Rank (0) Views 800 On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 7:05 AM, 47 days ago



HIGH POINT, N.C. (July 16, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the City of High Point, recently renovated the public fishing area at the marina on Oak Hollow Lake.

Staff constructed a universally accessible, T-shaped fishing pier on the 800-acre lake. The pier, which is 60 feet long and 48 feet wide at the top of the “T,” has high and low handrails to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast. Staff also constructed a universally accessible sidewalk that connects the pier to an existing accessible parking area.

The lake offers a unique opportunity for anglers to target both striped bass and hybrid striped bass that are stocked yearly by the Commission. Anglers also can expect to find an excellent largemouth bass fishery, as well as fisheries for black crappie, bluegill and catfish. 

Oak Hollow Marina provides free loaner rods and reels for the day through the Wildlife Commission’s Ta


Rank (0) Views 3938 On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 2:16 PM, 48 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 15, 2015) – As sightings of alligators become more numerous in North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering tips on how to co-exist peacefully with these large reptiles.

While they may look scary and intimidating, alligators are, for the most part, shy and secretive, preferring to spend their time sunning along the banks or lurking just beneath the surface of waters in coastal North Carolina.

However, as the human population continues to grow and wildlands used by alligators continue to be developed, interactions between the two are inevitable. When interactions do occur, there are several steps people can take to prevent conflicts with alligators. The first thing people should do when seeing an alligator is also the easiest — nothing.

“If you spot an alligator, simply leave it alone and it will typically move on within a few hours to a couple of weeks,” said Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Com


Rank (0) Views 207 On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 9:26 AM, 48 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 15, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

Suggs Mill Pond Game Land –  70 acres in Bladen County.  GPS coordinates:  79.5701, -78 40.0’, 5 miles northeast of White Oak

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

WHEN: July 15, 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 725 On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 3:56 PM, 50 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (July 13, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Fayetteville Creek Boating Access Area after completing renovations today. The boating access area, which is located at 2517 Wilmington Highway in Fayetteville, provides access to the Cape Fear River where anglers can catch American shad and striped bass in the spring and catfish, largemouth bass, spotted bass and various sunfish species throughout the year. GPS coordinates are: 34° 59’ 48” N , 78° 51’ 2” W. Wildlife Commission staff constructed a new 285-foot-long concrete boat ramp, with an 80-foot-long floating dock. The renovated gravel parking area has five single-car spaces, including one that is ADA compliant and 17 vehicle-trailer spaces, one of which is ADA compliant. The Commission paid for the renovation of the Fayetteville Boating Access Area using money from motorboat registration receipts as well as funding fr


Rank (0) Views 41 On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 3:42 PM, 50 days ago





FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (July 13, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Fayetteville Creek Boating Access Area after completing renovations today. 

The boating access area, which is located at 2517 Wilmington Highway in Fayetteville, provides access to the Cape Fear River where anglers can catch American shad and striped bass in the spring and catfish, largemouth bass, spotted bass and various sunfish species throughout the year. GPS coordinates are: 34° 59’ 48” N , 78° 51’ 2” W.

 

Wildlife Commission staff constructed a new 285-foot-long concrete boat ramp, with an 80-foot-long floating dock. The renovated the gravel parking area has five single-car spaces, including one that is ADA compliant and 17 vehicle-trailer spaces, one of which is ADA compliant.  

 

The Commission paid for the renovation of the Fayetteville Boating Access Area using money




Note: The news release below was issued by the U.S. Forest Service on July 10, 2015

New Bern, N.C. (July 10, 2015) – U.S. Forest Service officials announced today that an emergency closure order, effective July 13, 2015, prohibiting target shooting on the Croatan National Forest has been issued to protect public safety and prevent natural resource damage. The order will be in effect for 120 days. The order does not limit lawful hunting activities on the forest.

“The resource damage, and more importantly, the public and employee safety hazard posed by the significant uptick in firearm use on the Croatan led us to this point,” said Jim Gumm, Croatan District Ranger. “Shooting sports are an entirely appropriate use of Forest Service land but we have to make sure it can be done safely and without having a negative effect on other resources.”

Over the past year, the Forest Service has responded to hundreds of complaints from citizens


Rank (0) Views 1944 On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 12:18 PM, 53 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (July 10, 2015)  Download the July 16th Commission Meeting agenda package below.

July 16, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 10.8 MB)


Rank (0) Views 25042 On Thu, Jul 09, 2015 5:18 PM, 54 days ago




Frequently Asked Questions About the Outdoor Heritage Act

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 9, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today that Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law the Outdoor Heritage Act (House Bill 640), which includes measures to promote wildlife-related recreation and youth involvement in outdoor activities across the state.

The legislation creates an Outdoor Heritage Council, along with a trust fund to engage youth in the outdoors, amends some wildlife regulations, and provides for Sunday hunting with firearms on private property with restrictions. The law takes effect Oct. 1. Details will be included in the 2015-2016 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, which will be available Aug. 1.

In April, the Wildlife Commission adopted a resolution in support of the Outdoor Heritage Act because of its focus on private property rights, additional hunting opportunities and increased public involvement in outdoor activ


Rank (0) Views 1289 On Wed, Jul 08, 2015 3:32 PM, 55 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (July 8, 2015) Download the PDFs below for the July 15th committee meetings' agendas. 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF) 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)




RALEIGH, N.C. (July 8, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the State Highway Patrol released the totals for the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign for the period of Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.

The multi-agency initiative is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure safe travel on highway and waterways during the summer months. Many vehicle and vessel accidents are alcohol-related. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 is subject to arrest.

The totals reflect each agency’s enforcement efforts during the holiday weekend.

Wildlife Resources Commission:

·         Boats Checked: 534

·         Boaters Contacted: 1,966

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Rank (0) Views 409 On Wed, Jul 08, 2015 9:14 AM, 55 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 8, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the following game land:

WHERE: One location:

Sandhills Game Land – 181 acres in Scotland County.  GPS coordinates: 35.05225  79.5701

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

WHEN: July 8, 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 1079 On Tue, Jul 07, 2015 3:46 PM, 56 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (July 7, 2015)  Download the PDF below for the July 16, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda.

July 16, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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