Rank (0) Views 1724 On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 3:16 PM, 53 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, presented Riley Halstead, of Pilot Mountain, with a lifetime freshwater fishing license at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh yesterday.

Riley, 7, received her lifetime license as part of a statewide drawing for participants in 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were in held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2014. The Wildlife Commission also drew names for fishing-related prizes to send to 322 other young anglers across the state — from rods and reels and tackle boxes courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop to mini tackle boxes, T-shirts and fishing hand towels from the Commission. A list of all winners, alphabetized by last name, is listed here.

Wildlife Commission Chairman Jim Cogdell presented Riley with her certificate and lifetime license &

DURHAM, N.C. (July 9, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program will offer a free shooting sports and archery workshop on Aug. 23 at the Wake County Wildlife Club range, located at 1313 Coley Road in Durham.

The 9 a.m.-5 p.m. workshop will feature hands-on training in shotgun, rifle, bow and arrow, and crossbow. Experienced instructors will emphasize safety, proper firing techniques and offer one-on-one instruction.

“I would argue the best marksmen in the world are women, and Olympic competition tends to prove me correct,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “No previous experience is needed for this workshop — just an interest in shooting and archery. Thanks to the Wake County Wildlife Club, we will conduct this fun, no-pressure event free of charge.”

The Wake County Wildlife Club will host the workshop and provide instructio

Rank (0) Views 622 On Tue, Jul 08, 2014 4:55 PM, 56 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (July 8, 2014) — Space is still available for the inaugural Marabou Madness Fly-Tying event, which will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Fayetteville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), is hosting the free, public event, which will feature fly-tying demonstrations from accomplished fly-tiers such as Anthony Hipps, the originator of the Hipps’ popper, fly-tying contests, casting games and raffles. Proceeds from the raffles will go to the Fayetteville PHWFF, which will use the money to fund future fly-fishing activities and outings.

“This is our first year holding this event and we encourage everyone to come out to help support our wounded, active-duty military personnel and disabled veterans,” said Tom Carpenter, a fisheries educator with the Pechmann Center. “F

Rank (0) Views 1807 On Tue, Jul 08, 2014 4:27 PM, 56 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 8, 2014) — Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a transmissible and fatal neurological disease of deer and elk, was not detected in a recent statewide survey conducted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Humans are not known to contract CWD. No treatment or cure for CWD exists. Direct, animal-to-animal contact is a means of transmission, but evidence suggests that contaminated environments and equipment also present risks.

“CWD proves devastating to populations of cervids — the family of mammals that includes white-tailed deer, elk, mule deer and moose,” said Dr. Maria Palamar, wildlife veterinarian for the Commission. “The indications of this survey are welcome news.”

The diagnostic laboratory report was from a sampling of more than 3,800 free-ranging deer and elk beginning in 2013 and continuing through earlier this year. Biologists collected brain stem tissue and retropharyngeal lymph nodes from

Rank (0) Views 826 On Tue, Jul 08, 2014 3:20 PM, 56 days ago

CANDOR, N.C. (July 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Troy Boating Access Area on the Little River in Montgomery County after completing renovations last week.

The area, which is located at 2382 Pekin Road in Candor, is a popular destination for anglers looking to catch largemouth bass, bluegill, redbreast sunfish and crappie. Wildlife Commission staff completely renovated the area by constructing a new boat ramp, dock, ADA-compliant parking and kiosks, which provide information to boaters and anglers about the area and fishing opportunities.

Staff also improved the entrance road to the boat ramp.

“The ramp had degraded and had caused problems for launching some of the larger trailers,” said Dean Barbee, a conservation technician supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “The new ramp extends way beyond the old one and should be an excellent launch for all t

Rank (0) Views 1541 On Mon, Jul 07, 2014 11:41 AM, 57 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 7, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Notice of Closed Session of the Committee of the Whole. Notice of Closed Session of the Committee of the Whole (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 928 On Mon, Jul 07, 2014 10:39 AM, 57 days ago

Sportsmen’s Evaluation Assesses Chairs’ Capabilities

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (July 7, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently worked with disabled sportsmen to field test nine new all-terrain wheelchairs, or “track chairs,” at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

Disabled sportsmen tested the Action TrackChairsTM at four activity stations — fishing, archery, air rifle range and wildlife watching — to assess the chairs’ capabilities and provide input on user guidelines and an operational manual that the Wildlife Commission is developing for the general public. In addition to testing the track chairs at activity stations, disabled sportsmen test drove the chairs on different terrain and at different speeds to evaluate the chairs’ maneuverability.

“With treads instead of wheels and a top speed of 5 mph, the track chairs are designed to go just

Rank (0) Views 1545 On Wed, Jul 02, 2014 3:58 PM, 62 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 2, 2014) Download the July 10th, 2014 commission meeting agenda package below.

July 10, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 7 MB)

Rank (0) Views 907 On Tue, Jul 01, 2014 4:54 PM, 63 days ago

MANSON, N.C. (July 1, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the County Line Boating Access Area on Kerr Lake in Vance County after completing renovations last week.

The area, which is located at 188 County Line in Manson, is a popular destination for anglers looking to catch largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, sunfish, white perch and catfish. Renovations included replacing two old boat ramps and a floating dock with two new ramps and a new floating dock. When constructing the ramps, staff raised the top of the ramps approximately 5 feet to make the site usable when the lake’s water level rises.

Staff also installed a new universally accessible floating fishing pier that is approximately 170 feet long with an 11-foot x 48-foot fishing platform at the end.

Commission staff improved and expanded the existing gravel parking area to a paved parking area featuring 45 trailer spaces, including two ADA-compliant spaces. The expanded p

Rank (0) Views 969 On Tue, Jul 01, 2014 4:34 PM, 63 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 1, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will again team with the State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies over the July 4 holiday weekend for the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign.

This annual multi-agency initiative works to ensure everyone can travel on highways and waterways safely during summer holidays. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest.

“Operating a boat while impaired increases your chances of being involved in an accident,” said Lt. Jeremy Harrill, a wildlife officer who will patrol Lake Norman this holiday weekend. “If you are charged with operating while impaired, you will have to appear before a judge. Penalties include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time.”

Harrill s

Rank (0) Views 1126 On Tue, Jul 01, 2014 1:21 PM, 63 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 1, 2014) Download the PDF's below for the July 9th committee meeting agendas.
9 - 11:30 a.m. JOINT MEETING - Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee and Big Game Committee (PDF)
11:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Fisheries Committee Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
3 - 3:30 p.m. Boating Safety Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)




Rank (0) Views 815 On Tue, Jul 01, 2014 1:12 PM, 63 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 1, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, July 9th committee meetings' notice. July 9, 2014 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

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