RALEIGH (April 16, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on April 22 at its headquarters in Raleigh to accept public comments on a proposed temporary rule change authorizing the Commission to establish still hunting zones on game lands. 

Under the proposed rule, the use of dogs for taking deer and bear will be prohibited on portions of game land posted as “Still Hunting Zone.”  This new game land designation will provide an additional mechanism for addressing trespass and safety concerns of adjacent private landowners.

Text of the proposed temporary rule may be viewed on the Office of Administrative Hearings website at http://www.ncoah.com/rules/.

Before the Commission can post a Still Hunting Zone, the proposed rule requires the agency to conduct a public meeting in the area where the game land is located and requires presentation of public comments at an official Commission meeting for fina

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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (April 16, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range on Cold Mountain Game Land in Haywood County April 21-25 for routine maintenance and repairs.

Commission staff annually closes the range for one week each spring to clean the grounds, shore the backstop, grade the shooting lanes, and then seed, fertilize and lime the lanes. Staff also will repair and grade the parking area and entrance road, as well as repair or replace shooting benches as needed. The range is scheduled to reopen on April 26.

The Wildlife Commission does not staff the Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range, but it is open to the public free of charge during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. No shooting is allowed on Sundays. Shooters are allowed to use pistols, rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders on the range, which features five shooting lanes.

The range does not have an address, but it is located near Waynesville in Haywood County, a

Rank (0) Views 3456 On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 1:29 PM, 592 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 16, 2014) — The Land Use and Access Committee of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted yesterday to direct staff to coordinate with consultants to repair and improve the dam at Rhodes Pond near Godwin in Cumberland County. The plan was one of three options considered by the committee, which voted unanimously to pursue a course of action that would meet new dam safety requirements imposed after the dam was overtopped during Tropical Storm Andrea in 2013.

The Commission will increase the height of the dam by two feet and replace an existing spillway — a project estimated to cost between $1.5-$2.5 million. The Commission plans to use federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funds to pay for 75 percent of the project costs. The 25 percent balance will come from non-federal matching funds. Of the two rejected options, one incurred a cost estimate of almost double and the other involved permanently draining the 461-acre lake, and removin

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Raleigh, N.C. (April 15, 2014) Download the PDF below for the  April 24, 2014 Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Notice. Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 15, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently accepted a $25,000 check from the National Rifle Association of America to help fund the construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County.

Brian Hyder, director of the NRA’s General Operations, Program Development Education and Training division, presented the check to Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, at the Commission’s headquarters on Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

The state-of-the-art shooting range will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement personnel for practice, training and recreational use for pistol, skeet and trap, rifle and archery.  It will feature a 200-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet and trap shotgun ranges and a 3-D archery course. The Commission will begin construction in late summer.

“The Wildlife Commission is grateful to have the

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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today in parts of Halifax, Richmond and Wake Counties.

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

WHEN: April 14.

WHERE: Three locations:
150 acres on Tillery Game Land near community of Tillery in Halifax Co.;
108 acres on Sandhills Game Land near Rockingham in Richmond Co.; and
239 acres on Butner-Falls Game Land near Butner in Wake Co.  

Andrew Mynatt (Tillery Game Land): 252-536-1372
Chris Jordan (Sandhills Game Land): 910-638-3984
 Brandon Minor (Butner-Falls Game Land): 919-928-4223

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro have extended the deadline for their license plate contest to May 15, 2014. The contest, which was conceived by UNC-G’s Academic Think Tank, will produce a new license plate design for the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program.

The contest’s original April 15 deadline fell within UNC-G’s academic school year, but was extended to give participants more time to develop compelling images to replace the current image of a northern cardinal sitting on a dogwood blossom.

“The contest has generated a lot of excitement and participation, but we also have been hearing from the public that the original deadline was too constraining,” said Ann Berry Somers, Senior Lecturer in Biology at UNC-G. “Though the students coordinating this project will have finished the semester by the new May 15

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CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened two new boating access areas on Glenville Lake, also known as Thorpe Lake, in Jackson County.

The Powerhouse Boating Access Area and the Pine Creek Boating Access Area both provide access to Glenville Lake, which is popular for its bass fishing.

The Powerhouse Boating Access area, which is located 1371 Pine Creek Road, has a 15-foot boat ramp, a 100-foot floating boat dock and two handicapped-accessible parking spaces shared with the adjacent public fishing area. An additional eight graveled parking spaces are available for the general public.

The Pine Creek Boating Access Area is located at 2799 Pine Creek Road, about 1 mile west of the Powerhouse BAA. It features two 15-foot boat ramps on either end of the access area. The southern end of Pine Creek BAA features a new 80-foot floating boat dock next to a new boat ramp. The northern end of the boating access area features a new 100-

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ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (April 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed construction of a universally accessible fishing pier that runs along the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam 2 in Bladen County.

The wooden pier includes an 8-foot by 90-foot fishing platform that runs parallel to the river and a 7-foot by 93-foot walkway that provides access to the fishing platform. A 7-foot by 7-foot concrete abutment connects the pier to an existing ADA-compliant concrete sidewalk that also provides access to the existing concrete boat ramp.

The Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management designed the pier and oversaw construction of the pier, which was completed by a marine contractor. Unlike many of the piers constructed by the Commission, the pier at Lock and Dam 2, like the pier at Lock and Dam 1, is a fixed pier with driven pilings that enable it to withstand high-water events typical on the Cape Fear River.

An existing porti

Rank (0) Views 1286 On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:56 PM, 598 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (April 10, 2014) Download the PDFs below for the  April 15, 2014 Land Use and Access Committee meeting notice and agenda.
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people to leave young wildlife alone. Human encounters with young animals often increase in the spring, when many species bear young.

Handling, feeding or moving an animal can harm or ultimately kill the animal, and poses a risk for human health and safety. Also, it is illegal to keep native wildlife as a pet in North Carolina.

“Well-meaning people can do tremendous harm,” said Ann May, the Commission’s extension wildlife biologist. “No matter how cute, how cuddly, or lost or scared it may appear, the best thing to do is avoid any human interaction.”

Many species, such as white-tailed deer, do not constantly stay with their young and only return to feed them. So while a fawn might look abandoned and alone, it is often just waiting for the female to return. A fawn is well-equipped to protect itself. By the time it is 5 days old it can

Rank (0) Views 1939 On Wed, Apr 09, 2014 1:23 PM, 599 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on 76 acres of the Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County.

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and wiregrass and to stimulate growth of native grasses to benefit wildlife in longleaf pine forest on Wildlife Commission game land.

WHEN: 1 p.m. April 9

WHERE: Sandhills Game Land (Richmond Co.) near Naked Creek Lane. Let/Lon:  -79 35.669 34 54.372

CONTACT: Chris Jordan at 910-638-3984 or chris.jordan@ncwildlife.org

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