Rank (0) Views 1617 On Mon, May 11, 2015 8:35 AM, 51 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (May 11, 2015) Download the May 21st Commission Meeting agenda package below.

May 21, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 4.6 MB)


Rank (0) Views 2662 On Thu, May 07, 2015 4:14 PM, 54 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 7, 2015) — To celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2015, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting more than 30 kids’ fishing events in late May through mid-June. Download a list of kids' fishing events, most of which are free. People interested in attending an event should check the list frequently as more events are added.

In addition to catching fish at an event, young anglers at participating events can enter a statewide drawing for a chance to win one of more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman’s license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Neuse Sport Shop also is donating t


Rank (0) Views 1982 On Thu, May 07, 2015 11:01 AM, 55 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (May 7, 2015) Download the PDFs below for the May 20th committee meetings' agendas. 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.  Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Small Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.  Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 1:15 p.m - 2:00 p.m..  Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Agenda (PDF) 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF) -->


Rank (0) Views 2265 On Thu, May 07, 2015 10:58 AM, 55 days ago



JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (May 7, 2015) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina, as is alligator hunting or otherwise killing an alligator.

Alligators are fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during warmer months.

“If you encounter a gator, please give it plenty of space,” said Sgt. Charles Smith, a wildlife officer stationed in Onslow County. “Leave it alone. Do not approach it or follow it. If you go away, chances are it will go away.”

Alligators are usually shy and secretive. Alligators typically do not stay in one area for an extended period of time. They move considerable distances and will eventually leave on their own.

“Residents may unintentionally provide easy food sources for alligators when they feed other wild animals, such as ducks and geese,” said Jonathan Shaw, a


Rank (0) Views 398 On Thu, May 07, 2015 10:04 AM, 55 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 7, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following game lands:

WHERE: 1 location: Sandhills Game Land – 330 acres in Scotland County. GPS coordinates: 34.90313  79.5648 (see map to right)

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

WHEN: May 5, 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 1238 On Tue, May 05, 2015 2:05 PM, 57 days ago



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 5, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on  May 7 to take comments on adopting permanent rules to create two no-wake zones on Lake Wylie. The first no-wake zone is an amended version of a no-wake zone on the west side of Sadler Island requested by the Lake Wylie Marine Commission. The second no-wake zone is on the east side of Sadler Island. If adopted, the permanent rules will replace the temporary rules adopted by the Commission at its March 18 meeting.

The hearing, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte.

The Lake Wylie Marine Commission originally had requested the Wildlife Commission establish a no-wake zone west of Sadler Island. After multiple site visits, Wildlife Commission enforcement officers identified significant safety issues between kayakers and motorboat operat


Rank (0) Views 459 On Tue, May 05, 2015 10:38 AM, 57 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 5, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: 3 locations:
Sandhills Game Land – 300 acres in Scotland County. GPS coordinates: 34.87998  79.5554  Tillery Game Land – 202 acres of the Longleaf Tract in Halifax County. GPS coordinates: 36 12.86, 77 29.4 Butner/Falls of Neuse Game Land – 63 acres in Durham County. GPS coordinates: 36.0689, -78.8443

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

WHEN: May 5, 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&am


Rank (0) Views 433 On Mon, May 04, 2015 12:46 PM, 58 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 4, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two prescribed burns today on the following game lands:

WHERE: 2 locations:
Sandhills Game Land – 211 acres in Richmond County. GPS coordinates: 35.02354  79.6279
Tillery Game Land – 31 acres of the Longleaf Tract in Halifax County. GPS coordinates: 36 12.27, 77 29.84

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

WHEN: May 4, 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 1236 On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 3:04 PM, 62 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering free outdoor recreational classes this summer through its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The classes are open to the public but have some age restrictions, and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Equipment and materials are provided.

The summer schedule: Fishing (ages 8-12) June 9-10, 9 a.m. to noon; learn the basics of fishing, including baiting your hook, casting practice, and making your own soft plastic lures. Fishing (ages 13-adult) June 11, 9 a.m. to noon; learn the basics of fishing, including rigging your line, casting practice, fish ID, and fishing in Lake Raleigh. Fishing (ages 5-7) June 16, 9-11 a.m.; learn the basics of fishing, including baiting your hook, casting practice, and fishing in Lake Raleigh. Hunting 101 (ages 5-7) July 7, 9-11 a.m.; learn the basics of hunting big game in North Carolina, including wildlife


Rank (0) Views 855 On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 1:04 PM, 62 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering three free fishing skills events in May at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

A Surf Fishing Seminar, scheduled for May 5 from 6:30-9 p.m., is for participants who want to learn the basics of fishing from the surf. Topics will include selecting baits and equipment, reading the water, rigging and casting. Participants also will practice casting a 5-ounce weight, using a 10, 12 or 13-foot surf rod with both spinning and baitcasting surf reels.

A Walleye Fishing Seminar, scheduled for May 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., will provide information on one of North Carolina’s most overlooked fishing opportunities — walleye fishing on Lake Gaston. Mike Thacker, a former professional walleye angler, will present tips and techniques on trolling, drifting and jigging for Gaston’s walleye.

“Mike’s vast experienc


Rank (0) Views 784 On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 11:47 AM, 62 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (April 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced its May schedule of outdoors events and programs at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

All events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Nature Nuts: Salamanders – May 4, 13 & 23; 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Explore Pisgah National Forest in search of the area’s most fascinating amphibians, salamanders.

 
Eco Explorers: Bird Watching – May 4 & 23; 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Discover the types of birds you can expect to find at backyard feeders and in the forest.

 
Beginner Outdoor Photography (Level I) – May 2; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For ages 14 and older. Brush up on the basics of photography and composition while focusing on wildlife and their habitats.

 
On the Water: West Fork Pigeon River – May 7; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For ag


Rank (0) Views 821 On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 5:10 PM, 62 days ago



NOTE: This is a news release issued April 29, 2015 by Duke Energy

TOPTON, N.C. – In order to facilitate work for site enhancements, Duke Energy will temporarily close the Big Choga Access Area on Lake Nantahala beginning May 4.


Improvements to the Big Choga Access Area including paving the parking lot and constructing an accessible vault toilet. The boat ramp will be closed to facilitate the construction activities. During this period, guests may launch boats at the Rocky Branch Access Area located at 28 Alpine Shores Lane. The work at the Big Choga Access Area is scheduled to be completed by the fall 2015 based on weather conditions.


“These improvements are part of ongoing efforts by Duke Energy to ensure quality access areas are available to the recreational boating public for use at our lakes,” said John Crutchfield, director of Duke Energy’s public safety and recreation strategy planning services. 


Big Choga Access Area

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