Rank (0) Views 370 On Mon, Jun 09, 2014 3:23 PM, 44 days ago



HICKORY, N.C. (June 9, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Wittenburg Public Fishing Access Area located on Lake Hickory in Alexander County on June 16 to replace the fishing piers with an accessible floating fishing pier.

The Commission anticipates the closure will last two weeks. Staff will notify the public through a news release and social media when the public fishing area reopens.

Although the fishing area will be closed, the boat ramps will remain open. Other nearby public fishing areas on Lake Hickory include Lovelady, Gunpowder, Dusty Ridge and Oxford.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.


Rank (0) Views 269 On Mon, Jun 09, 2014 10:59 AM, 45 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 9, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today in Scotland County on the Sandhills Game Land.

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

WHEN: June 9

WHERE: One location:

·         356 acres on Sandhills Game Land in Deercroft Community (see area delineated by dark lines on map to the right)

 


Rank (0) Views 669 On Fri, Jun 06, 2014 10:41 AM, 48 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 5, 2014) – If you’re looking for something fun — and free — to do this weekend, check out this list of kids fishing events being held this weekend and next weekend throughout the state.

The events, celebrated as part of 2014 National Fishing and Boating Week, are supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service.

Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide drawing to win more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing privileges in freshwater and saltwater, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N. C. State Council of Trout Unlimited.

Neuse Sport Shop is donating fishing-related prizes, such as tackle boxes, rod-an


Rank (0) Views 549 On Fri, Jun 06, 2014 9:30 AM, 48 days ago



YADKINVILLE, N.C. (June 6, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Yadkin County Parks and Recreation Department to construct a universally accessible fishing pier on a 1-acre pond in Yadkin County Park.

The floating, T-shaped pier features an 8-foot wide walkway and extends 59 feet into the water, ending with an 11’ x 48’ platform. The pier also features three benches and incorporates seven low handrail sections to make it easier for children and wheelchair-bound anglers to cast their lines.

To facilitate easier access to the pier from the nearby parking area, the Yadkin County Parks and Recreation Department built a gravel parking lot and a concrete ADA-compliant parking pad with space for one vehicle adjacent to the pond. Park staff also constructed an ADA-compliant sidewalk that connects the parking pad to the pier.

Earlier this month, Wildlife Commission staff began stocking the pond with 250 catchable-size


Rank (0) Views 363 On Thu, Jun 05, 2014 9:47 AM, 49 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 5, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County.

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

WHEN: June 5

WHERE: One location:

·         344 acres on Sandhills Game Land on County Road and A-6 lane (see area delineated by dark lines on map to the right)

 


Rank (0) Views 2927 On Wed, Jun 04, 2014 4:53 PM, 49 days ago



The Wildlife Commission sent a letter this week requesting an immediate programmatic evaluation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of its red wolf reintroduction in northeastern North Carolina. Utilizing existing data, the letter requests a determination as to whether the experimental red wolf reintroduction is capable of meeting the goals and objectives established for the project. The letter also informs the USFWS that the Wildlife Commission will not authorize sterilization and release of coyotes in the region due to potential for impacts to private landowners and native wildlife. See letter.

 


Rank (0) Views 1544 On Wed, Jun 04, 2014 9:44 AM, 50 days ago



MARION, N.C. (June 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold an informational meeting on June 19 to discuss constructing a shooting range on the Linville Tract of the Pisgah Game Land in Burke County.

The meeting, which is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will be held in Rm. 104 at McDowell Technical Community College, located at 54 College Drive in Marion.  

The proposed range will be located near the intersection of N.C. 126 and Wolf Pit Road, north of Lake James, in Burke County.  It will include a 25-yard pistol range and a 100-yard rifle range.

The proposed range is part of an initiative by the Wildlife Commission to develop and enhance public shooting facilities across the state.  The Commission recently partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to renovate and improve the Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in Uwharrie National Forest in Montgomery County.


Rank (0) Views 807 On Tue, Jun 03, 2014 4:14 PM, 50 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 3, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently received the 2013 Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project award in the category of Research and Surveys, for its evaluation of fish attractors.

Mike Stone, president of the American Fisheries Society Administration Section, presented a commemorative plaque to Jessica Baumann, the Commission’s fisheries biologist who oversaw the fish attractor study, at the Commission’s May business meeting in Raleigh.

Baumann’s research project was entitled “Using the DIDSON to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Different Fish Attractors in Turbid Reservoirs.” She worked with other Wildlife Commission staff to evaluate the effectiveness of four different types of fish attractors — both natural and artificial — to assess how well they congregated fish and how well they held up over a three-year period.

“Sport Fish Restoration Ou


Rank (0) Views 339 On Tue, Jun 03, 2014 10:51 AM, 51 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 6, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today in parts of Richmond, Hertford and Bladen counties.

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

WHEN: April 17.

WHERE: Three locations:

·         297 acres Millstone Rd. and Thrower Ln., on Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County;

·         57 acres of the Mapleton tract of Chowan Swamp Game Land in Hertford County;

·         50 acres on Suggs Mill Pond Game Land in Bladen County


Rank (0) Views 5557 On Mon, Jun 02, 2014 4:11 PM, 51 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on proposed temporary rules regarding coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 19 in the auditorium of Columbia High School, located at 902 East Main Street, Columbia, in Tyrrell County.

The comment period is June 2-23. Comments can be emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org or mailed to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701. For more information on Wildlife Commission temporary rulemaking, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/ProposedRegulations.aspx.

The temporary rules will fulfill the requirements of a recent federal court order that prohibits taking of coyotes in Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington counties, day or night, except under extremely limited circumstances. The prohibition is already in ef


Rank (0) Views 842 On Fri, May 30, 2014 4:16 PM, 54 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (May 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering several outdoors-related events and clinics in June through 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: Raising Trout – June 10, 21& 27, 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7 years old. Learn about the trout hatchery and feed the fish. Eco Explorers: Stream Investigation – June 21 & 27, 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Explore the Davidson River looking for aquatic macro-invertebrates that play an important role in the ecosystem. Close-up Outdoor Photography – June 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For ages 14 and older. For the advanced beginner, this class focuses on the fascinating world of tiny plants and animals. Walking shoes and a camera capable of manual control are suggested.  Kids’ Introduction to Fly Fishing – June 6 &


Rank (0) Views 592 On Fri, May 30, 2014 1:04 PM, 54 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (May 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is seeking volunteers to help with programs and to accommodate increased seasonal visitation.

Many of the volunteer functions require no previous experience. Training will be provided. Volunteer positions include:

Master Anglers, to provide guidance and instruction in fishing programs;

Raceway Monitors, to answer questions about the trout hatchery; and,

Maintenance Assistance, for mowing, garden and facility upkeep.

 “The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is an ideal setting for drop-in visitors and pre-registered program participants alike,” said Melinda Patterson, center director. “To help everyone enjoy a fulfilling experience, we need help from the community to serve as volunteers. I think the volunteer opportunities can be rewarding and a great way to give back to conservation and outdoor recrea

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