Rank (0) Views 807 On Tue, Jul 08, 2014 3:20 PM, 51 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 1524 On Mon, Jul 07, 2014 11:41 AM, 52 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 913 On Mon, Jul 07, 2014 10:39 AM, 52 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 1526 On Wed, Jul 02, 2014 3:58 PM, 57 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 885 On Tue, Jul 01, 2014 4:54 PM, 58 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 943 On Tue, Jul 01, 2014 4:34 PM, 58 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 1108 On Tue, Jul 01, 2014 1:21 PM, 58 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 803 On Tue, Jul 01, 2014 1:12 PM, 58 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)


Rank (0) Views 808 On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 4:08 PM, 59 days ago



HICKORY, N.C. (June 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission last week reopened the Wittenburg Public Fishing Access Area, which is located on Lake Hickory in Alexander County, after making renovations to the area.

Staff removed two, smaller floating fish piers and installed a larger, single floating fishing pier, which is universally accessible. The pier is located at the end of the peninsula adjacent to the Wittenburg Boating Access Area, which is located just west of the Hwy. 127 bridge. 

Staff also completed an 8-foot wide concrete path that connects the new pier to an existing, paved walking path. An adjacent parking area has one van-accessible space, two standard accessible spaces and 28 single vehicle spaces. The concrete path, walking path and parking area are all ADA-compliant.

“The new pier in a central location is a huge improvement over the two, separate smaller piers that were in place at this site,” said Jeff Ferg


Rank (0) Views 862 On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 6:56 PM, 62 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (June 27, 2014)  Download the PDF below for the July 10, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda.

July 10, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


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FRANKLIN, N.C. (June 27, 2014) — Nantahala Lake, a 1,065-acre reservoir in Clay and Macon counties, has spawned two state records for kokanee salmon in less than a week.

On June 6, Fred Mix, of Rainbow Springs, broke the existing record of 3 pounds, 9 ounces, held since 2009 by Ashley Swann, of Swannanoa, after reeling in a 3-pound, 15-ounce fish, using a homemade spinner. 

Five days later, on June 11, Jeffery Todd Smith broke Mix’s record, catching a kokanee salmon that weighed 4 pounds, 1 ounce. He used flashers and dodgers as lures.

Like many anglers in the area, Smith, who is from Mills River in Henderson County, knew that kokanee salmon are found in North Carolina only in Nantahala Lake, having been stocked in the mid-1960s by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in an attempt to establish the species as a forage fish.

He said he has been trolling the lake for the last two years, hoping to catch a record-breaking salmon. On June 11, whi


Rank (0) Views 2950 On Thu, Jun 26, 2014 2:40 PM, 63 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer.

From July 1 through Aug. 31, wild turkey sightings by volunteers and Wildlife Commission staff can be recorded and entered into an online database. The information gives an indication of annual wild turkey productivity, gobbler carryover and other population trends — all of which help the Commission manage the state’s turkey population.

To participate, volunteers should use the online survey link on the Wildlife Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org, or directly at http://ncwildlife.org/summerturkeysurvey.

Before the 1970s, wild turkeys were scarce in North Carolina, with only about 2,000 birds statewide. Today, there are more than 260,000 birds from the mountains to the coast, and wild turkeys are one of North Carolina’s most popular game animals.

Survey summaries are

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