


Rank (0) Views 5065 On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 4:53 PM, 48 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 27, 2014)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today approved hunting regulations for 2014-15 that include establishment of a bear hunting season in the Piedmont and allowing the aid or use of unprocessed foods for bear hunting on private lands as long as the bear is not actually consuming the unprocessed foods.

The action came during the regularly scheduled Wildlife Commissioners’ meeting to consider wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2014-15 seasons. The adopted fishing and hunting regulations will take effect Aug. 1, 2014.

The adopted bear hunting proposals will help maintain a healthy bear population in North Carolina, according to Dr. David Cobb, the Commission’s chief wildlife biologist. The recommendations were the direct result of the state’s 10-year Black Bear Management Plan, which utilizes science-based decision making, biologically sound management principles and public input




RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will participate in two premier outdoor shows starting this Friday at the Dixie Deer Classic at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

On March 14-16, Wildlife Commission staff will participate in the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, held on the riverfront in downtown Wilmington.

At the Dixie Deer Classic, one of the most popular white-tailed deer shows in the country, Commission biologists and Wildlife Enforcement Officers will answer questions about white-tailed deer,other game animals and regulations. They also will be staffing the Sensory Safari — a 22-foot trailer filled with animal mounts, pelts and skulls. Staff with the Commission’s Wildlife in North Carolina magazine will be selling 2014 wildlife calendars at a discount of $5, as well as magazine subscriptions. Attendees who purchase a 1- or 3-year magazine subscription will get a free hat.

Women who are interested


Rank (0) Views 470 On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 2:15 PM, 50 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program will offer a basic fly-fishing skills workshop on March 22, at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

This provides a thorough overview of fly tying, fly casting and fly fishing and plenty of hands-on learning.  Experienced instructors emphasize the importance of basic casting techniques and offer one-on-one instruction. After classroom instruction, participants use their new skills on two trout ponds. A $20 fee covers instruction, equipment, lunch, drinks and snacks.

Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 20 participants. BOW is an international program for women, 18 and older, conducted in North Carolina through the Wildlife Commission.

“Fly fishing tends to be associated with mountain streams, but this workshop and its setting in Fayetteville shows the range and diversity of t


Rank (0) Views 1135 On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 9:00 AM, 50 days ago



MORGANTON, N. C. (Feb. 25, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a prescribed burn today on 100 acres of the Johns River Game Land in north Burke County. The prescribed burn will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement, and reduce brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires.

“We will do everything we can to reduce the amount of smoke to nearby residents and neighborhoods,” said Dean Simon, a forester with the Wildlife Commission. “However, people will see smoke while we are conducting this burn and we want to make sure they know it is a prescribed fire on the game land with Wildlife Commission personnel and equipment on site.  Prescribed fire is one of our essential, key tools in wildlife management, and many of our species and habitats need it to not only survive, but thrive.”

A system of regular prescribed burns is advantageous to the habitat of early succes

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