Rank (0) Views 4825 On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:33 PM, 63 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is requesting public assistance in a battle against boat ramp buzzards.

Buzzards, which are also known as vultures, have damaged cars, trucks and boat trailers at some Piedmont boating access areas. Damage and nuisance issues created by boat ramp buzzards include scratches on vehicle hoods and roofs, exterior moldings pulled apart and windshield wipers torn away, as well as large amounts of droppings.

To scare vultures away from boat ramps, Wildlife Commission staff is using visual and audial deterrents, including pyrotechnics and replicas of dead vultures.

The Commission requests the public assist in the effort to reduce vulture visitation by keeping access areas clean and removing trash and food remnants. Anglers should not leave behind fish guts, unused bait and fish carcasses, including in the nearby waterway.

Many boaters are covering vehicles with tarps or covers to prevent damage. Other

Rank (0) Views 4238 On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 2:19 PM, 64 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 29, 2014) — Waterfowl hunters in North Carolina will have the option of purchasing a federal duck stamp electronically, starting Aug. 1. The new “Duck E-Stamp” allows the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to sell stamps electronically through its wildlife service agents, online, and by phone, for $16 plus a $2 transaction fee. Hunters who purchase a duck e-stamp will receive electronic authorization immediately and the actual stamp by mail within 45 days of purchase.

Physical stamps may be obtained directly from select post office locations. For more information, visit https://www.duckstamp.com/.

To hunt migratory waterfowl in North Carolina, hunters must have a valid North Carolina hunting license, HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification and a state waterfowl hunting license, also known as the state duck stamp, which is $13. Along with the state duck stamp, hunters also must have a federal duck stamp to hunt migratory

Rank (0) Views 1066 On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 5:39 PM, 65 days ago

TROY, N.C. (July 28, 2014) — The Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership is hosting a free, day-long invasive species workshop for private forestland owners on Aug. 22 at Montgomery County Community College in Troy. 

The “Invasive Species: Identification and Management” workshop will begin a 9 a.m. with an overview from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff on invasive plant species commonly found in the piedmont of North Carolina. Other presentations include early detection and rapid response procedures, as well as an update on new and emerging species, such as mile-a-minute vine and Cogongrass.

Staff also will conduct breakout sessions on invasive plant identification, including some native “look-alike” species, management tools used to eradicate weeds, including different herbicide applications, hand tools and fire, and safety procedures to follow when managing invasive species.

In the afternoon, workshop parti

Rank (0) Views 5887 On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 4:28 PM, 65 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 28, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1.

Changes include:
Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses. Eligibility requirements for senior licenses, which raise the age to 70 for residents who were born after Aug. 1, 1953. The age requirement remains 65 for residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953. Elimination of county licenses, which include Resident County Hunting, Resident County Trapping, and Resident County Inland Fishing. Increased reciprocal license fees for Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Non-resident, short-term (10-day) hunting license fees will cost $60 for Georgia residents, $75 for South Carolina residents, $70 for Tennessee re

Rank (0) Views 959 On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 3:00 PM, 68 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 25, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Thursday, August 28th commission meeting notice. August 28, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 3702 On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 11:50 AM, 71 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 22, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that if you see an alligator, in most instances it is not necessary to do anything other than leave it alone.

Alligators have become fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during the summer.

Feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina. Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and possibly attack someone.

“Alligators are usually quite shy and secretive,” said Jonathan Shaw, a Wildlife Commission biologist. “If you encounter an alligator, the best option is to leave it alone and give it plenty of space. Alligators typically do not stay in one area for extensive periods of time. They move considerable distances and will eventually leave on their own.”

Alligator hunting or otherwise killing an alligator is prohib

Rank (0) Views 1186 On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 4:49 PM, 76 days ago

ALEXANDER, N.C. (July 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), is conducting the fifth annual NABA Butterfly Count on the Sandy Mush Game Land on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help Commission personnel and local butterfly enthusiasts count butterflies on the 2,600-acre game land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties. Participants will meet at the kiosk parking lot in front of Cedar Hill Baptist Church on 474 Cedar Hill Road in Alexander.

While Sandy Mush Game Land is managed for hunting as part of the Commission’s Game Land Program, it also attracts a wide variety of non-game species, such as birds and butterflies. Commission staff manages the game land for quality early successional habitat and frequently conducts prescribed burns, which help restore the native vegetation not only for game animals, but also for butterflies and other nongame animals that

Rank (0) Views 1268 On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 4:23 PM, 77 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 16, 2014) — When Wildlife in North Carolina, the magazine published by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was named recently as the nation’s best in its category, it reflected more than accolades as a quality publication.

The award also reflected the determination of a dedicated staff to find business sustainability in a rapidly changing marketplace. As the magazine was presented the first-place plaque by the Association for Conservation Information (ACI) on July 10 in Nebraska City, Neb., editorial staff recognized the achievement both professionally and personally.

“Beginning about four years ago, the magazine began to move toward self-sufficiency,” said Jim Wilson, editor. “We had to operate differently and market ourselves creatively. We had to — and must continue to — do so without losing the high standards of quality our readers expect.”

Wildlife in North Carolina be

Rank (0) Views 1117 On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 8:41 AM, 77 days ago

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (July 16, 2014) — With a year of fishing experience under his belt, 8-year-old Tyler Bristol of Clemmons reeled in the catch of a lifetime — a lifetime sportsman license courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston.

Tyler was the grand prize winner in a random drawing among  more than 2,200 participants who attended one of 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were held statewide in May and June as part of National Fishing and Boating Week 2014. He registered for the drawing at the June 7 Albemarle Parks Fish for Fun Day at City Park in Stanly County.

His lifetime sportsman license, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, is valued at $450. It gives Tyler statewide fishing privileges in all public waters from the mountains to the coast, as well as hunting privileges, including hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting.

Tyler, who attended the kids&

Rank (0) Views 1598 On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 9:10 AM, 79 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 14, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a falconry apprentice workshop, presented by the N.C. Falconers Guild, on Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

Falconry is hunting by means of a bird of prey, with strict state and federal requirements in place for ownership of a raptor and hunting with it. Participants at the workshop will learn about identification, anatomy and care of raptors, the history of falconry, bird training and falconry equipment. Live birds will be on hand.

The N.C. Falconers Guild was founded in 1987 to assist and advance falconry and bird-of-prey issues through education and support. The Guild works to advance scientific study of all raptorial birds and their prey species, and to conserve habitat.

“Everyone wanting to practice falconry in North Carolina has to go through an apprenticeship process and be licensed,” said Daron Barn

Rank (0) Views 7979 On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 2:35 PM, 82 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Seasons and bag limits for most species are similar to last year with the notable exception of the dove hunting season. This year, 20 additional days were allowed and the Commission added a portion of those extra days to the early October segment of the season and added the remaining extra days to late November and early December.

Now, once the dove season reopens in late November, it will run until it closes in mid-January, effectively combining the second and third seasons into one extended second season. To lengthen dove season and create the uninterrupted second season, the Commission had to open the second dove season segment on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), not the Monday prior to Thanksgiving that had become the norm for a number of years.

Hunters should also

Rank (0) Views 1867 On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 3:16 PM, 82 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 &

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