Rank (0) Views 4850 On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 11:25 AM, 33 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 21, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 5. The season will run through Feb. 28, 2015.

While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.

Streams and rivers in the Wildlife Commission’s Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters Program are marked by green-and-white signs. Commission staff stocks these waters from March until August every year, depending on the individual stream. A list of numbers and species stocked by month and county can be found on the Commission’s website. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently. 

Commission personnel will stock nearly 907,000 trout, with 96 percent of the stocked fish averaging 10 inches in length and




LAWRENCEVILLE, N.C. (March 21, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership, is hosting a Nature and History Day at the Lost Town of Lawrenceville on March 29 from 1-4 p.m.

The free event, which will be held at the Uwharrie Trailhead on Hwy. 24/27 approximately 10 miles west of Troy, will offer activities for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Activities will include a short hike where natural resource professionals will be stationed, providing information and answering questions about wildlife, native forest ecosystems,prescribed fires and invasive species.

An archeologist from the U.S. Forest Service also will be on site discussing the rediscovery of the lost town of Lawrenceville, which served as the county seat for Montgomery County in the mid-1800s, before the seat was moved to the current location in Troy.

Staff will be giving away informational handouts on wildlife conservation, longleaf pine


Rank (0) Views 199 On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 2:50 PM, 34 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 20, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Mimic Lures of Knoxville, Tenn., is offering a free bass-fishing seminar at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on April 10 from 6:30-9 p.m. 

Long-time tournament bass angler Mark McGowan will present “Bassin with Wooden Crankbaits,” covering a variety of topics including:
Anatomy and characteristics of different crankbaits;
Techniques for fishing different crankbaits;
Equipment selection; and,
Fishing locations.

McGowan, a soldier with the U.S. Army, is president of Reel Men Fishing Team and is a member of the Fayetteville Bassmasters, American Bass Anglers and BASS Federation. He has extensive experience in competition fishing. McGowan’s recent tournaments include the Fayetteville Bassmasters, the 24th Annual ABA Military Team Bass Championships at Lake Eufaula, Ala., and the N.C. State Regional Qualifier 6-Man tournam


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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 14, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, working with the Fayetteville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, is offering a new monthly program to wounded, active-duty military personnel and disabled veterans at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Cumberland County.

The Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program will be held on every third Thursday of the month. The free program will be dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of military personnel and veterans with disabilities through the therapeutic benefits of fly fishing. Program activities include:
skill development;
opportunities for socialization with experienced fly-fishermen;
Fly casting, fly fishing, rod building and other fishing-related activities; and,
opportunities to participate in guided fly-fishing outings.

The topic of the March 20 program, scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will be “Discovering Fly Fishing through Di


Rank (0) Views 951 On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 3:54 PM, 41 days ago



Holly Ridge, N.C. (March 12, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting March 27, at 7 p.m., to seek input in developing a management plan for Stones Creek Game Land in Onslow County. The meeting will be held at the Holly Ridge Community Center located at 404 Sound Rd., in Holly Ridge.

Wildlife Commission staff will use input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Stones Creek Game Land for the next 10 years. The game land comprises three separate tracts located off of U.S. 17 and adjacent to Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. Its 2,978 acres offer good public hunting, angling, hiking, wildlife viewing and photography opportunities within a short drive of Jacksonville. 

“We are seeking input from all users of Stones Creek Game Land and others who are interested in how the property is managed,” said Lands Program Manager IsaacHarrold. “This meeting is not just for hunters and a


Rank (0) Views 647 On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 4:50 PM, 42 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free Beginners Fly-Tying Course at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

The three-day course, which is open to anyone 16 years and older, will be held on March 25-27 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. It will cover the fundamentals of tying flies and is a prerequisite course for the Pechmann Center’s Fly-Tying Forum, which provides tiers with instruction in more advanced patterns and the opportunity for regular fly-tying practice.

The Basic Fly-Tying Course provides students with a basic knowledge of fly- tying tools, materials, patterns and tying techniques. The course is taught in a series of steps, allowing students to build skills and steadily advance toward more complex flies. Students will complete six fly patterns in more than eight hours of instruction.

Due to space constraints, the course is limited to 15 participants and pre-registrati


Rank (0) Views 994 On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:36 AM, 43 days ago



COLUMBIA, N.C. (March 11, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on March 25 in Columbia, to seek input in developing a management plan for J. Morgan Futch Game Land in Tyrrell County. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Walter B. Jones Sr., Center for the Sounds auditorium located at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on 205 South Ludington Dr., in Columbia.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on J. Morgan Futch Game Land for the next 10 years. The game land is adjacent to U.S. 64, between Columbia and the Alligator River. It comprises 582 acres and is well-known for its waterfowl hunting opportunities. 

“We are seeking input from all users of J. Morgan Futch Game Land and others who are interested in how the property is managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “This meeting is not ju


Rank (0) Views 652 On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 7:10 AM, 43 days ago

CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (March 11, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a prescribed burn today on 1,100 acres of the South Mountains in south Burke and north Rutherford counties, assisted by personnel from a N.C. Forest Service youth program.

 

The prescribed burn will affect approximately 400 acres on South Mountains State Park and 700 acres on South Mountains Game Land. It will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement, and reduction of brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires.

“Prescribed fire is an essential tool in wildlife management, especially in fire-adapted and fire-dependent forest communities,” said Dean Simon, a wildlife biologist and forester with the Wildlife Commission. “Many of our wildlife species and habitats need it not only to survive, but thrive.”

People in the area likely will see smoke from


Rank (0) Views 3407 On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 4:44 PM, 43 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 10, 2014)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Jon Evans to the rank of colonel and chief of the agency’s Division of Law Enforcement, effective today.

The announcement was made to staff and wildlife commissioners earlier this morning. His predecessor, Dale Caveny, retired Feb. 28, after 29 years of service. Evans will supervise a statewide team of 209 wildlife officers who enforce conservation and boating laws, and fish and wildlife regulations. A formal ceremony recognizing this promotion will be held May 12 at the Old House Chamber of the Historic State Capitol Building in Raleigh.

A wildlife officer since 1996, Evans has served as director of wildlife officer training since 2011. He previously had been stationed in Hyde, Martin and Wake counties before being promoted in 2008 to sergeant for Alamance, Orange and Caswell counties. Most recently, as captain in charge of training, he has worked at Commission headq


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 10, 2014) — Hop on down to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh on March 15 for the 20th Annual Reptile and Amphibian Day.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC), will staff a booth featuring live reptiles and amphibians — collectively known as “herps” — on the third floor of the museum. Come check out slithering corn snakes, hopping toads and slippery salamanders, and don’t forget to pick up some free literature on how to turn your backyard into a haven for all kinds of wildlife — particularly amphibians and reptiles.

Staff will have the popular “Spot the Copperhead” game so that attendees can test their snake-identification skills, as well as herp-related give-away items, such as buttons, tattoos and stickers.

While Reptile and Amphibian Day celebrat


Rank (0) Views 3499 On Tue, Mar 04, 2014 3:52 PM, 49 days ago



RALEIGH,N.C. (March 4, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding anglers that they cannot harvest or possess blueback herring and alewife, collectively known as “river herring,”greater than 6 inches in length while boating on or fishing in inland fishing waters of coastal rivers and their tributaries.

The regulation, which went into effect Aug. 1, 2013, applies to all river herring, regardless of origin, in inland fishing waters of the Roanoke, Tar, Neuse, Cape Fear, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers and their tributaries up to the first impoundment of the main course of the river, the Lumber River, including Drowning Creek, and all other inland fishing waters east of I-95.

Download the Commission’s “Coastal, Joint and Inland Fishing Waters Designation in North Carolina” booklet (PDF) or visit the interactive fishing map to view designations for specific coastal waters.

Learn more about blueback and alewi


Rank (0) Views 1272 On Tue, Mar 04, 2014 11:12 AM, 50 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the 3rd Annual Kayak, Fish and Float workshop on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The free workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics: Kayak Safety and Rigging; Offshore Fishing for King Mackerel; Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout; and, Fresh water kayaking for Bass, Panfish, Catfish and Carp.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice their kayaking skills on Lake Rim using fishing kayaks provided by Hunt, Fish and Paddle — a full-service fishing, kayak and archerybusiness  in Lake Wylie, S.C.

Heroes on the Water, an organization that prov

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