Rank (0) Views 1191 On Tue, Dec 23, 2014 10:39 AM, 39 days ago

AURORA, N.C. (Dec. 23, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Aurora Boating Access Area in Beaufort County after completing renovations last week.

The Wildlife Commission renovated the area by replacing the existing narrow ramps with a new two-lane concrete ramp, a floating dock and a courtesy dock. The Commission also replaced the old wooden bulkhead and increased the size of the parking lot. The Commission made the entire access area ADA-compliant by paving the parking lot and adding a concrete sidewalk that connects the parking lot to the ramp, courtesy dock and a universally accessible fishing pier.

The boating access area, which is located at 1 Main Street in Aurora, provides access to South Creek, a tributary of the Pamlico River. Depending on the time of year, anglers launching their boats from the access area can expect to catch inshore saltwater fishes, such as spotted sea trout and striped bass in the fall, and flounder and red dru

Rank (0) Views 1286 On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 5:05 PM, 40 days ago

TAR HEEL, N.C. (Dec. 22, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Tar Heel Boating Access Area on the Cape Fear River in Bladen County after completing renovations today.

The boating access area, which is located at 1000 Wildlife Landing Dr., in Tar Heel, provides boaters on the Cape Fear River opportunities to catch bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, largemouth bass and blue, flathead and channel catfishes. GPS coordinates are: 34° 44’ 43” N, 78° 47’ 9” W.

Wildlife Commission staff replaced the boat ramp and added a universally accessible floating dock. Currently, there are approximately 20 trailer parking spaces in a gravel parking area.

Wildlife Commission staff plans to renovate the parking lot in 2016, shortly after the N.C. Department of Transportation replaces a bridge adjacent to the ramp. Renovations to the parking lot will include creating ADA-access

Rank (0) Views 688 On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 2:34 PM, 40 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 22, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been advised that avian influenza was detected recently in the northwestern United States, but there is no evidence of an immediate threat to North Carolina wild bird populations.

Avian influenza is an infectious disease caused by viruses that occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide. It can infect domestic poultry, as well as other bird and animal species. Avian flu viruses do not normally infect people; however, rare cases of human infection have occurred.

“There is absolutely no cause for alarm but we must acknowledge the federal report,” said Dr. Maria Palamar, wildlife veterinarian with the Wildlife Commission. “The probability of avian influenza occurring in North Carolina is low.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a news release on Dec. 17 that two separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in northern pintail ducks and a g

Rank (0) Views 5544 On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:26 PM, 43 days ago

HIGHLANDS, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2014) — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for anglers’ assistance after gill lice were found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County.

Staff with the Little Tennessee Land Trust found the gill lice in September while sampling fish with the Commission near Highlands. The discovery marked the first time that gill lice have been documented in North Carolina waters. Biologists are concerned what affect these tiny, white crustaceans — also known as copepods — could have on native brook trout populations.

As their name implies, gill lice attach to a fish’s gills, which can traumatize gills and inhibit the fish’s ability to breathe. While most fish are able to tolerate a moderate infestation of gill lice, if they’re suffering from other stressors, such as drought and high water temperatures, fish kills and p

Rank (0) Views 639 On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 8:55 AM, 46 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 16, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on the Suggs Mill Game Land, in Bladen County.

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

WHEN: Dec. 16, 2014

WHERE: One location:

·        Approximately 100 acres in the vicinity of 5273 Live Oak Methodist Church Rd. in White Oak, N.C.

Rank (0) Views 2107 On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 3:54 PM, 50 days ago

COINJOCK, N.C. (Dec. 12, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a limited number of permits remaining for a special youth-only waterfowl hunt on Jan. 31 on Currituck Sound.

The cost is $5 per youth hunter and the deadline to purchase a permit is close of business, Jan. 15. Permits can be purchased at any wildlife service agent location, online, or by calling 1-888-248-6834.

The hunt is for youth between 12-15 years old. Youth hunters must hold hunter education certification to participate in this permit hunt. During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult is not allowed to hunt and does not need a permit. Both the youth and accompanying adult must attend a mandatory orientation session on Jan. 30.

“All participants are provided guidance and assistance every step of the way,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and adults always have fun and le

Rank (0) Views 29223 On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 5:15 PM, 51 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons.

Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity. The proposals meet the General Assembly’s directive and follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chronic Wasting Disease Program standards when regulating deer, elk and other ruminants in the cervid family. In addition, the temporary rules would allow captive cervid licensees to sell antlers, antler velvet and hides from the animals held at their facilities.

Of interest to anglers are 36 proposals including additions to Public Mountain Trout Waters and modification of size and creel limits for reservoir striped bass and Bodie bass (hybrid striped bass).

More information on all of the pro

Rank (0) Views 6165 On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 1:37 PM, 51 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold three public hearings in January to receive comments on rules regarding conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina and the designation of the red wolf as a state listed threatened species.

The public hearings will begin at 7 p.m. on these dates and locations:
Jan. 5 at the Columbia High School auditorium, 902 East Main Street, Columbia, for temporary rulemaking.
Jan. 20 at Swain Auditorium, 200 East Church Street, Edenton, for permanent rulemaking and as part of the District 1 annual public hearing.
Jan. 21 at the courthouse, 302 Broad Street, New Bern, for permanent rulemaking and as part of the District 2 annual public hearing.  

As amended, the rule regulating coyote hunting, 15A NCAC 10B .0219, would prohibit all nighttime hunting of coyotes in the counties of Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington coun

Rank (0) Views 4768 On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 4:21 PM, 52 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission stocked more than 1,000 catchable-sized brook, brown and rainbow trout today in the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center’s ponds in Fayetteville.

The trout were stocked in preparation for four basic fly-fishing clinics open to the public starting in January. The clinics are scheduled for Jan. 3, 17 and 31, and Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Wildlife Commission designed the clinics for participants who have limited or no experience fly fishing. Instructors will teach the basics of fly-casting. They also will teach multiple fly-casting techniques, including on-the-water instruction. 

Two additional clinics for Boy Scouts who want to earn fly-fishing merit badges are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 14.

In addition to stocking the ponds today, the Commission is providing loaner rods, reels and tackle to participants in all clinics.

Kristopher Smith, Pechmann

Rank (0) Views 1748 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 4:52 PM, 57 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (December 5, 2015)  Download the PDFs below for the December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting agenda and agenda package. 
December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Agenda (PDF)
December 9, 2014 Special Electronic Meeting Agenda Package (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 1966 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 4:42 PM, 57 days ago

SWAN QUARTER (Dec. 5, 2014) – Tomorrow Cynthia Dohner, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Gordon Myers, Executive Director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, will strengthen a joint commitment to the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge and its centerpiece Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County, North Carolina. 

The two agencies will announce details of this commitment at 12:30 p.m. Saturday during Swan Days at the Refuge.  It marks the latest action the two agencies have taken in the past 18 months to strengthen their conservation partnership.

The memorandum outlining this joint commitment provides a framework for continued collaboration and cooperation between the Service and the Commission on efforts to improve Lake Mattamuskeet’s aquatic environment and enhance public access to the lake for a variety of recreational uses.  Earlier this

Rank (0) Views 4251 On Fri, Dec 05, 2014 2:34 PM, 57 days ago

HOFFMAN, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2014) — The robust redhorse, a rare fish that occurs in North Carolina only in the Pee Dee River, is getting a boost in population, thanks to a partnership between state and federal wildlife agencies, universities, private industry and the conservation community.

In October, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Duke Energy, released 13,000 robust redhorse, averaging 4 inches in length, into a stretch of the Pee Dee River, just downstream of Blewett Falls Dam in Richmond County.

The stocking effort was the latest step in a long-term conservation plan developed by the Robust Redhorse Conservation Committee, which is leading restoration efforts for the imperiled fish.

Once commonly found in the Pee Dee River, robust redhorse are large, long-lived fish in the sucker family. They can reach up to 31 inches in length and weigh up to 18 pounds. Its thick, robust body with rose-color

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